Marat Grigorian, the featherweight’s top-ranked contender, has been removed from his main event clash against Chingiz Allazov in the semifinals of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix. In his place steps the top alternate choice, Smokin’ Jo Nattawut.
The new bout will serve as the co-main event of the evening as the other semifinal, a bout featuring Sitthichai and Davit Kiria’s third career meeting has been elevated into the top spot.
The winners of the two bouts will advance to the final of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix and compete for a chance to challenge the new divisional king, Superbon, later in 2022.
Ivan Kondratev replaces Nattawut on the lead card against Dovydas Rimkus.
But that was not the only change to the upcoming event.
Former ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian Kadestam was removed from action due to a non-COVID-related illness. Hiroyuki Tetsuka will now face Brazilian Edson Marquez in a welterweight battle.
The 9-1 Brazilian returns to the Circle for a second bid to make an impact in the welterweight division. The hard-hitting athlete has a 77% finishing rate and will seek to improve upon it against Tetsuka on late notice.
Also added to the docket, bantamweights Purev Otgonjargal and Micael De Jesus meet in a mixed martial arts contest that will serve as the evening’s opening contest.
ONE: Only The Brave airs on Bleacher Report’s YouTube channel on Friday, January 28, at 7:30 a.m. EST/4:30 a.m. PST.
Smokin’ Jo Nattawut SCORCHES Yurik Davtyan 🔥💥Thai star Smokin’ Jo Nattawut turned up the heat to KNOCK OUT Yurik Davtyan and secure an alternate spot in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix...
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