Adriano Moraes won’t be defending his ONE Flyweight World Championship at ONE: Visions of Victory.
The Fight Nation has reported that Moraes suffered an injury and will be unable to compete against Reece McLaren on March 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has also been confirmed that McLaren will now be facing Gianni Subba in the main event.
Combate spoke to Moraes, who detailed that he had sprained his medial collateral ligament (MCL) during a training session.
“In my sparring last week, on Friday, an accident occurred in my training. A pair that was doing the training next to mine, we collided and the athletes fell on my knee and I suffered a stretch in my ligament MCL. It was a fight that I wanted very much and was very well prepared, but unfortunately, I will have to leave the card,” Moraes stated.
It is understood that Moraes’ injury is not severe and that he will be able to resume training in March.
It’s an unfortunate turn of circumstances for Australian martial artist Reece McLaren, who will now temporarily miss out on the opportunity to challenge Moraes for the ONE Flyweight Championship.
In a way, the outcome is especially strange considering that when ONE Championship created the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship in January, it led many people to believe that Adriano Moraes was injured and unable to compete.
However, he was fully healthy and in training for his upcoming bout. In his interview with Combate, Moraes explained the situation regarding the interim belt.
“When they invented this interim belt, I did not understand. I think they did to promote the home athlete, Eustaquio, who is from Manila, Philippines, and they were without a belt fight to make the main event. It was kind of funny, everyone was coming to ask me if anything had happened to me, and everyone saw that I was right there, I just could not defend my belt at that moment because it was a date very close to my last fight.”
ONE: Visions of Victory will now be the first ONE Championship event since November 3 that is not headlined by a title fight.