As ONE returns to an all-live event schedule, the 11-bout card deserves a deeper look. There are intriguing matchups all throughout the bill, and beyond the title tilts, there are three bouts fans must be sure to watch.
Without further ado, here are three matches you must see at ONE: Revolution.
3 to Watch at ONE: Revolution
Amir Aliakbari vs. Anatoly Malykhin
As ONE’s heavyweight division continues to grow, this heated battle will boost the winner into contender status.
Both men made their debuts on the same card, but they had different results. Anatoly Malykhin continued his undefeated streak with a dominant first-round victory, and Amir Aliakbari got off to a strong start before Kang Ji Won starched him with a brilliant counter to derail his hype.
It was that latter performance that really ignited this matchup. Backstage, Malykhin celebrated the finish after having just called out Aliakbari following his victory. The confluence of events made this matchup a no-brainer.
Given the personal heat between the two and their undeniable talent inside the Circle, this is going to be a barnburner once the bell rings.
Lito Adiwang vs. Hexigetu
Here is your sleeper for Match of the Night. Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang’s never-relenting style against the ferocity of Hexigetu “Wolf Of The Grasslands.”
Strawweights always deliver, but this match could move the winner close to the top five of the division. The stakes add a lot to the equation.
Hexigetu is on a three-bout winning streak. The China Top Team member has hit his stride as of late, and he seems poised to challenge the top-end of the division. Adiwang will test that theory as he seeks to breakthrough as well.
Two outstanding nicknames. Two incredible talents. That is a recipe for success.
Marcus Almeida vs. Anderson Silva
The highly-anticipated debut of Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida is upon us. Standing across the Circle from the American Top Team representative will be fellow Brazilian Anderson “Braddock” Silva.
This is a cut-and-dry striker vs. grappler matchup. Silva will not want to go to the canvas with one of the most decorated grapplers in history, and Almeida will want to avoid the devastating standup that Silva brings with him.
But this is a can’t-miss bout purely for “Buchecha.” It is not a discredit to Silva at all, but it is a rare opportunity to see a generational talent debut. Silva’s presence elevates the match because he is not a gimme opponent. “Braddock” will force Almeida to be on point.
Is “Buchecha” cut out to be a major player in mixed martial arts? We are all about to find out.
ONE: Revolution airs on Bleacher Report platforms on Friday, September 24, at 6:30 a.m. EST/3:30 a.m. PST.
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