Kade Ruotolo will defend his title at ONE on Prime Video 5

Kade Ruotolo will make the first defense of his lightweight submission wrestling title at ONE on Prime Video 5. The American has been booked to face promotional newcomer Matheus Gabriel in Manila on December 2.

Ruotolo won the belt by submitting Uali Kurzhev with a heel hook at ONE on Prime Video 3. He also won the ADCC World Championships earlier this year, competing in the 170-pound division.

Gabriel won the IBJJF World Championships at featherweight in 2019 and at lightweight in 2021. He enters this contest on a seven-fight winning streak.

Undefeated Champions

Two undefeated champions will face off at ONE on Prime Video 5. Reinier de Ridder and Anatoly Malykhin will square off, with the former putting his light heavyweight title on the line.

De Ridder (16-0) holds the middleweight and light heavyweight belts. He was talking about moving up to heavyweight in order to fight for a third title.

But instead, Malykhin will descend. He weighed 108.75 kg for his last fight which was at heavyweight, so he will have to lose a little more than 6 kg and pass hydration tests in order to fight for de Ridder’s title.

Malykhin (12-0) holds the interim heavyweight title. He was scheduled to face regular champion Arjan Bhullar and that fight was booked for ONE 161 but the Canadian appears to be injured.

pound for pound

As previously announced, Superbon Banchamek, who established himself as the best pound-for-pound kickboxer on the planet after defeating Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong, Giorgio Petrosyan and Marat Grigorian, will defend his title at ONE on Prime Video 5. He puts the kickboxing title featherweight on the line against Chingiz Allazov.

The fight was originally scheduled for ONE on Prime Video 2 but was scrapped after both men suffered injuries. It will pit the defending champion against the new winner of the Featherweight Grand Prix.

Allazov defeated Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong by decision in the Grand Prix Final at ONE:’X’. He stopped his two previous opponents in the first round of the tournament.

Superbon will go down in history as the man who shocked the world by knocking out Giorgio Petrosyan. He finished the two-time K-1 Max champion with a headbutt at ONE: First Strike’:

long awaited

As previously announced, Roberto Soldic will make his long-awaited ONE Championship debut on December 2. The Croatian welterweight will face Murad Ramazanov in Manila.

The fight is scheduled for MOA Arena and will take place on December 3, which is Saturday morning (local time). Soldic was one of the most sought-after free agents in the sport when his contract with KSW expired earlier this year.

The Croatian was signed by ONE Championship and looks to be a strong contender in the welterweight division.

homecoming queen

Denice Zamboanga will fight in Manila for the first time since 2018. The Filipina has been booked to face Lin Heqin at ONE on Prime Video 5.

Zamboanga hasn’t won a fight in over two years. She was promised a shot at the atomweight title, but she missed it after champion Angela Lee became pregnant.

Instead, Zamboanga had to settle for a spot in the Atomic Weight Grand Prix and was eliminated by Seo Hee Ham. This decision was so controversial that an immediate rematch was ordered, but the result was the same, although this time the Korean won much more clearly.

Heqin has won two out of four fights since signing for ONE Championship. She holds wins over Bi Nguyen and Jomary Torres and her last fight was very close with Itsuki Hirata claiming a narrow decision victory.

Unification of titles

Meanwhile, Allycia Rodrigues and Janet Todd will finally fight at ONE on Prime Video 5. The fight has been going on for several years and will have the undisputed Muay Thai atomweight title on the line.

Rodrigues is the regular champion while Todd holds the interim belt. The Brazilian has been out of action for almost two years after becoming pregnant and giving birth to her first son.

Meanwhile, Todd currently holds the atomic weight kickboxing and interim Muay Thai titles. The American has won her last seven ONE Championship bouts and will be looking to follow in Stamp Fairtex’s footsteps by becoming an undisputed two-sport champion.

Rodrigues is back at Phuket Fight Club preparing for his first title defense. She seems to have been there for nearly three months after returning to Brazil for the birth of her boy:

Local favorite

Eduard Folayang finally has a confirmed opponent for ONE on Prime Video 5. The Filipino will face Edson Barboza at MOA Arena on December 3.

Folayang was originally scheduled to face Yoshihiro Akiyama next month. But the Japanese veteran turned down the fight according to reports in the Philippines.

Folayang (22-12) has lost his last four MMA fights. But he beat John Wayne Parr in a Muay Thai bout at ONE:’X’ earlier this year.

Marquez (10-2) recently earned his first ONE Championship victory at the third attempt. He defeated Kyung Rok Kim by decision after being stopped in his previous two fights for the promotion.

Prime time

The event is scheduled for the MOA Arena in Manila on December 3, which will be a Saturday morning (local time). It will be streamed live by Amazon Prime on Friday night in the United States.

Later today, ONE 164 will take place at the same location. This card will be headlined by a strawweight grudge match between champion Joshua Pacio and challenger Joshua Brooks.

ONE on Prime Video 5, Manila, December 3
Reinier de Ridder (c) vs. Anatoly Malykhin (for the light heavyweight title)
Muay Thai: Allycia Rodrigues (c) vs. Janet Todd (for Atomic Weight Title)
Kickboxing: Superbon Banchamek (c) against Chingiz Allazov (for the featherweight title)
Roberto Soldic vs. Murad Ramazanov (welterweight)
Denice Zamboanga vs. Lin Heqin (atomic weight)
Eduard Folayang vs. Edson Marquez (lightweight)
Submission grappling: Kade Ruotolo vs. Matheus Gabriel (lightweight)

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