Yosuke Saruta, Kotetsu Boku, Masakazu Imanari at ONE Championship 87

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With Hayato Suzuki forced to withdraw from a planned strawweight title fight at ONE Championship 87, his Japanese countryman Yosuke Saruta has answered the call.

Saruta (18-8-3) now faces champ Joshua Pacio (13-2) in the main event of the Jan. 19 event, which takes place at Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Additionally, ONE Championship officials announced a handful of new contest for the card, as well. Featherweight prospect Christian Lee (10-3) takes part in a rematch of a controversial contest with Edward Kelly (11-5), who was granted a win via disqualification in the pair’s first meeting when “The Warrior” executed an illegal suplex.

Women’s atomweight Priscilla Hertati Lumban Goal (5-3), who posted an incredible 5-1 mark in 2018, kicks off her 2019 campaign against Puja Tomar (3-3). Additionally, strawweight Robin Catalan (8-4) faces Stefer Rahardian (8-2), Brazilian grappling ace Bruno Pucci (6-3) faces Japanese veteran Kotetsu Boku (26-12), Dutch featherweight Anthony Engelen (8-4) meets Cambodia’s Thai Rithy (6-3), grappling legend Masakazu Imanari (37-18-2) meets Afghanistan’s Ahmad Qais Jasoor (5-1), Japan’s Koji Ando (12-7-2) meets Russian lightweight Kharun Atlangeriev (11-1), Indonesia’s Yohan Mulia Legowo (8-7) faces Malaysia’s A.J. Lias Mansor (3-4) and a pair of Indonesian strikers clash with Aziz Calim (4-3) vs. Riski Umar (3-2).

For more on ONE Championship 87, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.



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