Four fights have been added to the ONE 163 card today and they will all feature famous Japanese fighters. The event is set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium on November 19th and will be headlined by a bantamweight kickboxing title fight between Hiroki Akimoto and Petchtanong Petchfergus.
The card will also feature an atomweight title eliminator. Seo Hee Ham faces Itsuki Hirata and the winner will be handed a shot at reigning atomweight champion Angela Lee.
Ham (25-8) has won two fights out of two for ONE Championship, beating Denice Zamboanga by decision on both occasions. She is currently ranked #2 at atomweight and is the former Rizin 108lbs champion.
Hirata (6-1) is coming off a narrow decision win over Heqin Lin but missed weight by over 4lbs. She is currently unranked but has been training in New York while Ham appears to have been sidelined for several months due to injury.
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Two time lightweight champion Shinya Aoki (47-10-0-1) will be looking for his first MMA win in over a year when he faces Saygid Izagakhmaev (21-2). The latter is ranked at #4 while the former is #5 making this a potential title eliminator.
Former middleweight and light heavyweight champion Aung La Nsang (27-13-0-1) has been matched with UFC veteran Yushin Okami (37-14). This fight has been in the works for well over a year and was initially penciled in for an event in Tokyo.
La Nsang called for the fight as recently as April when he asked Okami on Instagram ‘shall we dance?’. The Japanese fighter has not fought in three years but is coming off a win over Agilan Thani.
The legendary “Thunder” calls out Aung La N Sang! 🇯🇵⚡ Is Yushin Okami NEXT for “The Burmese Python?” @_Yushin_Okami_ @AungLANsang #ONEBattleground #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/sybO7NRAMY
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 2, 2021
Pay per view
The card looks set to be a pay per view in Japan where it will be broadcast on the Abema platform. The other fight announced today is in the flyweight division and pits former title challenger Yuya Wakamatsu (15-5) against Woo Sung Hoon (9-3).
ONE 163, Singapore, November 19th
Kickboxing: Hiroki Akimoto (c) vs. Petchtanong Petchfergus (For bantamweight title)
Saygid Izagakhmaev vs. Shinya Aoki (Lightweight)
Aung La Nsang vs. Yushin Okami (Middleweight)
Seo Hee Ham vs. Itsuki Hirata (Atomweight)
Yuya Wakamatsu vs. Woo Sung Hoon (Flyweight)