Reece McLaren has earned a shot at Adriano Moraes and the ONE Flyweight World Championship.
Moraes and McLaren will face-off in the main event at ONE: Visions of Victory in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 9. The announcement is somewhat of a surprise, considering that Geje Eustaquio recently captured the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship by defeating Kairat Akhmetov in Manila, Philippines, just a few weeks ago.
Since reclaiming the ONE Flyweight World Championship, Adriano Moraes has been quite the consistent performer.
After losing his title to Kairat Akhmetov in November 2015, Moraes showed incredible persistence as he worked his way back to becoming the champion of the division once again. Moraes showcased his brilliant grappling abilities when he submitted Tilek Batyrov with a rear-naked choke to claim the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship.
The win led to a unification bout with Akhmetov in August 2017, and Moraes cruised to a unanimous decision victory and his former role as champion. With a firm grasp of the title once again, Moraes then defended his position successfully against Danny Kingad in November.
McLaren, who had competed at bantamweight for the length of his career, recently made his flyweight debut at ONE: Legends of the World.
He enters this contest in fine form after a brilliant submission victory against Anatpong Bunrad. The win snapped a two-fight losing streak for McLaren, who had fallen short against Bibiano Fernandes in a ONE Bantamweight Championship matchup – like so many before him. The submission-wiz then suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of the powerful Kevin Belingon in Kuala Lumpur, in August last year.
With prior experience of challenging for ONE Championship gold, McLaren will undoubtedly be ready for the tough challenge that stands ahead of him at ONE: Visions of Victory.
Grappling fans are in for a treat on March 9 as they watch Adriano Moraes battle with Reece McLaren.
Moraes uses traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques inside the ONE Championship cage to establish dominant positions, control his opponents, and then finish with choke submissions. The champion is especially outstanding at taking the back of his opponent. Once the hooks are in, he sticks to his adversary like glue.
The 26-year-old challenger is another who is exceptional when the fight hits the mat. McLaren’s latest submission was a masterclass on how to strangle an opponent. The Australian seamlessly floated above Bunrad before taking advantage of an exposed neck and forcing his opponent to submit.
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.