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Published: Friday September 5, 2014 MYT 8:38:00 PM
Updated: Saturday September 6, 2014 MYT 5:07:20 PM

There’s hope for a Malaysian ONE FC champion

PETALING JAYA: ONE FC vice-president and former mixed martial arts middleweight world champion Rich Franklin believes a Malaysian can one day reign supreme in ONE FC. All that is lacking is depth.

Franklin who held the UFC middleweight title for 497 days, successful defending it twice against Nate Quarry and David Loiseau said he believes Malaysian fighters have what it takes to be in the top echelon in MMA.

“Malaysia has some top-level fighters like Ev Ting, great fighter. It’s just the matter of depth though. So once you get past the first few, then things will start to take off. Because it’s so new here, you don’t have a large talent pool to pull from but that’s what’s going to change,” said Franklin after the open work out at Paradigm Mall on Friday.

“There are great fighters in this nation but they’re few in numbers. Two, five years from now there is going to be a much larger talent pool, which means we’ll have a lot more talent to pull from when we (ONE FC) come here. And absolutely, I believe the top-level fighters here on the right night can hold a belt for ONE FC.”

ONE FC makes a return to Malaysia with Roar of Tigers this Oct 17 at Stadium Putra with Malaysia’s Ev and Raymond Tan announced on the fight card.

Ev who made his ONE FC debut at Era of Champions in June with a first round TKO win over Yohan Mulia Legowo is set to take on Edward Kelly of the Philippines in the featherweight division.

The bout will also be Ev’s (who currently resides in Auckland, New Zealand) first fight on home soil.

Meanwhile, lanky Raymond who stands at 1.80m will be looking to get back to winning ways in ONE FC.

Raymond won his debut bout last year against Indonesia's Brianata Rosadhi in Jakarta. He lost to American Casey Suire via submission in November last year and Radeem Rahamn (TKO) in March.

Raymond will get his chance for redemption in from of the home crowd when he squares off against Singapore’s Stephen Langdown in the bantamweight bout.

Tags / Keywords: Ev Ting, MMA, ONE FC, Paradigm Mall, Raymond Tan

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