ONE Fighting Championship 5: Pride of a Nation is going to be a historic night for Filipino MMA.
It will be a night of stacked and exciting MMA fights as three Gracies will be competing at the said event. Also on the card, No.1 lightweight fighter in Asia, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki will be making his ONE FC debut in front of the 16,500 screaming fight fans.
A heavy handed contest is set between former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski and heavy-handed Australian MMA phenom, Soa “The Hulk” Palelei in a fight that I think, will get the K.O of the night award.
Dream bantamweight champion, Bibiano Fernandes will make his ONE FC debut against the CFC bantamweight king, Gustavo Falciroli. This fight is no doubt, one of the most anticipated contest in ONE FC 5 card. Both Bibiano and Gustavo are considered as two of the most dangerous bantamweight fighters in Asia. So expect a bloody but quick fight between these two monsters.
Filipino MMA icons, Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon and Eric Kelly will also compete in the biggest MMA promotion in Asia as they will carry the flag of their country and make their hometown crowd cheer for them on August 31st in Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Although Folayang’s opponent is yet to be determined, he promises to give the fans an exciting fight.
Meanwhile, undefeated featherweight fighter Eric “The Natural” Kelly will be facing his toughest opponent to date as he is set to fight the former UFC lightweight champion Jens “little evil” Pulver.
We asked Kelly on what is his thoughts on fighting in front of thousand of fans and on fighting a former UFC lightweight champion and he admitted that this is not an easy fight. He will train harder for this fight.
“This fight will be my my toughest fight to date, that’s for sure.” Kelly added.
Folayang’s teammate, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is also expected to compete. Belingon’s opponent is yet to be announced in the coming weeks. But there’s a big chance that he will be fighting the South Korean MMA phenom, Soo Chul Kim.
You will also see Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni back in action against Rodrigo “Ximbica” Ribiero from Evolve Fight Team.
According to Hybrid Yaw-Yan’s Facebook page, Nicholas “The Apprentice” Mann, the URCC light heavyweight champ will be facing probably the most improtant fight of his MMA career in Gregor Gracie. The fight will be at 80 kg.
ONE FC CEO, Victor Cui said during the ONE FC 5 press conference that the full fight card for their Manila show is yet to be announced in the coming weeks.
We are so excited t0 see this event because many considered that this will be the biggest MMA event in the history of Filipino MMA.
Filipinos are one of the craziest and loudest fight fans in the world, so it expected that his event is going to be insane.
ONE FC 5 “Pride of a Nation” partial fight card
Andrei Arlovski vs. Soa Palelei
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Gustavo Falciroli
Eric Kelly vs. Jens Pulver
Gregor Gracie vs. Nicholas Mann
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