One Fighting Championship continues its Asian domination in the world of Mixed Martial Arts as it stroms into Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with ONE FC 4: Destiny of Warriors.
The largest MMA promotion in Asia just announced some massive and exciting match ups that will definitely rock Asian MMA scene for their June 23rd event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The long wait is over for some mma fans around the world that are eager to see the former UFC light heavyweight contender, Renato “Babalu” Sobral compete inside the One FC cage. Babalu will finally make his One FC debut against a very agile Japanese mma icon, Tatsuya Mizuno. Babalu vs. Mizuno will serve as the main event fight of the evening.
It’s been almost two years since Babalu tasted his last defeat in the hands of the heavy-handed mma legend, Dan Henderson at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2 via first round KO. Now he is back to prove that he still have the will and skill to be a Mixed Martial Arts champion.
Standing in Babalu’s way will be the ever dangerous Tatsuya Mizuno. Mizuno has a nice stand-up game with excellent takedown defense. He has the ability to submit his opponents; majority of his victories came by submission.
Both fighters are well versed in every aspect of the fight game, have a lot of heart and will be in the best condition of their lives. With that being said, the more polished and accomplished fighter is no doubt Babalu and that will show during this fight. Babalu has fought the biggest of fights under the brightest of lights; I can’t say the same for Tatsuya Mizuno. This will no doubt be an exciting fight as both fighters are looking for a big KO or Submission win to impress their fans.
Speaking of an exciting fight, another jaw-dropping match up between Masakazu Imanari and Leandro Issa has been announced as the co-main event of the evening. This is a very interesting match up between the two of the most dangerous submission gods in Asia.
Fresh from his remarkable reverse heel hook victory over Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon at One FC 3: War of the Lions, The master of leglocks will once again face another dangerous fighter in Leandro Issa.
The native of Ubataba, Sao Paolo, Brazil, Leandro “Brodinho” Issa is definitely taking this fight very seriously as this challenge will surely be his toughest to date. Issa is coming off from a unanimous decision victory over South Korean mma phenom, Soo Chul Kim at One FC 1: War of the Lions.
This fight is hard to call, it is not a jiu-jitsu fight; but I am giving the advantage to the much experienced fighter in Imanari. But Issa can definitely pull up an upset by utilizing his much improved striking game. I have seen Issa sharpens his muay thai skills at Evolve MMA with the best muay thai world champions in the world. I think Issa is the more complete fighter at this moment. This is ONE FC and you need a great all around game to win here. But again, Imanari has proven again and again over the past years that once he get to hold your heel or toe, it’s either you’ll tap or he’ll break it.
Another explosive fight has been added for ONE FC 4: Destiny of Warriors. Eddie “The Magician” Ng looks to continue his One FC domination by facing the surging French fighter, Arnaud “The Game” Lepont.
Lepont is currently riding a 5-fight win streak with notable wins over Krzystof Hajtalowic and Jian Kai Chee. Lepont isn’t your typical brawler; he is technical and methodical within the cage. He is able to mentally take his opponents off their game and enforce his style of fight
There’s no question about Eddie Ng being one of the best lightweights in Asia. A 5-1 record as a professional mma fighter is great for any fighter, but Eddie hasn’t fought the level of competition Arnaud has. Eddie’s last fight against Jian Kai Chee showed that he really has evolved into a much complete fighter. Eddie will surely bring his “A” game against Lepont.
This has “Fight of the Night” written all over it! Two of the top lightweights in Asia will go toe to toe to see who has the best overall game between the two great fighters. The poster boy for ONE FC, Eddie Ng will put his perfect ONE FC record on the line against the always entertaining Arnaud “The Game” Lepont.
Another BJJ phenom will compete at the highly awaited One Fighting Championsip 4: Destiny of Warriors as Gregor Gracie looks to earn his second straight One FC win over Malaysia’s own, Adam Kayoom.
Since returning to full time MMA in 2010, Gracie has not only dedicated himself to becoming the best mixed martial artist he can be, he’d done it in impressive fashion. A very accomplished BJJ practicioner, Gracie will surely showcase his insane ground game against Adam Kayoom.
Adam Kayoom is a solid all around Mixed Martial Artist with noteable wins over Peter Hickmott and Seok Mo Kim. He has shown that he is able to take the fight to the ground and puncher or elbows, and also has an incredible BJJ game.
Both fighters have huge potential within the welterweight division. They are both strong fighters with loads of talent. It will be interesting how this fight unfolds; Kayoom has yet to face the caliber of Gregor.
This has the potential to be and edge-of-your-seat battle from start to finish. Both are highly-conditioned, with Gregor having the edge in BJJ and elbow and knee strikes and Adam being close behind in those areas but the stronger of the two.
Partial fight card for ONE FC 4: Destiny of Warriors
Main Event: Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Co-main event: Masakazu “Ashikan Judan” vs. Leandro “Brodinho” Issa
Eddie “The Magician” Ng vs. Arnaud “The Game” Lepont
Gregor Gracie vs. Adam Kayoom
Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson vs. TBA
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