Asia's biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization has just added a "big" fight to the preliminary card of ONE FC: "Rise to Power," in the form of a heavyweight match-up betweem Tim Sylvia and Tony Johnson for the May 31 event in Manila.
Sylvia (31-8-1) has already appeared once for ONE FC in a fight which ended in ignominy after an illegal soccer kick from Andrei Arlovski resulted in the referee declaring a "no contest." The two-time UFC champion will be hoping for a more satisfactory conclusion to his second trip to Manila when he takes on highly rated wrestler Tony Johnson Jr. (6-1).
Rated as one of the best heavyweight prospects in the world, Johnson's career has not progressed at the expected rate due to the infrequent nature of his fights. Sylvia will be just the third opponent he has faced in three years. A star wrestler who has also enjoyed success on the American football field, his only career loss came at the hands of Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier in 2010.