Total Domination.

It’s a great name for an event. It also sums up the challenge against which the evening’s underdogs, Cody Stevens and Soo Chul Kim, find themselves. Both men have shown flashes of potential, but they face tall tasks when they step into the ONE FC spotlight.

For co-headliner Stevens, that challenge comes in the form of Shinya Aoki. The Japanese grappler has been a fixture in the lightweight division for years, with some jaunts up to welterweight tossed in for good measure. Now, however, he’s exploring new ground by entering ONE FC’s featherweight division. Aoki, who still holds the promotion’s lightweight strap and plans to defend it, is an adversary like no other Stevens has met. Can the wrestler pick up a marquee win, or will the legendary Aoki pick up his first win in an attempt to conquer another division?

In the night’s main event, it’s the bantamweight champ that finds himself in the same shoes as Stevens. After winning the title over a year ago, Soo Chul Kim has been sidelined. In the meantime, ONE FC opted to crown an interim champion. That title belongs to Bibiano Fernandes, a highly decorated grappler and longtime top-10 bantamweight. Kim, whose record sits at an underwhelming 7-4, has a lot to prove against his highly touted adversary. Can he score the upset, or will the world-class jiu-jitsu of Fernandes prove too much to overcome?

Those are just two of the intriguing match-ups on a 10-fight bill that also includes prospects Eddie Ng, Peter Davis and Jake Butler and veterans Tatsuya Mizuno and Rafael Silva.

Fans can watch the entire card through a live pay-per-view stream on live at 7 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET).

For this event, The MMA Corner moved the round table out of the room, swept the floors and strapped on the gloves for a one-on-one sparring session between writers Rob Tatum and Bryan Henderson, who share their opinions for the entire lineup.

LW: Eddie Ng (6-1) vs. Peter Davis (6-2)

Tatum: Two of Asia’s top lightweight prospects lock horns when Hong Kong’s Eddie Ng clashes with Malaysia’s Peter Davis. Both fighters will enter the ONE FC cage riding a wave a success within the promotion.

Evolve MMA product Ng steps into the cage following a slick second-round armbar win over Arnaud Lepont. The fight featured the toughest competition Ng has faced to date, and he passed with flying colors. The victory was his fourth straight and third consecutive under the ONE FC banner. Interestingly, the fight with Davis will mark the first time in the 27-year-old’s career that he will compete twice in one year. In his seven career outings, Ng has never seen the scorecards.

Davis, on the other hand, has had similar success to his opponent while fighting in the ONE FC cage, but he’s faced lesser competition. In fact, Davis enters the bout on the heels of a loss to Costa Rican fighter Ariel Sexton in June that took place in the MIMMMA promotion in his native Malaysia. Davis has shown a well-rounded skill set, winning thrice by strikes and twice by submission.

On the surface this fight looks like a close match-up, but digging a little deeper, it’s clear that this is Ng’s fight to lose. He’s faced tougher competition than Davis, and despite Davis’ status as “the face of Malaysian MMA,” Ng is likely to batter that face. Ng takes this by second-round TKO.

Henderson: Ng has preyed on Muayfit fighters in his recent wins. Guess what? Davis is a Muayfit fighter. There might be some foreshadowing in that fact.

Ng will be giving up three inches in height to the 5-foot-11 Davis, but he has worked with world-class striking coaches at Evolve MMA and should be able to overcome any reach advantage he faces in order to land significant blows. Davis, however, is also a skilled striker and can dish out punishment too. Both men have lost via strikes, so this could be a matter of who lands the first clean blow.

Although I’m not quite as inclined as my colleague in calling this Ng’s fight to lose, I will still give the man with no vowels in his last name the edge. What makes this a truly compelling fight is the fact that both men have a number of quick first-round finishes. Furthermore, this could perhaps turn out to be a lightweight title eliminator bout.

Someone is getting knocked out, and I’ll say that someone is Davis. Ng takes the win and moves into position to challenge for Shinya Aoki’s lightweight title.

