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Roy Doliguez, Burn Soriano slated for Throne of Tigers


ONE Championship has just announced additional bouts to complete a spectacular card at ONE Championship: Throne of Tigers. The blockbuster event will feature the absolute best in local and international mixed martial arts talent.

“Throne of Tigers is shaping up to be one of the most exciting cards we have ever held in Kuala Lumpur. The card has an amazing roster of talent,” ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui said. “Fans in Malaysia and all around the world can look forward to an amazing night of world-class mixed martial arts action.”

Two Filipinos will be featured on the card, as Roy Doliguez looks to snap his two-fight losing skid against Brazilian Alex Silva, while Ilocano flyweight Bernard Soriano looks to gain a winning streak, facing Malaysian Saiful Merican.

Strawweight bout: Doliguez vs. Silva


Roy Doliguez is a Filipino mixed martial artist currently riding a 6-3 record. Considered one of the best strawweights in Asia, Doliguez is also a former professional boxer with more than 40 pro bouts. He made his promotional debut in 2015, vying for the inaugural ONE Strawweight World Championship against Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. The 34-year-old native of Sarangani, Philippines, makes his return to the ONE Championship cage against Brazil’s Alex Silva.

33-year-old Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Brazil is a mixed martial artist who holds a record of 4-1 as a professional, and is riding high on a three-fight winning streak — having defeated Filipino siblings Rene, Ruel, and Robin Catalan in succession. He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist with a terrifying ground game and knack for securing highlight-reel submission finishes. With steadily increasing confidence, Silva’s last three victories have ended in spectacular first-round submissions.

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Flyweight bout: Soriano vs. Merican


Burn “The Hitman” Soriano of Ilocos Sur, Philippines, is coming off a highlight-reel victory over Indonesia’s Mario Sitya Wirawan, scoring a lightning quick 15-second spinning back fist KO. With a professional mixed martial arts record of 3-2, which includes two wins by submission and one by knockout, Soriano looks to continue his winning ways inside the ONE Championship cage. In his next bout, Soriano goes head-to-head with Malaysian MMA hero Saiful Merican.

Saiful “The Vampire” Merican of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is happy to compete in front of his hometown crowd in Kuala Lumpur once again. The 28-year-old flyweight combatant is an explosive striker who starts bouts fast, always looking to end matters early. He has had incredible success inside the ONE Championship cage with his fan-friendly fighting style.

Throne of Tigers is set to take place on Friday, February 20, at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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