Indian MMA star Rahul Raju is set to make his ONE Championship return on August 13, 2021, at ONE: Battleground II when he fights Otgonbaatar Nergui of Mongolia in a Lightweight contest.
This will be the opening bout of ONE: Battleground II which will be headlined by an exciting main event clash between former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang and top Chinese lightweight star “The Warrior” Zhang Lipeng.
Raju had a standout 2019, as he finished both Richard “The Notorious” Corminal and Furqan “The Lion” Cheema with his patented rear-naked choke. But in the years to follow, “The Kerala Krusher” endured some tough luck in the Circle and saw his winning streak come to an end.
The Indian will aim to restart his run at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, but his Mongolian rival is looking to make a name for himself on the global stage.
Nergui previously competed in ONE Warrior Series, where he submitted Shooto veteran Takuya Nagata with a guillotine choke. Now, he hopes to replicate that success in his main roster debut.
Recently, Ritu Phogat had made a strong return in the first-edition of ONE: Battleground series when she defeated Lin Heqin of China. With this, Ritu ended the 11-fight winning streak of Heqin and got back to winning ways as well. Rahul will be looking for a similar performance when he steps into the circle to fight his Mongolian counterpart.
You can check out the complete fight card for ONE: Battleground below.
ONE: BATTLEGROUND II Fight Card:
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