Gurdarshan Mangat is all set to make his ONE Championship return in December as he fights former ONE World Title Challenger Reece “Lightning” McLaren of Australia in a Flyweight contest.
McLaren is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a former Eternal MMA and XFL Bantamweight Champion. He is an absolute menace on the mat, evidenced by the incredible skills he has shown in submission victories so far in his ONE Championship career. McLaren’s most notable wins have come over Mark Striegl, Muin Gafurov, and Gianni Subba.
Mangat, similarly, has impressed in his run so far as a professional. He is the child of Indian immigrants who grew up in a small town in Canada. Inspired by ONE Vice President Rich Franklin, Mangat pursued a career in martial arts. His journey has led him to the bright lights of ONE Championship. He joined the promotion in March this year, and has since posted two stellar victories over solid opponents.
In the main event, Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov of Russia will face “Muay Thai Boy” Zhang Chenglong of China for the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Championship.
Ramazanov is a three-time IFMA World Champion from Dagestan, Russia, which is known for producing elite-level combat sports athletes. He made his ring debut once he turned 18 years old and has since put together an excellent record by winning almost all of his bouts to date. Training full-time at the prestigious Venum Training Camp in Thailand, Ramazanov now competes alongside the world’s best strikers in ONE Super Series. After a string of impressive victories, he has earned a shot at ONE Championship gold.
Ramazanov’s opponent, Zhang Chenglong, is a Top King Muay Thai World Champion who began training in sanda and Muay Thai from the age of 12. By the time he was 19 years old, Zhang had already built up a wealth of experience, having faced superstars like Longchai, Kiatpetch, and Singdam Kiatmoo9 in the ring. Now on an undefeated run in ONE Super Series, he challenges for the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title in the Malaysian capital.
In the co-main event, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will take on “Golden Boy” Wang Junguang of China for the inaugural ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Championship.
Sam-A is known as one of the very best Muay Thai competitors of all time. Over the course of a stellar 25-year career spanning more than 400 bouts, he has captured Muay Thai World Titles across several weight classes. Sam-A joined ONE Super Series in 2018, and he became the inaugural ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion. Now, he aims to make history once again by facing Junguang for the inaugural ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Title.
Junguang is an Enfusion Kickboxing World Champion. He employs a boxing-heavy style and is relentless on the attack, mixing strikes to the head and body effectively. He recently joined ONE Super Series and is now testing himself in the world’s largest martial arts organization. After an impressive first-round victory over Federico Roma, Junguang has earned a shot at glory.