FW: Shinya Aoki (33-6) vs. Cody Stevens (11-5-1)

Henderson: For years now, we’ve known Shinya Aoki as a dominant lightweight who occasionally moves up to welterweight. But now the “Tobikan Judan” has posed a new question for us to ponder: What happens when he moves down in weight, not up? The former Dream lightweight champion and current ONE FC lightweight champ is headed to featherweight, where he’ll meet Cody Stevens in the ONE FC 11 co-headliner.

Aoki is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and judo, and 21 of his wins have come by way of submission. The Japanese star is much less proficient on his feet. He’s suffered four of his losses by some form of knockout and he only has two stoppages via strikes (one due to a cut, the other by verbal submission). Aoki’s intent is obvious. He’s going to want this fight on the ground, and he may even pull guard to get it there. The x-factor is how he utilizes his size at the new weight class.

Stevens is just 3-4-1 over his last eight fights, with a win over Dustin Neace and losses to the likes of Wilson Reis, Saul Almeida and Calvin Kattar. Stevens suffered one stoppage loss early in his career, but his four most recent defeats came on the scorecards. Even Reis couldn’t put him away with a submission. The Tiger Muay Thai product features a wrestling base and often looks to put opponents on the mat, where he sometimes pursues a submission or ground-and-pound finish.

Stevens has faced some tough competition in his career, but nothing close to what Aoki offers. It’s really a matter of how well Aoki handles the weight cut and acclimates to his new division. Assuming all goes well in those areas, Aoki should be able to utilize his size and lanky frame to get the best of Stevens. Aoki is a elite submission specialist, and he’ll take advantage of any mistakes that Stevens makes. This one ends before the midway point with Aoki picking up the submission victory.

Tatum: It’s hard to argue with Bryan’s analysis of this fight. Aoki has been a staple of the Asian MMA scene for a decade and the 30-year-old is now looking to make his mark on the 145-pound division.

As long as Aoki isn’t forced to stand and trade with an opponent, he can be one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet. His relentless submission attack and creative positional control have perplexed numerous opponents. Since moving to Evolve MMA, Aoki has showcased a renewed killer instinct, stopping all three of his opponents in the ONE FC cage.

Stevens won’t be cannon fodder in this fight, as his wrestling game and submission defense have proven that he is worthy of stepping into the cage with the submission ace. However, outside of the recent win over the UFC veteran Neace, Stevens has struggled against tougher competition. That doesn’t bode well for him against Aoki.

I’ll concur with my fellow panelist and take Aoki to impress in his featherweight debut, eventually finding a slick submission in the second round to coax a tap from Stevens.

BW Championship: Bibiano Fernandes (14-3) vs. Soo Chul Kim (7-4)

Tatum: There’s a reason this fight takes the top billing. Anytime that a promotion unifies belts, there are sure to be fireworks. As in most cases, this fight will feature a returning champion who has been on the shelf for a lengthy period of time and a hungry interim champion that is ready to prove he belongs atop the weight class.

South Korea’s Soo Chul Kim may not be a household name to American MMA fans, but the hard-hitting 21-year-old is one of the most promising fighters in all of Asia. After a rough patch in late 2011 that saw the young fighter drop three straight fights, the Team Force product rebounded in a big way, putting together three wins in a row. The last, a violent TKO of Leandro Issa, avenged one of the three prior losses and earned Kim the ONE FC bantamweight championship.

On the other side of the cage, Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes is a more familiar name to MMA fans. The former Dream champion was on the verge of signing with the UFC prior to joining ONE FC. Fernandes is a consensus top-10 fighter, and it was no surprise that he was able to capture the interim title at ONE FC 9 with a lopsided decision win over Koetsu Okazaki.

Although Kim has a lot of upside, he is lacking in two areas: experience and grappling ability. He has succumbed to chokes against American Anthony Leone and Gustavo Falciroli. Against a world-champion grappler like Fernandes, he will be in a lot of trouble when the fight hits the mat. Couple that with Fernandes improved striking and track record of beating some of the best names in Asian MMA, and I only see one outcome in this fight: Fernandes by first-round rear-naked choke.

