Rahul Raju will enter the ONE Championship Circle for his next matchup with a huge sense of urgency.
Rahul Raju will face Otgonbaatar Nergui in the opening bout of ONE: BATTLEGROUND II, which airs on Disney+ Hotstar, Star Sports Select 1, and the ONE Super App at 6 p.m. India Standard Time (IST) on Friday, 13 August.
Rahul Raju has dropped two bouts in a row, first losing to Amir Khan in October 2020 and then to Ahmed Mujtaba at ONE: UNBREAKABLE III in February 2021.
Those losses came after he won a pair of bouts in 2019, both by rear-naked choke.
Rahul Raju is now hoping to get back on track against Nergui, but the Mongolian is aiming to keep his winning momentum going.
Nergui stormed ONE Warrior Series 8, submitting his opponent by first-round guillotine choke, and he’ll be looking for a statement win over Raju as he steps onto the global stage of martial arts for the first time.
In the main event of the evening, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will meet debuting Zhang “The Warrior” Lipeng in a crucial match for his career.
Folayang most recently dropped a loss to Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki in April, and he’ll be looking to prove that he’s still a World Title threat.
Meanwhile, Zhang is making his entrance into ONE Championship and will hope to use Folayang as a ladder to the lightweight division’s elite.
Ushering in that fight will be a co-main event clash between #5-ranked strawweight Alex “Little Rock” Silva and rising star Miao Li Tao.
Silva recently competed against ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio but lost by a narrow split decision. Miao last defeated Ryuto “Dragon Boy” Sawada in April.
Full Card For ONE: BATTLEGROUND II
• Eduard Folayang vs. Zhang Lipeng (mixed martial arts – lightweight)
• Alex Silva vs. Miao Li Tao (mixed martial arts – strawweight)
• Thomas Narmo vs. Alain Ngalani (mixed martial arts – heavyweight)
• Eko Roni Saputra vs. Liu Peng Shuai (mixed martial arts – flyweight)
• Otgonbaatar Nergui vs. Rahul Raju (mixed martial arts – lightweight)