ONE Championship 27 preview: card packed with 2 title fights, barn burner matches

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ONE FC 27 Lightweight title Shinya Aoki vs Koji Ando
ONE FC 27 Lightweight title Shinya Aoki vs Koji Ando

ONE Championship 27 takes place on May 22, 2015 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. Two titles are on the line as Shinya Aoki defense his Lightweight belt against Koji Ando, and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Roy Doliguez fight for the inaugural Strawweight strap.

The Lightweight Championship

Lightweight Champ Shinya Aoki is one of the most notable fighters in the world, and the best lightweight to come from Japan. He honed his astounding grappling under Yuki Nakai, and has added game plan and stand up skills from Evolve MMA. To describe Aoki in one word: monster. Now he makes his second title defense against Koji Ando.

Ando held the Legend FC Lightweight belt, which he took away in stunning fashion from current ONE Featherweight Champ Jadamba Narantungalag. Ando has never been finished. And since 2010, his only loss in nine fights was a split decision to China’s number one, Wang Guan. Ando has been in judo since elementary school, and was in love with boxing before he chose to become an MMA fighter straight out of university. He joined Wayjutsu Keishukai GODS, the same gym that produced Aoki’s new teammate and phenom Mark Striegl.

On paper and in the odds, Aoki is heavily favorited in this match. However, styles do make fights and Ando’s skill set presents the biggest threat to Aoki since Eddie Alvarez. Both men are exceptionally strong lightweights, similar in size and age, and this title fight should be one of the best matches ONE Championship has ever offered.

The Strawweight Championship

With this title match, ONE Championship opens the straw weight division of 115 pounds with a bang. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is a massive Muay Thai champion who has made a successful transition into MMA under Evolve MMA. His career of four fights-four wins has been spent in ONE Championship, so it is natural that he would be picked to vie for the inaugural strap.

Dolinguez has fought everywhere from 105 to 135 so straw weight will be no stranger to him. All of his opponents will tell you he hits like a heavyweight, but he’s no slouch on the ground either.

This will be an exciting fight, hands down. Amnuaysirichoke has had the chance to show his skills on the ground against less-initiated than Dolinguez, but with the grappling education at Evolve MMA, Amnuaysirichoke could turn out to be insanely adept should Dolinguez land a takedown. Dolinguez has been in some go-the-distance brawls that took place in every aspect of the game, and Submission Sports is no stranger to producing MMA fighters and grapplers. Don’t blink. You might miss a knock out or a joint dislocation from either of these two fast and powerful fighters.

The main card

Ev Ting and Marat Gafurov will meet at featherweight just under the co-main events, and this will be a brutal appetizer for the title matches. M-1 Champion Gafurov represents a nightmare to Ting, but Ting is like a rabid badger who doesn’t have any clue he’s slugging it out with a tiger.

Fan favorite and hot prospect Lowen Tynanes is finally back in ONE against Super Kazakh Kuat Khamitov. This should be wrestler versus striker but both fighters are well-rounded and they know how to grind. Tynanes has fire in his eyes when he steps in the cage. If Khamitov sees it and takes him as a serious threat, we will have a fight on our hands.

Eddie Ng also makes his return to MMA against late replacement Ariel Sexton. Ng seems to have more tools in his bucket and could choose to keep it standing so the tainted grappler can’t work his magic where he needs to most. However, it would be really fun to see these guys go at it on the mats.

ONE Championship 27
May 22, 2015
Singapore

Live streaming at: http://oneppv.com

Lightweight Championship
Shinya Aoki vs Koji Ando

Strawweight Championship
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs Roy Doliguez

Featherweight
Ev Ting vs Marat Gafurov

Lightweight
Lowen Tynanes vs Kuat Khamitov

Lightweight
Eddie Ng vs Ariel Sexton

Featherweight
Amir Khan vs Shannon Wiratchai

Bantamweight:
Stephen Langdown vs Alateng Heili

Prelims
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Featherweight
Benedict Ang vs Umar Waqar

Women’s Strawweight
Angela Lee vs Aya Saeid Saber

Flyweight
Ali Yaakub vs Jianbing Yang