Kotetsu Boku is 2-2 inside the One FC cage. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Three new fights have been booked for One Fighting Championship’s next event, including a co-headlining lightweight attraction between former champion Kotetsu Boku and Eduard Folayang.
One FC 15 takes place May 2 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, and is headlined by a bantamweight title showdown between reigning champion Bibiano Fernandes and ex-Shooto kingpin Masakatsu Ueda.
The event will also see URCC champion Rey Docyogen lock horns with Guam native Josh Alvarez, while undefeated Brazilian Leandro Ataides battles Dream veteran Tatsuya Mizuno.
Boku has gone 1-1 since dropping his lightweight title to Shinya Aoki, sustaining a decision loss to South African striker Vuyisile Colossa before rebounding with a knockout of Frenchman Arnaud Lepont. In Folayang, “No Face” meets a 17-fight pro who snapped a two-fight skid in his most recent outing, as “Landslide” outpointed Vincent Latoel this past December at One FC 13.
Docyogen, 31, began his pro career with 10 straight victories but has stumbled in his last two, suffering defeats to former Shooto champions Shinichi Kojima and Yasuhiro Urushitani during a winless 2013. Alvarez, meanwhile, saw a five-fight winning streak halted by former interim bantamweight title contender Koetsu Okazaki at December’s One FC 13.
Unbeaten in six pro outings, Ataides made his One FC debut last November, when he scored a first-round knockout over Bryan Rafiq at One FC 12 “Warrior Spirit.” Mizuno holds nearly three times the professional experience of Ataides and has competed for Pancrase, Dream and M-1 Global. The Japanese talent most recently fought last October at One FC 11, when the 32-year-old outpointed Portuguese veteran Rafael Silva in a unanimous verdict.