Header Ads Widget

McLaren challenges Moraes for One flyweight belt

Reece McLaren shocked the MMA world in his One Championship debut. Next month, he is set for another giant slaying journey. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--A Filipino will challenge Adriano Moraes for the One flyweight championship.

He's not Geje Eustaquio, though.

Filipino-Australian fighter Reece McLaren will battle the Brazilian champ for the said belt at One: Visions of Victory on March 9 at the Axiata Stadium in Kuala Lumpur as confirmed by One Championship to Dugout Philippines on Friday.

McLaren introduced himself to the One Championship community with a shock submission win over Filipino MMA star Mark Striegl, and his impressive run earned him a shot at Bibiano Fernandes' One bantamweight belt. McLaren pushed Fernandes to the limit only to fall short via split decision.

McLaren, who moved down a weight level at flyweight, stunned Anatpong Bunrad with a submission win via anaconda choke, putting him in a position to battle Moraes for the belt.

A win by McLaren over Moraes could set up a rare all-Filipino world title fight against Eustaquio, who has the interim belt, in a unification fight.

Follow him on Twitter: @IvanSaldajeno