Reece “Lightning” McLaren is back in action after nine long months, and he is ready to continue his ascent in the ONE Championship flyweight rankings.
The Filipino-Australian sensation looks to resume his winning ways when he takes on unbeaten Aleksi “The Giant” Toivonen in the co-main event of ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES on October 9.
Currently ranked number five in the ONE flyweight division, McLaren would put himself right back in the hunt for the ONE Flyweight World Title if he beats “The Giant.”
There’s no denying that the 29-year-old has faced the best of the organization no matter which division he competes in.
He originally started at bantamweight, where he scored convincing wins over Mark “Mugen” Striegl and Muin “Tajik” Gafurov before falling to the division giants Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes and Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon.
Moving to the flyweight division, McLaren quickly secured wins over Antapong “Mak Mak” Bunrad, Gianni Subba, and Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada though he lost by decision to third-ranked Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhemetov and second-ranked Danny “The King” Kingad.
He recently got back to winning ways when he made short work of Gurdashan “Saint Lion” Mangat at ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS in December 2019.
Now he has his hands full against “The Giant,” who’s also coming off a long layoff.
Toivonen made his ONE debut in July 2019 with a submission win over Akhihiro “Superjap” Fujisawa before tearing his ACL during training a few months later.
Now that he is healthy and hungry, he hopes to add McLaren to his growing list of wins.
The night will be bannered by two-sport World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao who defends his ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title against top-ranked contender Josh “Timebomb” Tonna.
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