Filipino rising star, Eric Kelly is set to take on Jens Pulver in his home country. -- Photo by Anton Tabuena
As reported a few days ago, Andrei Arlovski and Jens Pulver will both be competing this August, at that ONE Fighting Championship card in the Philippines. Their opponents have already been finalized, and today it was made known to the public.
As he announced on twitter, Australian heavyweight Soa 'The Hulk' Palelei (17-3) will be facing Arlovski (17-9), and will be looking to continue his 7-fight winning streak when they lock horns in Manila. Palelei, the former UFC and PRIDE veteran, has been recently competing in CFC, an Australian-based promotion which is part of the ONE FC network.
Also reported by MMA Mania, former UFC lightweight champion Pulver (26-16-1) will be moving back to featherweight to take on URCC Champion Eric Kelly (7-0) in his home country. Lil' Evil is coming off a decision victory last April, while Kelly is coming off a win over top Korean prospect, Bae Young Kwon on ONE FC 4.
More bouts are likely to be announced this week, but here's the rumored card so far:
ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation
August 31, 2012 -- Araneta Coliseum, Philippines
- Shinya Aoki
- Bibiano Fernandes
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Soa Palelei
- Jens Pulver vs. Eric Kelly
- Phil Baroni vs. Rodrigo Ribeiro
- Gregor Gracie vs. Ray Elbe *
- Renato Sobral vs. Melvin Manhoef *
- Eduard Folayang
- Rolles Gracie
- Igor Gracie
- Kevin Belingon
* - Fights have been offered and is rumored to be in the works for the event