ONE FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ Adds Docyogen vs. Urushitani and Eustaquio vs. Leone

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Here’s the official press release:

ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), presented by Casino Filipino and in association with Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), announced today the final two main card bouts for ONE FC: RISE TO POWER. Rey Docyogen will battle Yasuhiro Urushitani and Geje Eustaquio will take on Andrew Leone. All the action takes place live on 31 May from the 20,000-seat MOA Arena in Manila, Philippines.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC: RISE TO POWER is one of the most stacked cards in MMA history. We are bringing out the biggest names in Asian MMA as we return to the fight capital of Asia, Manila. Having these four warriors compete in front of 20,000 screaming fans inside the state-of-the-art MOA Arena is going to be incredible. Fans have been waiting for the return of Geje Eustaquio and the debut of Andrew Leone. Adding a fight between Rey Docyogen and Yasuhiro Urushitani is icing on the cake. I know that the millions of ONE FC fans around the world can’t wait to watch these modern day gladiators collide on 31 May.”

Docyogen

Rey Docyogen is one of the most exciting prospects to have ever emerged from the Philippines and has smashed his way through the flyweight and pinweight divisions in his home country. What Docyogen lacks in stature, he more than makes up for in strength and determination and he is renowned for his devastating ground and pound. He has four wins by stoppage due to strikes and four wins by submission, which is testament to how well-rounded he is. On 31 May, he will be making his second appearance inside the famed ONE FC cage against Japan’s Yasuhiro Urushitani.

Urushitani

Urushitani is the latest top Japanese fighter to sign with ONE FC and is one of the most experienced fighters in the featherweight division. He is a Shooto practitioner who made his MMA debut over a decade ago and has 31 fights to his name. He is a tenacious competitor who is no stranger to a tough fight. A stand up specialist, Urushitani is firmly established as one of the most dangerous fighters Japan has ever produced.

Geje

Geje Eustaquio was last seen in the ONE FC cage at ONE FC: BATTLE OF HEROES in Jakarta, Indonesia. Eustaquio shocked the MMA world by defeating Alex Silva by decision in his first ONE FC outing. He trains alongside ONE FC Featherweight Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario at Team Lakay in Baguio, Philippines. Eustaquio will be looking to do his nation proud when he battles American Andrew Leone at ONE FC: RISE TO POWER.

Leone

Leone is an accomplished wrestler who has been working tirelessly on his Muay Thai and BJJ since joining the renowned Phuket Top Team. As a young MMA fighter, Leone has already made a big impression by winning fights against Soo Chul Kim and Min Jung Song. He is in the best fighting form of his life and is determined to make an impression in his highly-anticipated ONE FC debut come 31 May.

ONE FC: RISE TO POWER is headlined by the ONE FC Featherweight World Championship bout between reigning champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario and the number one contender Koji Oishi, plus the ONE FC Bantamweight Interim Title bout between pound-for-pound king Bibiano Fernandes and Koetsu Okazaki. All the action takes place live from the MOA Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Tickets for ONE FC: RISE TO POWER on 31 May are exclusively available at Casino Filipino outlets nationwide. Refer towww.onefc.com/tickets for details.

Fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv.

The first three undercard fights are available for viewing free-of-charge and the main card fights will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.

For more updates on ONE Fighting Championship™, please visit www.onefc.com and follow on Twitter @ONEFCMMA and Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA.

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Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio Faces Phuket Top Team’s Andrew Leone On May 31st in Manila!

Photo by: Onefc.com

Photo by: Onefc.com

Two very skilled flyweight fighters are set to face each other in front of thousands of fight fans and will surely give us a heck of a fight as Team Lakay’s Geje “The Gravity” Eustaquio (4-1) scraps with Phuket Top Team’s Andrew Leone (5-2) on  May 31st for One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ at SM MOA Arena in the Philippines and will try to get themselves closer to the One FC flyweight title picture.

One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ will be headlined by One FC world featherweight championship as Team Lakay’s Honorio “The Rock” Banario (8-1) defends his world title against a highly skilled veteran Koji Oishi (23-9-10).

