Christmas came early this year, well at least for us at TFN. Back in Christmas 2012, the only one gift that we asked Santa for, was the ONE FC debut of Phuket Top Team’s Andrew Leone and we weren’t fussy too. He didn’t have to be gift wrapped or sent over with a bow. He could be as scruffy as he always is. He just needed to be put in the cage with one tough SOB and let Leone prove his worth in Asia’s biggest MMA promotion. Guess good old fatso delivered because Andrew Leone will be making his ONE FC debut at ONE FC: Rise to Power in Manila, the Philippines, on the 31st of May.
Phuket Top Team has officially announced that Andrew Leone, will be making his debut at the next ONE FC event and he will be facing Filipino Geje Eustaquio. Leone (6-2), is one of the hottest prospects in ONE FC’s 125lb division and has notable wins over UFC’s Kyung Ho Kang and current ONE FC: Bantamweight Champion Soo Chul Kim. Leone has previously fought actively in Taiwan’s Pro Fighting and South Korea’s ROAD FC. Leone used to fight in the bantamweight division but now will be dropping to his natural weight class at 125lbs.
His opponent, Geje Eustaquio (4-1), fights out of Baguio City’s famed Team Lakay. Eustaquio’s most notable win was when he defeated Evolve MMA’s Alex Silva at ONE FC 2: Battle of Heroes. Eustaquio is the hometown boy and it’ll come as no surprise that the entire stadium will be behind him. It will be a challenge for Leone but one that we’re pretty sure the American is prepared for.
Check out Phuket Top Team’s documentary of Andrew Leone, who’s our pick on being one of the hottest prospects in ONE FC’s Flyweight division in the near future.