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Eustaquio, Subba collide in battle of rising stars; all-Filipino clashes take place in One's PH return

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By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--A blockbuster showdown between Geje Eustaquio and Gianni Subba plus two all-Filipino fights featuring Honorio Banario's return highlight the undercards of One: Global Rivals at the Mall of Asia Arena on April 15.

As announced on Wednesday, Eustaquio and Subba, two of the hottest bantamweights in the One roster right now, face off in a match that could determine their near future in the MMA promotion.

Also, Banario, a former One featherweight champion, makes his return from a long rest as he battles UAE-based Vaughn Donayre in one of the two matches pitting Filipinos.

Donayre, a mechanical engineer who gave MMA a try, will venture in his One Championship debut back in his home country.

The other all-Filipino battle has Natalie Hills taking on April Osenio in a female atomweight bout.

Meanwhile, Reece McLaren, who stunned the Mall of Asia Arena on Dec. 11 after forcing a submission on Mark Striegl, returns to the Philippines to face Muin Gafurov, while Timofey Nastyukhin tries to add Eric Kelly to the list of his victims at One: Global Rivals as well.

The said matches will precede the main event, which features Ben Askren and Nikolay Aleksakhin for the One welterweight title.

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