On Friday, July 11, ONE FC held its 18th show from Taipei, Taiwan. It was the first time that the promotion had put on an event in Taiwan and it certainly didn’t disappoint. None of the bouts went to the scorecards, with all fighters looking to impress to try and win the inaugural “Warrior” bonus worth $50 000.

With another event in the books, it’s time to take a look at what fights should be made in the future for some of the event’s standout performers.

Eric Kelly vs. Koji Oishi

With his submission victory over Rob Lisita, Eric Kelly booked a date with featherweight champion Koji Oishi. Kelly did well to weather the storms of Lisita and displayed a lot of heart throughout the back-and-forth bout. Kelly’s performance was rewarded by CEO Victor Cui with the promotion’s first Warrior Bonus.

Koji Ando vs. Adrian Pang

Koji Ando made his return to action by blasting through Rafael Nunes to hand the Brazilian his first professional loss. Now that Ando has the perceived “cage rust” out of the way, it makes sense to pair him up with former Legend FC lightweight champion Adrian Pang, who is yet to make his ONE FC debut. Both men are veterans of the Asian MMA circuit and have held titles across the Asia-Pacific region. This bout would establish the true top contender for the ONE FC lightweight title.

Jake Butler vs. Cristiano Kaminishi

In his first bout following his first professional loss, Jake Butler intelligently showcased his wrestling skills. While Mohamed Ali pushed the action early, taking his aggression to Butler, it was a matter of fighting with the smartest game plan for the Evolve MMA fighter. Having Butler square off with newly signed Cristiano Kaminishi next would make the most sense, with the light heavyweight division being quite shallow at the moment. Kaminishi, a very well-versed grappler, would present another new challenge for Butler. It wouldn’t be as cut and dry for Butler in this fight, as taking the fight to the mat would certainly present a new challenge in itself for the NCAA Division I wrestler. This fight could even serve as a title bout for the shallow division.