Brazilian bantamweight phenom Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes (13-3) looks for his second One FC win as he takes on Koetsu Okazaki (8-2) for the One FC Interim Bantamweight Title.

Andrew Leone is a natural flyweight fighter and is quite a massive fighter for the said weight class. He is a wrestling coach at PTT and got some wicked ground game. It will be an interesting to see how good Leone’s striking is as he currently trains with some of the best strikers in Asia in Phuket, Thailand.

Leone has a notable wins over UFC bantamweight fighter, Kong Hyo Kang and the current One FC world bantamweight champ, Soo Chul Kim. It has been almost a year since we saw Leone in action, that’s why I’m pretty sure that he is pumped for this fight and looks to win his One FC debut against the super tough fighter from the Phililppines, Geje Eustaquio in front of thousands of Filipino fight fans in Manila.

Andrew Leone is probably Eustaquio’s toughest opponent to date, but one thing I like about this warrior is that he never get intimidated by his foe. Like what I’ve said before, Eustaquio is a tactician, he fights hard and smart. He is one of the well-rounded fighters at Team Lakay. He works hard everyday to be the best because he knows that fighting in a world-class fighter in a world-class MMA promotion requires a lot of sacrifices just to get on top.

This will be Eustaquio’s second One FC appearance. He made his One FC debut last February 11 of 2012 against world-class BJJ champion, Alex Silva. Geje won that fight via unanimous decision and showed that he is one of the most feared flyweights in Asia today. Eustaquio is famous for his striking abilities and a very relaxed but deadly style of fighting. He will once again, go up against a superb grappler in Leone. Although he has fought and beaten some of the best grapplers in Asian MMA, Eustaquio never underestimates Leone and he will fight like it is a world championship fight.

This match-up is probably one of the most anticipated at One FC 9 in Manila.

One FC 9 will also feature Filipino MMA icon Eduard Folayang (12-3) versus WEC and UFC vet Kamal Shalorus (7-3-2).

Another Team Lakay fighter will be seen live in action on May 31st as Kevin Belingon (11-2) will make the most important fight of his MMA career as he will go up against Japanese submission specialist, Masakatsu Ueda (17-2) for the One FC Bantamweight Grand Prix Finals.

Also, Former UFC flyweight fighter, Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-6-6) looks to end his losing skid against Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen (10-1), who looks to redeem himself after a devastating 3rd round submission defeat at the hands of Shinichi Kojima at One FC ‘Return of Warriors’ last February.

Check out ww.onefc.com for the latest updates.

When Will He Fight Again?

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For many that compete in mixed martial arts, mastery centers on one’s commitment to their duties of becoming great fighters. Practicing, testing, and learning are all a part of the stages of development helping in the ascension.

Since starting his fighting career, architecture graduate Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen seems to fit this analogy perfectly. Driven, hungry, and humble these attributes have allowed Docyogen to excel rapidly up the ranks in his ultimate quest to reach the top.

Fighting has a tendency to bring out the best in an individual especially when it is fueled by outside life personal motives. Team Lakay’s Docyogen is one of those rare selfless competitors that are hard to come by in this sport.

Docyogen has been undefeated since 2006, impressing fight fans not only in his home country, The Philippines, but also around Asia. Eight of his ten wins came via stoppages and two via decisions. He is the current URCC pinweight champion.

Docyogen’s like the Anderson Silva of the pinweight division (119 lbs.) in the longest running MMA promotion in the Philippines, URCC. Docyogen is just a puzzle that no one can solve that’s why people call him “ The Punisher” because he is punishing every single opponent he faces inside the ring.

It has been months since he signed with One Fighting Championship, and it was rumored that he’ll make his One FC debut against Andrew Leone at One FC ‘Pride of a Nation’ but unfortunately, it didn’t happen.

His recent fight was against Rodel Orais eight months ago which he lays one-sided beating on Orais.

Andrew Leone has been calling out Docyogen for months, letting One FC officials know that he can beat Docyogen.

I personally would like to see this match-up because two equally talented guys will try to beat the hell out of each other.

Leone is a perfect opponent for Docyogen, I think Leone has already faced and beaten two of the best bantamweights in Asia, Kyung Ho Kang and the newly crowned One FC bantamweight champion, Soo Chul Kim. So I don’t think Docyogen vs. Leone would be a boring fight.

