Worldwide MMA Preview – One FC, ACB and Invicta FC

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One FC is live from Singapore on Friday afternoon (1pm BST) and the inaugural One women’s strawweight title is one the line in a fight between Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi in the main event. Angela Lee is 5-0 with all of her fins coming via submission. She is based in Singapore and has become a fan favourite there. Her last fight was also in Singapore and she choked out American Rebecca Heintzman in the second round. Yamaguchi is a veteran of the Japanese scene, most recently she has been fighting in Deep and is their atomweight champion.

The co-main event also has a vacant title up for grabs, Roger Gracie and Michal Pasternak will compete for the light heavyweight crown. Roger Gracie is one of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors to transition to MMA and he now holds a 7-2 record, with those defeats coming to King Mo Lawal and Tim Kennedy. His last fight was surprisingly a TKO victory in One against James McSweeney. Pasternak built up an undefeated record in Poland and added a victory over Rafael Silva in One to bring his record to 11-0. Pasternak has three finishes by KO/TKO and he will be needing those striking skills against Gracie.

Former featherweight champion Jadambaa Narantungalag and former lightweight champion Koetsu Boku will meet at featherweight. Mongolia’s Narantungalag lost his title to Marat Gafurov in his last fight, he put up a stern test but was eventually choked out in the fourth round. It was his first defence after winning the belt against Koji Oishi via decision in 2014. Boku dropped his title to Shinya Aoki and has been up and down since but is currently on a very good run which includes stoppage victories against Major Overall and Vincent Latoel in One.

On Friday afternoon (4pm BST) ACB presents a card from Tbilisi, Georgia. It is headlined by a welterweight title fight between Albert Duraev and Michail Tsarev. Duraev won the championship in a grand prix last year and he has previous experience in M-1. His 8-3 record includes six submissions. Tsarev is the more experienced fighter, with a 30-5 record and fights in Bellator on his record. Since his stint in Bellator he has gone 6-1 with all finishes, including a victory over Dennis Hallman.

In the co-main event, Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Muslim Makhmudov will fight with the light heavyweight title on the line. Antigulov won the ACB grand prix in 2014 and Makhmudov won it in 2015 so now they must meet to decide the champion. Makhmudov is 7-3 and hasn’t faced the same level of competition as Antigulov has. Antigulov is 17-4 and currently on an 11 fight winning streak.

Invicta FC is streaming live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday night (2am BST) from California. In the main event, Tonya Evinger will try to defend her bantamweight title against Colleen Schneider. Evinger is a veteran of the women’s game with her debut coming in 2006 and she competed on the Ultimate Fighter. She has been unstoppable in Invicta with a 5-0 record, her most recent victory was a second round TKO against Pannie Kianzad. Schneider also competed on that season of the Ultimate Fighter. In 2015, in between two fights for Invicta she had wins in China, Japan and Mexico.

Strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza will fight Angela Hill in the co-main event. Souza won the title with a submission against Katja Kankaanpaa and defended it with a first round knee to the body against DeAnna Bennett in January to bring her record to 9-0. Hill was released from the UFC following defeats to Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas but since then she has two fights via stoppage in Invicta to become the number one contender.