John Lineker’s title challenger could be determined at ONE 158

The next challenger for the coveted ONE Championship bantamweight belt will likely be decided on June 3.

On the main card of ONE 158, which will be broadcast live from the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium, No. 1-ranked Kwon Won Il of South Korea will go head-to-head against the No. 4 seed Fabricio Andrade of Brazil in a three-round fight.

The confrontation was confirmed last Wednesday, May 25, along with the rest of the fights scheduled to be part of the aforementioned card.

Kwon Won Il fighting Chen Rui
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Both men have been clamoring for a chance to fight for the world title, and a decisive win at ONE 158 could provide a cage match with the kingpin of the newly minted bantamweight division.

Known by the nickname “Pretty Boy,” Kwon is currently riding the height of a three-fight winning streak to bolster his professional record to 11-3 with a 90% completion rate.

The Korean puncher recently scored the biggest victory of his eight-year mixed martial arts career thus far, stopping former champion Kevin Belingon with a vicious body shot in the second round of their December 2021 matchup.

The most hyped competitor standing in Kwon’s way is Andrade (7-2), who has turned heads since joining the Singapore-based combat sports organization nearly two years ago.

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The Brazilian spitfire has been nothing short of spectacular since his promotional debut, having Mark Abelardo the first casualty of his clever submission game before going the distance with former bantamweight champion Shooto Shoko Sato for a decision win. unanimous.

Andrade picked up where he left off by eliminating Chinese prospect Li Kai Wen to end his 2021 campaign and then immediately returned to action this past February to start his 2022 campaign by frustrating Belingon teammate Jeremy Pacatiw.

After his demolition of Pacatiw in 97 seconds, “Wonder Boy” declared himself the promotion’s uncrowned bantamweight king.

With another Team Lakay stalwart in Stephen Loman, who sits at No. 3 in the standings, waiting in the wings for his chance on Lineker’s intricately crafted hardware, there seems to be a must for Kwon or Andrade to deliver an impressive performance at ONE 158.

Jeremy Pacatiw
Jeremy Pacatiw
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