Pair of lightweight grand prix quarterfinals set for ONE Championship 90 in Singapore

ONE Championship’s return to Singapore will feature a pair of fights in the promotion’s lightweight grand prix tournament.

“ONE Championship 90: Call to Greatness” takes place Feb. 22 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The event will stream on ONE’s app.

The headlining bout is part of ONE’s “Super Series.” ONE atomweight kickboxing champion Stamp Fairtex goes after a second belt when she challenges for the inaugural ONE atomweight muay Thai title against Janet Todd.

But on the MMA side of things, a pair of fights in the ONE Championship lightweight grand prix touranment have been booked. Singapore’s own Amir Khan (11-4) takes on Ariel Sexton (12-4) in one quarterfinal bout. And in another, Ev Ting (16-5) meets Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (6-1). The winners will advance to the semifinals.

Khan will be trying to rebound from a November decision loss to Eduard Folayang for the vacant welterweight title. Prior to that, he had back-to-back wins over Sung Jong Lee and Honorio Banario.

Sexton has won four of his past five fights. His lone loss came by split decision to Ting, setting up the potential for a tournament rematch. This past July, he stopped Kota Shimoishi with a third-round Americana.

Ting had three straight wins over Nobutatsu Suzuki, Sexton and Koji Ando before running into MMA legend Shinya Aoki this past October. Aoki stopped Ting in 57 seconds with an arm-triangle choke. Prior to that, Ting had won seven of eight fights.

Arslanaliev had back-to-back wins in 2018, both by stoppage, to rebound from the lone loss of his pro career in January 2017. After more than a year away, Arslanaliev finished Testuya Yamada with an armbar in March 2018. And in September, he stopped Timofey Nastyukhin in less than two minutes with a TKO.

The ONE Championship 90 lineup includes:

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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