ONE FC 23: Bibiano Fernandes to Defend Bantamweight Title, Brandon Vera to Make Promotional Debut
By FCF Staff
ONE FC has announced that bantamweight champ Bibiano Fernandes will look to defend his title versus the undefeated Dae Hwan Kim, on December 5th. The title fight will headline ONE FC 23, which will go down at the MOA Arena in Manila.
In addition, the promotion has confirmed that UFC vet Brandon Vera will make his ONE FC debut that night, as he will battle Igor Subora.
“ONE Fighting Championship will hold nothing back as it returns for another night to remember at the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines,” ONE FC CEO Victor Cui stated in the official announcement. “Brandon Vera is a global Filipino mixed martial arts superstar, and ONE FC will finally give fans in the Philippines the opportunity to see him in action live for the first time! He’ll be tested against heavyweight standout Igor Subora. Also, bantamweight champ Bibiano Fernandes will have his hands full against the unbeaten and dangerous Dae Hwan Kim. We have some awesome fights lined up for fans in Manila as Warrior’s Way promises to be the biggest fight card of 2014!”
Fernandes (16-3) is currently riding an eight fight win streak, and most recently, the decorated grappler decisioned Masakatsu Ueda in May.
Kim (10-0-1), meanwhile, tapped out Kevin Belingon in March and has won four fights in a row.
Vera (12-7) hasn’t fought since last August, when he was stopped by Ben Rothwell at UFC 164. The veteran fighter is 1-3, with 1 no contest, in his last 5 fights.
Subora (5-1) will also be making his ONE FC debut, and the heavyweight has won five straight fights.
Fans in North America will be able to catch the event via online pay-per-view.