Miado, Catalan pulled out of ONE: Heavy Hitters

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 12) – Filipino mixed martial arts stalwarts Jeremy Miado and Robin Catalan have been pulled out of ONE: Heavy Hitters, just two days before their respective fights.

In a statement, ONE Championship said Miado and Catalan were placed under the Singapore-based MMA organization's COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Miado was supposed to fight Japan's Senzo Ikeda in the main card of the event scheduled on Friday, Jan. 14, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The fighter out of Thailand-based MMA stable Marrok Force holds a 10-4 win-loss record. He knocked out China's Miao Li Tao after two rounds in his previous fight in ONE: NEXTGEN last October. 

Meanwhile, Catalan was lined up against Indonesia's Elipitua Siregar in the event's lead card as he stakes his 10-7 slate.

Catalan, younger brother of former wushu champion and regular ONE Championship campaigner Rene, suffered a stinging rear naked choke loss to Ryuto Sawada in ONE: UNBREAKABLE in January 2021.

Due to the pullout of the two Filipino fighters, Ikeda and Siregar will instead battle each other on Friday in their strawweight showdown.