Australian strawweight Faine Mesquita will be in action at ONE Friday Fights 43. She faces Baktygul Kurmanbekova at Lumpinee Stadium on Friday night.
Mesquita (1-0) won gold at the IMMAF world championships in Serbia last year. She was competing in the flyweight division and won four fights in the space of four days.
After that success Mesquita went on to make her professional debut in July. She won with a rear naked choke in the first round and has been handed an opportunity to compete on a ONE Championship card.
Her opponent is Kurmanbekova (4-2) who has much more professional experience. The Uzbek is coming off a win over Maria Eugenia Zbrun at UAE Warriors 44.
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Three out of three
As previously announced two Filipinos will be back in action at Lumpinee Stadium tomorrow. Carlos Alvarez and Dave Bangguigui have both been booked for ONE Friday Fights 43.
Alvarez has already won three fights out of three at Lumpinee Stadium this year. All his wins have come on the ground and inside the distance, last time out he submitted Phruethukorn Chaichongcharden at ONE Friday Fights 36.
This Friday he has been matched with Nachin Sat a Mongolian who is based in Russia. Another win for the Filipino featherweight would surely secure him an official contract offer from ONE Championship.
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Bangguigui fights out of Fight Corps MMA in Baguio. Like Alvarez he won his first three fights at Lumpinee Stadium this year, even scoring a decision win over experienced BJJ black belt Marcus Paulo Amaral at ONE Friday Fights 14.
Bangguigui suffered his first loss in over eight years when he was stopped by undefeated Uzbek Sanzhar Zakirov at ONE Friday Fights 42. The Filipino will be looking to get back on track when he faces Ryosuke Honda in a strawweight bout.
Honda has been competing in Deep’s flyweight division and has been in with some of the top 125lbers in Japan. He has faced the likes of Ryohei Kurosawa, Ryuya Fukuda, Yuki Ito and Haruo Ochi and has been preparing for this fight at Tiger Muay Thai.
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Best of the rest
A flyweight Muay Thai fight will headline the card. The 2018 Lumpinee ‘fighter of the year’ Kongsuk Fairtex is taking on Pettonglor Sitluangpeenumfon in a flyweight fight.
The co-main event will also feature flyweights. Kongthoranee Sor Sommai will be competing on ONE Championship’s Friday night cards for the seventh time this year and has been matched with Iranian Parsa Aminipour.