Exclusive: Aussie heavyweight Chris Lokteff signs with ONE FC, meets Tony Johnson
Aussie heavyweight Chris Lokteff will make his ONE FC debut next Friday
Image courtesy insidemma.com.au
Brisbane based heavyweight Chris Lokteff has signed a multi-fight deal with Asia’s top MMA organisation, ONE FC and will make his promotional debut against once beaten American Kickboxing Academy standout Tony Johnson.
MMA Kanvas can confirm that Lokteff will face Johnson in a featured heavyweight bout on next Friday's (AEST) ONE FC 12 event.
Fighting out of Integrated MMA, the same camp that spawned Aussie welterweight Kyle Noke, Lokteff is considered one of the finest heavyweight prospects that Australia has produced.
Debuting as a professional MMA fighter just over two years ago, the 6’1” and 246 pound (111kg) fighter burst onto the Australian fight scene, finishing eight straight opponents before suffering his first defeat last year to Sam Kei.
The gargantuan fighter pushed his impressive record to 11-1 this past July with a second round submission of Cam Bracewell at a Nitro MMA event, which opened the door for him to join ONE FC.
Lokteff takes a big step up in competition next weekend when he faces Johnson, but he sees no reason why it won’t result in another stoppage victory on his resume.
"I've finished 11 of my opponents within two rounds and I can’t see why my bout against Tony Johnson will be any different. I will be looking to knock him out or finish him by submission. Either way, I will be looking for the finish and bringing home my win bonus. I am very excited about fighting one of the best heavyweights ONE FC has on my debut." Lokteff told MMA Kanvas.
Johnson however, isn’t a push over. Before joining ONE FC, the athletic big man had racked up a series of wins in North American promotions like King of The Cage and Bellator MMA, with the lone blemish on his otherwise flawless record coming from top UFC heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier.
Taking a huge step up in competition this past May in his ONE FC premiere, Johnson defeated former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, and with that big win behind him, he is confident that Lokteff doesn’t stand a chance.
"I am excited to be back fighting in ONE FC again. I want to keep this streak going and prove that I'm the best heavyweight in the world. Chris has an impressive record but there's no way he will defeat me, I have fought and defeated way harder opponents than him." Johnson said.
ONE FC 12 goes down next Friday night (AEST) from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – keep it locked to MMA Kanvas for full results, analysis and play-by-play of the event.
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