Matches to make after ONE FC: WAR OF DRAGONS

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1) Eric Kelly vs Koji Oishi

Eric Kelly registered the most impressive comeback win in ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) history when he submitted Rob Lisita in the second round of a classic back and forth battle which fans will be talking about for years to come.

It was the first time in over a year that Kelly had competed inside the ONE FC cage but he put in the best performance of his career to weather an early storm from Lisita and then battle through a badly bleeding nose to sink in a second round rear naked choke.

Lisita was on a four-fight winning streak and is no slouch, but Kelly showed tremendous heart as well as slick submission skills. The Filipino former title contender proved he can be a match for absolutely anyone in the division.

Next up for Kelly, whose ONE FC record is 4-1, should be a title fight with current ONE FC Featherweight Champion Oishi and how soon it happens will probably depend on the length of time it takes him to recover from the damage done to his nose.

2) Koji Ando vs Adrian Pang

If there was an award for the most impressive ONE FC debut, then Koji Ando would surely be the frontrunner after submitting the previously undefeated Rafael Nunes in the opening round. The Brazilian signed for Asia’s biggest organization with a 10-0 record and a big reputation but it took the Japanese lightweight less than two minutes to shatter it.

Ando won the Asia Pacific 155 lbs title in his last fight and already looks a contender for the ONE FC belt but he needs at least one more win over a top ranked opponent and Adrian Pang would be the perfect candidate.

Pang is the number one lightweight in Australia and is still awaiting his promotional debut having signed with ONE FC earlier this year. He’s also a very exciting fighter and a matchup with Ando would guarantee fireworks as well as producing a winner who was ready for an immediate shot at the title.

3) Jake Butler vs Sylvain Potard

Jake Butler registered the biggest win of his career by dominating Mohamed Ali before finishing the experienced Egyptian in the third round. His ONE FC tally now stands at 4-1 but he still has unfinished business with Sylvian Potard, the French fighter who blemished his perfect professional record.

Butler wants a title shot but before he can challenge for the belt he should be given the opportunity to redeem himself by beating the only man to ever defeat him. The American was distraught after being stopped in the second round of their ONE FC: TOTAL DOMINATION fight and has been calling for a rematch ever since.

While Butler beat Ali, who coincidentally has a win over Potard, the French fighter also went away and registered a knockout victory in his home country meaning that momentum is building for a second meeting between these two light heavyweights.

4) Jeff Huang vs Nik Harris

Jeff Huang took out Indian welterweight Bala Shetty in entertaining style to immediately establish himself as a force in the welterweight division. He’s a long way off being ready to challenge current belt holder Ben Askren, who is arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world, but there are plenty of potential matchups out there at 170 lbs.

The most obvious opponent for Huang at the moment would be Nik Harris who is riding a four fight win streak and is 2-0 for ONE FC. The Malaysian is slightly more experienced with eight pro fights to his name and this would be a sensible step up for Huang to take at this stage.

The Taiwanese fighters gave a very good account of themselves at ONE FC: WAR OF DRAGONS and should all be back in action before too long but in terms of entertainment Huang was the pick of them and a fight between him and Harris would be huge in either Kuala Lumpur or Taipei.