In the tourney final, Kevin Belingon (11-2) meets Masakatsu Ueda (17-2-2). Belingon, a Filipino fighter, advance to the final with back-to-back TKO wins over Yusup Saadulaev and Thanh Vu. He meets Ueda, a former Shooto champ and onetime Bellator fighter. The Japanese fighter advanced to the grand prix's final bout following a submission win over Min Jung Song and a submission victory over former UFC champ Jens Pulver.
In a lightweight bout, Eduard Folayang (12-3), the reigning URCC welterweight champion, looks to snap out of a 1-2 skid when he meets UFC and WEC vet Kamal Shalorus (7-3-2), who hopes to end a three-fight skid that followed an undefeated (7-0-2) start to his career.
Finally, UFC vet Phil Baroni (15-16) meets fellow welterweight slugger Nobutatsu Suzuki (9-1-2). Baroni is just 2-6 since late 2008, but one of his wins came via TKO over Rodrigo Ribeiro at ONE FC 5. He meets Suzuki, who posted nine knockouts in his first nine career wins before a submission loss to Keita Nakamura back in December.
The latest "ONE FC 9: Rise to Power" card includes:
Champ Honorio Banario vs. Koji Oishi - for featherweight title
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Koetsu Okazaki - for interim bantamweight title
Kevin Belingon vs. Masakatsu Ueda - bantamweight grand-prix final
Eduard Folayang vs. Kamal Shalorus
Phil Baroni vs. Nobutatsu Suzuki