Henderson: Fernandes is out of place in any promotion that doesn’t feature the very best bantamweights in the world. Until he finds such a promotion (hint, hint: it’s the UFC), he’s going to rule over a roster of fighters who can’t keep up with his lightning-fast transitions, world-class grappling or even his progressing striking arsenal.

Fernandes has suffered just three losses in his 17 fight career. The first two came within his first three pro fights and were handed to him by Urijah Faber and Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, both in their prime. His other loss came to Hiroyuki Takaya via unanimous decision in 2010. The 33-year-old is 13-1 over his last 14 fights and rides a six-fight winning streak into this title unification bout. What is surprising about the diminutive speedster’s career is that he has only submitted five opponents, while taking eight of his wins on the scorecards.

Kim’s submission losses raise a red flag in this pairing. If Leone and Falciroli could choke him, Fernandes should do so with ease. That’s not to say it’s a sure thing, though. Kim has twice fought BJJ world champion Leandro Issa, losing a close decision in the first fight and knocking out Issa in the rematch to win the ONE FC crown. If Fernandes doesn’t take Kim’s striking seriously, he could find himself in serious trouble.

Fernandes is still one of the best bantamweights in the world. As long as he doesn’t get careless, the highly decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt should fare well in this outing. He’ll look to avoid engaging in a stand-up war with Kim and instead seek to bring the fight to the mat. He’s incredibly quick in dragging opponents down and advancing position, and that will come into play in this fight. Fernandes gets the early submission win.

Quick Picks
BW: Marc Marcellinus (0-0) vs. Stephen Langdown (0-0)

Henderson: Expect this to be a Muay Thai battle between former Singapore policeman Stephen Langdown and Marc Marcellinus, who grew up in a tribal setting in Borneo with little contact with the outside world. Marcellinus also incorporates a karate background and has earned honors in that sport. Look for the Malaysian to hand Langdown a loss in an entertaining stand-up scrap.

Tatum: As Bryan suggested, this is going to be a striking war. Both fighters possess backgrounds in the stand-up arts, but their vastly different upbringings are likely to be the difference in this fight. Marcellinus’ journey to the ONE FC cage is one of the more intriguing stories in MMA, and, like my colleague, I’ll take the Borneo native to edge out Langdown by decision.

72 kg/158.7 pounds: Alex Lim (1-2) vs. Juan Wen Jie (2-0)

Tatum: This lightweight clash has the familiar feel of the undercard as Impact MMA product Juan Wen Jie hails from Singapore, while TNT Kickboxing’s Alex Lim calls Malaysia home. On paper, you’d think the undefeated Jie might be the favorite, but despite Lim’s subpar record of 1-2, he has faced much tougher competition. In fact, Lim’s opposition stands a combined 24-10, while Jie’s foes are a combined 2-4. Look for Lim to get back to .500 with a one-sided decision win.

Henderson: Most of that combined 24-10 record of Lim’s opposition comes from the 18-5 Will Chope, against whom Lim lasted all of 2:40 before succumbing to a rear-naked choke. Lim returned 19 days later to defeat a fighter who is now 0-2 and lose to a fighter who now holds a 6-3 mark. The losses came in the first round and the win was a split decision. Obviously, I’m not as impressed as Rob is with Lim. Jie’s opponents might have a meager combined mark, but at least the Muay Thai instructor defeated them and did so in decisive fashion. This one isn’t headed to a decision, but rather to the mat, where Jie’s superior grappling skills will give him the win.

Women’s StrawW: Ann Osman (0-0) vs. Sherilyn Lim (0-0)

Henderson: Sherilyn Lim trains under Darren De Silva at Fight G and already has an amateur MMA championship in her trophy case. The 23-year-old has a Muay Thai background, as does her counterpart, Ann Osman. Lim should impress in her pro debut, taking a decision win over Osman.

Tatum: The lone women’s bout on this card should be an entertaining battle as Osman and Lim make their pro debuts. Lim may have an amateur title on her resume, but Osman has the chance to play spoiler. Look for Lim to wilt under the pressure of performing in front of her native crowd and Osman to walk out with a decision win.

