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ONE FC 23 To Include Brandon Vera’s Debut

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The December ONE FC 23: Warrior’s Way event from Manila will feature the promotional debut of former UFC fighter Brandon Veras, along with a title defense by Bibiano Fernandes.

Officials announced recently plans for the ONE FC 23 event for December 5 from the Mall of Asia Arena. The card will stream live online.

Vera (12-7) signed with ONE FC after being released by the UFC following two straight losses. The 37-year-old has fought the who’s who of MMA, including Jon Jones, Randy Couture and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

He’ll meet Igor Subora (5-1), who has won his last five and will also be making his debut with ONE FC. All five of his wins have come by first round stoppage.

In the main event, Fernandes (16-3) defends his bantamweight title against Dae Hwan Kim (10-0-1). Fernandes has won eight in a row, including a May defense vs. Masaktasu Ueda.

“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 said. “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.”

More fights are expected to be announced in the coming days.

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