ONE FC is quickly becoming a force to reckon with on the MMA landscape after essentially locking down a good portion of the Asian market in a relatively short amount of time. The organization’s success is in part due to an ability to promote cards featuring regional talent as well as well-known stars of the sport, past and present.
The company’s next show appears to following suit with former DREAM champions Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes already scheduled for action on their August 31 event. Now it looks like a pair of past UFC title-holders will join the fun as well, as Sherdog has reported Andrei Arlovski and Jens Pulver have both been linked to the lineup.
Arlovski, who has won his last two fights, will face fellow UFC veteran Soa Palelei. The 17-3 Palelei will be looking to pick up his eighth straight victory when he collides with “The Pitbull”. All seven of his consecutive instances of success have involved a strike-based stoppage.
Meanwhile, Pulver has been paired with unbeaten Eric Kelly. The Filipino featherweight is 7-0 thus far in his career including two wins under the ONE FC banner.
ONE FC 5 is scheduled for August 31 in Manila.
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