One of those fighters is Japanese star Ryota Murata's (10-0, 7) [村田 諒太], who weighed in at 161lbs for his bout with George Tahdooahnippah (34-2-3-2, 24), who was 161.5lbs. The bout is Murata's second in the US and he has stated that he aims to get a KO and impress the US audience, who were left flat by his US debut against Gunnar Jackson. For Tahdooanippah the bout is a chance to score a huge win and make a serious mark on the sport after having a faltering few years, however it is a big step up for the more experienced man who is regarded as clear under-dog.
The other Asian is former world title challenger Ik Yang (19-1-0-1, 14) [杨连慧] who battles against exciting Australian Leonardo Zappavigna (34-2, 24) . Originally this bout was set to be a world title eliminator at 140lbs however the bout was later re-set to a catchweight bout at 144lbs at Yang's request. On the scales both men were 143lbs with Zappvigna looking the better man on the scales. Despite the weigh limit being set at Yang's request he is only just the favourite and actually looked worse on the scales than the Australian.