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.

2 thoughts on “Renato Sobral vs. Melvin Manhoef to headline ONE FC 3 on March 31”
  1. Apparently Dana White has said he’d be welcome, but he’s making more money with Affliction and Strikeforce than he was in the UFC so it’s unlikely that he will.

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