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ONE First Strike: Grigorian vs. Souwer Preview

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Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion is staging a massive event this October 15th at ONE: First Strike, where we’re going to be treated to 10 sensational fights, including the eight-man Featherweight Kickboxing Grand Prix inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Eight-Man Featherweight Kickboxing Grand Prix

  • Marat Grigorian vs. Andy Souwer
  • Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong vs. Tayfun Ozcan
  • Samy Sana vs. Chingiz Allazov
  • Enriko Kehl vs. Davit Kiria

All eight fighters will be looking for the opportunity to progress in the Grand Prix with the end goal of meeting the Champion and winner between Petrosyan and Superbon.

Marat Grigorian: Keys to victory

Former GLORY Lightweight Champion Marat Grigorian is known for the dynamite packed in his right hand, a highly technical fighter whose also not opposed to stand and bang.

Grigorian catches his opponents with the element of surprise with his almost poetry in motion style ability to smoothly move through his skill set landed a varied form of attacks on his opponent from feinting a hook to snapping a roundhouse kick to the side of the head making his ability to switch it up seem so effortless.

With close to 80 fights to his name, the Armenian fighting out of the famous Hemmers Gym has been in there with the very best on five occasions with Thai superstar Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong and the now-retired Yodsanklai Fairtex.

A win over Souwer and progressing through the Grand Prix would be a huge piece towards the very successful legacy of Marat Grigorian.

Andy Souwer: Keys to Victory

Souwer is known for his high volume pressure style of fighting the experienced Dutchman with 161 wins to his name has seen it and done it when it comes to Kickboxing at the highest level.

Souwer holds wins over names such as Nieky Holzken, Yodsenklai, Buakaw, and namesake and teammate of his opponent Harut Grigorian, also sharing the ring twice with current Champion Giorgio Petrosyan.

What makes Souwer so dangerous is his unpredictability with him able to switch between boxing, Muay Thai, and Kickboxing keeping his opponents guessing as to what he has come their way.

Progressing to the final and the possibility of facing Petrosyan for his trilogy fight is a match made in heaven.


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