Xiong confirmed on Instagram she had signed a bout agreement and was training for a fight:
ONE Championship is likely to have to rely exclusively on local based fighters and officials for its upcoming series of behind closed doors cards. Singapore recently introduced measured that mean anyone arriving from a foreign country will need to self isolate for 14 days.
The land border between Singapore and Malaysia has also been closed. That means ONE Championship will find it very difficult to bring in fighters from any other countries.
One potential opponent for Xiong would be Tiffany Teo. The Singaporean has scored back to back wins since coming up short in a title shot at ONE: ‘Kings of Courage’ in 2018.
Both Xiong and Teo are based in Singapore. And it was widely expected that they would rematch on a ONE Championship card in 2020 so this could be an easy matchup to make.
Travel restrictions have been tightened significantly since ONE Championship announced the four events in Singapore. But there is a big pool of talent at Evolve MMA and fighters at other gyms include Teo and featherweight Rahul Raju.
The coronavirus crisis had brought the combat sport world to a grinding halt. But at present these four Singapore cards remain on the calendar:
ONE: ‘Hope’, April 17th
ONE: ‘Strength’, April 24th
ONE: ‘Dreams’, May 1st
ONE: ‘Inspiration’, May 8th