With Thanh Vu (3-1) quickly dispatching of his ONE FC 7 opponent this past weekend, the Vietnamese prospect has advanced to claim the fourth and final semi-final slot on the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix. Other talented bantamweights such as Kevin Belingon (10-2), Jens Pulver (27-17-1) and Masakatsu Ueda (16-2-2) have qualified earlier, and on Tuesday morning, officials have confirmed the match ups to BloodyElbow.com.
The semis will be hosted on ONE Fighting Championship's 8th event this April. It will be Vu taking on the Team Lakay product in Belingon, and on the other side of the bracket, former Shooto champ Ueda will be going against the UFC legend in Pulver.
The winner of both bouts will meet on a later date to crown the promotion's first Bantamweight Grand Prix Champ.
Pulver is coming off a technical decision win over Chinese prospect, Zhao Ya Fei, in a fight that was forced to go to the judges cards following a nasty groin shot that left the former UFC champ unable to continue. Belingon on the other hand, is fresh off a very impressive KO win over Scouting Report inductee, Yusup Saadulaev, while Ueda advanced by defeating Korea's Min Jung Song.
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ONE FC 8 will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between Kotetsu Boku and Shinya Aoki, and for the first time, it will be broadcasted live all over Asia on Star Sports.
Check out how the card is shaping up:
ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions
April 5, 2013 -- Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
- Kotetsu Boku vs. Shinya Aoki [ONE FC Lightweight Championship]
- Kevin Belingon vs. Thanh Vu [BWGP Semis]
- Jens Pulver vs. Masakatsu Ueda [BWGP Semis]
- Eddie Ng vs. Arnaud Lepont
- Leandro Issa vs. Yusup Saadulaev