Looks like ONE FC 6 ‘Rise of Kings’ will make history on 6 October 2012 as the Singapore based MMA promotion will once again showcase some of the biggest names and arguably the most anticipated match-ups in Asian MMA history.
It has been a year since ONE FC begun its Asian MMA domination and for their sixth installment, they want to prove that they are the biggest and the most prestigous MMA promotion in Asia by setting up a very explosive fight card.
ONE Fighting Championship 6 ‘Rise of Kings’ will showcase three world title fights in one night, plus a super fight between Japanese MMA sensation, Shinya Aoki (30-6-1) taking on a heavy-handed French fighter, Arnaud Lepont (9-1-0) and a very interesting bantamweight GP.
The first-ever bantamweight championship is set between Evolve MMA standout, Leandro “Brodinho” Issa (10-2-0) and South Korea’s Soo Chul Kim (6-4-0).
When Issa and Kim first met inside the cage, it was a one sided decision in favor of the Brazilian as he showcased a more complete game than Kim. That fight happened a year ago and we all saw the improvement of Kim on his recent fights including his unanimous decision win over Belingon in ONE FC ‘Pride of a nation’ last month.
We saw a more dangerous, powerful and complete Soo Chul Kim against Belingon. It simply means that the Soo Chul Kim who Issa has faced and beaten a year a go was a completely different fighter in this rematch. Issa should also expect a motivated Kim as this fight will be the biggest one in his young MMA career as he aims to become the first-ever bantamweight champion of ONE FC.
Another title fight is set between Zorobabel “Zoro” Moreira (7-1-0) taking on Japanese lightweight champion, Kotetsu Boku (19-7-2) for the inaugural lightweight belt.
I think Moreira is the more complete fighter in this match-up. We’ve seen his evolution from a one dimensional fighter to a dangerous striker which made him a legit threat to his division. This guy looks unstoppable right now; he is on a five-fight win streak including his soccer kick KO against former UFC fighter Roger “El Matador” Huerta. We will see more of his submissions and improved striking game as he takes on a very dangerous opponent in Boku.
If you are fan of Moreira and believe that this fight will be an easy one for the Brazilian, I will tell you that you are completely wrong. Kotetsu Boku is a very durable fighter with a granite chin. He has a notable wins over Hermes Franca, Yutaka Ueda and Shin Kochiwa.
Boku’s advantage will surely be his experience as he has been in the business for 11 years and fought some of the best lightweights in the world. The 35-year-old wants to add another strap on his collection as he will try to put his name in the history of Asian MMA as the first-ever ONE FC lightweight champion.
‘Rise of Kings’ will also the very first ONE FC featherweight title fight.
As of this writing, only one fighter is confirmed for the initial featherweight championship and that is Team Lakay’s Honorio “The Rock” Banario 7-1-0).
But there are speculations that he’ll be facing the man who stamped a first loss in his pro MMA career and the man who gave Eric Kelly a tough fight, Bae Young “Serial Killer” Kwon (7-3-0).
I know Banario is motivated to train hard for this fight because this fight will be a huge opportunity for him to avenge his first career loss to the South Korean, Kwon.
Kwon vs. Banario is one of the most exciting fights in this fight card. Both guys are very athletic and powerful. But I think the man who has the better game plan will surely win the fight. I cannot wait to see this epic battle between two of the best featherweights in Asia.
Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (25-9-1-1) will make his second appearance in the ONE FC cage as he takes on a fellow heavy-handed fighter in Ryo “Rambo” Kawamura (15-6-4).
Manhoef vs. Kawamura is guaranteed fireworks as two hard-hitting dudes will try to impress thousands of fans on October 6.
Rise of Kings’ will also showcase the first-ever ONE FC bantamweight GP which will feature a scrap between former UFC lightweight champion Jens “lil evil” Pulver (26-17-1) going up against the Chinese bantamweight fighter Zhao Ya Fei (0-2-0), exciting Japanese fighter Masakatsu Ueda (15-2-2) will battle it out against South Korea’s Ming Jung Song (3-4-0).
Another bantamweight GP is set between Filipino bantamweight champion Kevin “Silencer”Belingon (9-2-0) taking on a submission artist from Russia, Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev (9-1-1).
Belingon’s first two fights in ONE FC has been a nightmare for him and his fans. There is no doubt about Belingon’s striking abilities and his punching power; but it’s quite obvious that his weakness is his grappling as his recent two defeats showed that he has a lot to work on when it comes to his ground game.
He will be facing another guy who loves to put his opponent on the ground and looks to submit them. I’m sure Belingon is training like a mad man in the gym as he is motivated to stamp his first win inside the ONE FC cage against Saadulaev.
A lot of Singaporean fans are disappointed because their very own, Rahdeem Rahman was pulled from the fight card due to an injury he sustained in training. Rahman is preparing for his fight against Malaysia’s flyweight prospect Giani Subba when the accident happen.
We don’t know if Subba will also be scratched or ONE FC will find him a match.
I would love to see Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio go up against Subba or his teammate, Roy “Punisher” Docyogen making his debut against Subba.
Singapore fans will surely be cheering on October 6th as their very own Radeem Rahman (1-0), the very first Pro MMA of Singapore will be making his second appearance in ONE FC. He will be facing Giani Subba, a top flyweight prospect in Malaysia.
After a very controversial fight with Shannon Wiratchai last month in the Philippines, Evolve MMA’s Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson (3-1-1) is back to erase that “no contest” fight against Wiratchai. Chilson will go up against Ngabdi Mulyadi (5-4) of Indonesia.
ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS will ignite the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 6 Oct with an explosive night of world-class MMA action on the largest stage in Asian MMA! History will be made as the first ONE FC World Champions are crowned in the ONE FC Cage. You don’t want to miss this!