Mixed Martial Arts

Almaty’s Rustem Yensebayev replaces Tang De Pan as Fu Chang Xin’s ‘ONE: Battle for the Heavens’ opponent

Fu Chang Xin, Rustem Yensebayev

Fu Chang Xin, Rustem Yensebayev

Fighting out of Almaty, Kazakhstan, Rustem “Actor” Yensebayev, 28, is scheduled to make his ONE Championship debut on July 7, 2018. He will compete against Fu Chang Xin, 25, of Harbin, China at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens,” which will take place at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China.

The Almaty native replaced “The Demolition Man” Tang De Pan, 26, of Changsha, China, who was originally set to face Fu at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.” ONE Championship has yet to explain the replacement.

Yensebayev and Fu will compete in the bantamweight division, which will be the seventh bout at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.” Currently reigning as the ONE Bantamweight World Champion is Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Brazil

On July 4, 2018, Yensebayev and Fu met at the Roof Top Bar of the Park Hyatt in Guangzhou. They joined nine other pairs of ONE Championship athletes for the official face-off of “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.”

Yensebayev is not the first Kazakh mixed martial artist to compete in the ONE Championship cage. Also fighting out of Almaty, Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov, 30, made his debut in the promotion on November 21, 2015 at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions 4” in Beijing, China.

At “ONE: Dynasty of Champions 4,” Akhtemov dethroned Adriano Moraes, who was then the reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion. The current champion in the division is Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines.

“ONE: Battle for the Heavens” will be headlined by Yodcherry Sityodtong, 19, of Thailand and Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei for the very first ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion belt. Prior to the face-off, ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated that the first female ONE Super Series contenders will be joined by “several of the very best martial arts talent from China and the world.”

Meanwhile, watch one of Yensebayev’s previous bouts here:

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