Renato Sobral vs. Melvin Manhoef to headline ONE FC 3 on March 31

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Renato “Babalu” Sobral will face Dutch striker Melvin Manhoef in the ONE FC 3 main event March 31 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

ONE FC announced the match-up during a press conference on Tuesday.

After going 1-1 in 2010 with a decision win over Robbie Lawler and a KO loss to Dan Henderson, Sobral spent 2011 on the sidelines nursing a shoulder injury.

Manhoef has only won two of his last seven MMA bouts, and lost his last three in a row. He has also lost his last three kickboxing bouts, most recently this past weekend, dropping a unanimous decision to Tyrone Spong at It’s Showtime 55 in Amsterdam.

Also announced for the DREAM co-promoted event is a bantamweight match-up between 24-year-old undefeated Filipino Kevin Belingon and Japanese submission specialist Masakazu Imanari.

In related news, it was also announced during the press conference that ONE FC has signed a new 10 year partnership with ESPN STAR Sports, Asia’s biggest sports content provider.

ONE FC CEO Victor Cui commented:

“Asia has been the birthplace and home to martial arts for the last 5,000 years and ONE Fighting Championship has a vision of bringing mixed martial arts to the 3.9 billion people living in Asia. ESPN STAR Sports, Asia’s biggest provider of sports content, is a wonderful partner to help with that mission.”

Stay tuned as more ONE FC 3 fights will be announced in the near future.

NOTE:’s Jack Bratcher also contributed to this article.

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