FlyW: Khim Dima (0-0) vs. Rene S. Catalan (0-1)

Tatum: At first glance, fans might not think much of this flyweight contest, but it could be a barn-burner. Dima may be 0-0 in MMA competition, but the Cambodian carries a 40-6-3 record in kickboxing. That striking prowess may come in handy against the Filipino, Catalan, who is a four-time Wushu world champion. Catalan’s lone MMA bout came inside the ONE FC cage, where he suffered a submission loss to Alex Silva. Look for a back-and-forth battle to end with Dima scoring a late third-round TKO.

Henderson: Not only is Dima a successful kickboxer, but he has been fighting since the age of eight. Now 22, he has a wealth of experience under his belt, but it has all been in the striking disciplines. He’s facing a 35-year-old Catalan who has a very tragic story, having suffered through the death of an infant son in 2011 and a loss in his first MMA fight after burying his wife. Catalan may be able to exploit Dima’s lack of a ground game, but Dima has been drilling with the Cambodian wrestling team and should have adequate takedown defense to keep the fight standing. I’ll agree with Rob and say this fight ends in a TKO win for the debuting Dima.

FW: Mitch Chilson (4-1) vs. Shannon Wiratchai (2-1)

Henderson: Mitch Chilson and Shannon Wiratchai face off in a rematch after their first encounter was ruled a no-contest. Chilson, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt, was submitted by Eric Kelly, but has rebounded with three wins. Wiratchai is a dangerous opponent, but Chilson’s game has improved while at Evolve. He’ll be better prepared this time around and will use his striking to rock Wiratchai before finishing him with a submission.

Tatum: The first meeting between Chilson and Wiratchai ended in a no-contest under the promotion’s previous set of rules involving soccer kicks. In this meeting, those rules are more clear and Chilson will ride his current wave of momentum to get the better of Wiratchai. Unlike my counterpart, I think Chilson ends the fight with strikes.

LHW: Sylvain Potard (5-3) vs. Jake Butler (3-0)

Tatum:If there’s one fight that has the chance to steal the show on this card, it’s the light heavyweight clash between France’s Sylvain Potard and American Jake Butler. Potard possesses a strong judo base and that has eased his transition to MMA. He will make his promotional debut at the event. Butler, meanwhile, is a former NCAA division I wrestler that has steamrolled through his first three bouts with the promotion. Look for the Evolve MMA product to continue rolling with a decision victory over the Frenchman after three hard-fought rounds.

Henderson: This could also be a fight where fans won’t want to blink. Butler has seen less than eight combined minutes of action in his career, and he’s never been past the three-minute mark in a fight. Potard has had a mediocre MMA career after two decades in judo. He won’t be able to stop Butler’s takedowns or submission attempts. Potard has lost twice via submission inside of two minutes of the opening frame, so expect Butler to make quick work of the judoka and coax a tapout.

MW: Tatsuya Mizuno (11-9) vs. Rafael Silva (39-13)

Henderson: Tatsuya Mizuno has dropped down to middleweight and faces Rafael Silva, a veteran of more than 50 fights. Mizuno is a former Dream Grand Prix finalist and Silva is a freestyle wrestling champion. Don’t be fooled by Mizuno’s middling 11-9 record, the Japanese fighter has taken those nine losses against some stiff competition and has typically fought much tougher opponents than Silva. Silva will seek to drag Mizuno to the ground for the submission finish, but Mizuno has the size to keep the fight standing. Silva isn’t an easy finish, so look for Mizuno to settle for the decision victory in snapping the Portuguese fighter’s seven-fight winning streak.

Tatum: Like Bryan said, Mizuno’s record is misleading. The Japanese veteran has faced a gauntlet of opponents in his career, many of whom have competed for the UFC. Silva, meanwhile, may have over 50 fights, but most fans would be hard-pressed to recognize more than a handful of names on his record. That significant discrepancy in competition leads me to believe that Mizuno will take this fight, likely by submission.

Photo: Bibiano Fernandes (center) (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

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