ONE Championship headed to Macau, China for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 13, for ONE Championship: Heroes of the World. The inaugural trip to the Cotai Arena featured a nine-fight card topped with a championship fight and many of the promotion’s top prospects.
The evening’s main event featured the return of former ONE Championship flyweight champion, Adriano Moraes, getting his chance to regain the title while the current champion, Kairat Akhmetov, sits on the sidelines. Moraes welcomed promotional newcomer Tilek Batyrov to the cage on short notice after his original opponent, Andrew Leone, was pulled from the bout due to injury.
In the co-main event of the evening, lightweight contenders Adrian Pang and Eduard Folayang battled for position in a crowded division. Pang had finished both of his opponents, Vincent Latoel and Peter Davis, since joining the promotion in 2014. Folayang returned to the win column over Tetsuya Yamada in January following a brutal knockout defeat from the flying knee and soccer kicks of Timofey Nastyukhin in 2014.
The event aired live at 7 a.m. ET on ONEFC.com.