ONE Fighting Championships announced Wednesday three additional preliminary bouts to complete their upcoming 'ONE FC 9: Rise to Power' event. ONE FC 9 takes place May 31 from Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. An online pay-per-view will be available for the main card while the prelims stream free.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia takes on small circuit veteran Tony Johnson, while Ryan Diaz faces Yusup Saadulaev at bantamweight and Felipe Enomoto meets Lowen Tynanes in a lightweight scrap.
Sylvia makes his return to ONE FC following a controversial no contest after being kicked in the face by Andrei Arlovski at ONE FC 5 last August. Sylvia also suffered a decision loss to Satoshi Ishii in Japan on New Year's Eve. Once a top heavyweight prospect, Johnson has fought sparingly of late, primarily in smaller shows such as King of the Cage. At 6-1, his sole loss came at the hands of rising star Daniel Cormier.
After winning his ONE FC debut back in February by submitting Vuyisile Colossa, Tynanes will look to stay unbeaten against Enomoto. The loser of two straight and four of his last five, Enomoto needs to rediscover the form that saw him score a second-round submission over Ole Laursen at ONE FC 2.
Lastly, Diaz will look to shake off the rust after not competing since appearing on a Strikeforce Challengers card back in Aug. 2010. A pro since 1999, the (15-15) 34 year-old veteran holds notable losses to the likes of Nam Phan, Mark Hominick and Hermes Franca. After scoring a KO by slam over Hideo Tokoro competing in DREAM, Saadulaev is yet to gain any traction under the ONE FC banner, going 0-2 in the promotion so far.
ONE FC will also feature the finals of the bantamweight grad prix between Kevin Belingon and Masakatsu Ueda, as well as title fights between featherweights Honorio Banario and Koji Oishi and bantamweights Bibiano Fernandes and Koetsu Okazaki.
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The complete card is as follows:
Main Card (8am EST)
Honorio Banario vs. Koji Oishi
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Koetsu Okazaki
Kevin Belingon vs. Masakatsu Ueda
Rey Docyogen vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani
Phil Baroni vs. Nobutatsu Suzuki
Eduard Folayang vs. Kamal Shalorus
Geje Eustaquio vs. Andrew Leone
Free Prelims (6:30am EST)