Roger Gracie will step inside the ONE FC cage this December against James McSweeney as part of the ONE FC 23: Warrior’s Way lineup.
Set for December 5 from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, the card will feature Bibiano Fernandes defending his bantamweight title against Dae Hwan Kim in the main event. Also, Brandon Vera debuts with the promotion vs. Igor Subora.
Along with Gracie vs. McSweeney, Kevin Belingon-Koetsu Okazaki, Honorio Banario-Herbert Burns and Jake Butler-Sylvain Potard were also confirmed recently by the promotion.
“ONE Fighting Championship is set to end the year with a blast by making ONE FC: Warrior’s Way the biggest and most exciting MMA event of 2014. We have added some truly massive fights on the already astounding fight card,” CEO Victor Cui said. “Team Lakay warriors Kevin Belingon and Honorio Banario seek redemption inside the ONE FC cage while Filipino-American Brandon Vera makes his debut. Fans can definitely expect an unforgettable night of world class and adrenaline-pumping mixed martial arts action.”
Gracie (6-2) owns an incredible 65-7-1 record in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and submission grappling. He won his first four MMA bouts before falling to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in 2011. Gracie rebounded with wins over Keith Jardine and Anthony Smith before falling to Tim Kennedy in his lone UFC fight last year.
McSweeney (14-11) is also a veteran of the UFC, having appeared on The Ultimate Fighter. He has won eight of his last 10 overall.
Below is the current lineup:
ONE FC 23: Warrior’s Way
ONE FC Bantamweight Championship
Bibiano Fernandes (c) vs. Dae Hwan Kim
Brandon Vera vs. Igor Subora
Roger Gracie vs. James McSweeney
Kevin Belingon vs. Koetsu Okazaki
Honorio Banario vs. Herbert Burns
Jake Butler vs. Sylvain Potard