ONE: Dynasty of Champions will showcase assortment of talents

ONE: Dynasty of Champions will showcase assortment of talents

For the second time in promotion history, ONE Championship heads to China, to Guangzhou this coming Saturday night. An international battle will main event the card, as Timofey Nastyukhin takes on Japan's own Yusuke Kawanago in a featherweight affair.

Nastyukhin earned his more impressive win to date - and possibly the best knockout in ONE history - when he landed a flying switch knee on contender Eduard Folayang at ONE: WARRIOR'S WAY recently. The victory improved the Russian's record to 8-1 overall.

The former Pankration World Champion will be moving back down to the featherweight division for this contest. He owns eight career stoppage wins among his eight victories, with four knockouts and four submissions to his credit.

In Kawanago, Nastyukhin will be the enemy, as the reigning Legend FC Featherweight Champion and Asia Pacific Featherweight Champion is looking to come back strong after a loss to Rob Lisita rematch originally won by Kawanago.

A 12-year veteran of the sport, Kawanago owns an impressive 13-4-2 record with two of those defeats being via split-decision.

Lightweights Zorobabel Moreira and Christian Holley will be looking to get back into title contention and ignite the Chinese crowd.

Moreira, an Evolve MMA fighter who owns a record of 7-3, has finished 89-per cent of his opponents during his career. Two years after competing for the ONE Lightweight World Championship against Kotetsu Boku, Moreira will be looking to impose his third-degree BJJ black belt skills.

Holley has lost just once in 11 pro fights, as "The Animal" trains out of S.A.A.D. A top English prospect, the former professional kiteboarder has spent years training out of Spain where he picked up Karate at five years old.

Along with his background in Karate, Holley is also a purple belt in BJJ and has cross-trained in boxing, Muay Thai and wrestling.

Also, a pair of tournament champions will be crowned in the flyweight and featherweight divisions, as two one-night, four-fighter events take place. Wang Shuo meets Ba Ya La Ga in one flyweight semi, while Wu Ze takes on Wu Hui Qiang in the other.

At featherweight, Ma Jia Wen faces Biekemulati Nulijiao and Huang Di Yuan battles Tian Jian She. The finals will take place later in the night.

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