Is this fight going to happen? I hope so. I’m a huge fan of both fighters and would love to see them on December at the next One FC event.

ONE FC 6: Aoki vs. Lepont – Pros Pick

French fighter Arnaud “The Game” Lepont and Japanese warrior Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki will square-off on 6 October 2012, in the 12,000 plus seating capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore for the highly-anticipated ONE FC 6 “Rise of Kings”.

Both men are well-known for finishing fights in a remarkable way and they really hate to let the judges decide for the result of their fights. In other words, both men love to throw haymakers after haymakers, relentless on their feet, on the ground and looks to submit their opponents in a brutal fashion.

Aoki is arguably the most dangerous fighter when it comes to the ground. “Tobikan Judan” can break your arms, ankles, knees and your will in his chosen time, that’s how good this guy is. Aoki currently trains out of the biggest and very accomplished MMA gym in Asia, Evolve MMA.

I think we can definitely see a more complete and dangerous Aoki on October 6th against Lepont due to hours and hours of training with world-class muay thai coaches at Evolve MMA. Aoki admitted a few years back that he really hates to train his muay thai, but after suffering a couple of losses due to his lack of striking capabilities, he made the decision to train muay thai and transformed himself  to a true student of muay thai.

“Lepont is a tough warrior with a huge heart. For sure, he will be looking for the KO. Aoki is one of the greatest lightweights on the planet and he will be ready to show the world again why he is. This fight will not go the distance.”Yodchatri Sityodtong

Lepont in the other hand is a young, hungry and dangerous at all times. “The Game” is 10-1 in his pro MMA record winning 10 of his 11 fights via submission. Lepont in my opinion can defend Aoki’s submission attempts by throwing heavy punches from the top. Lepont has this never-say-die attitude that made him loved by his fans around the world.

Lepont will surely come out of his corner guns blazing as he looks to finish Aoki quickly to make a major statement that he is one of the best lightweights in the world. Lepont respects Aoki a lot, but there will be no feeling out process for this warrior when he faces his toughest opponent to date in Aoki.

“It’s a great opportunity for Arnaud. To have the chance to fight with one of the best lightweights in the world is a great opportunity for him. Arnaud does not feel any pressure, he is just going to go out there and do his best.”Paul Teo

This fight between Lepont and Aoki will not disapoint because many believed that this is one of those fights that you don’t want to miss. I urge you to don’t blink when this fight finally happen, because if you do, you might miss someone getting knocked or choked out.

I don’t think this is an easy fight for Aoki; Lepont has all the tools to beat Aoki, he just needs to work hard in the gym and come up with a better gameplan. Lepont has the heart of a champion and he will surely bring his “A” game on October 6th.

ONE FC CEO,Victor Cui stated, “This is the biggest fight of Lepont’s career and he is facing one of the toughest opponents possible in this weight class but on the flipside, Lepont has everything to gain and nothing to lose. If you are an MMA fan, then you already know the genius of Aoki and the cult-like following he has from fans around the world. Expectations will be high for Aoki to walk away with a win on his debut ONE FC fight.”

This is going to be a quick but brutal fight between two of the well-respected lightweights in Asia.

Can Lepont pull an upset or will it be a walk in the park for Aoki? Let’s here what these guys have to say about this match-up:

Arvind “The Juggernaut” Lalwani

It won’t be an easy fight for Aoki, but once Aoki has got Lepont figured out he will pull out a submission win. Aoki for the win.

Andrew Leone

I am very happy for Lepont, he’s got a great opportunity here. Let’s see what he can do with it. But if we look at it on paper, we got ourselves a mis-match. I respect Aoki and his record a lot and to say Lepont doesn’t have a chance would be silly because there’s always that overhand right, but if we look at who they both fought, who they proved themselves against side by side, I think we can manage an acceptable answer on who’s going to win.

Aoki, 1st round.
JJ “Superman” Ambrose

 I think stylistically this is a nightmare for Arnaud. Most of his wins have come by submission, having only had one TKO, he’s not known for his punching power. His limited wrestling won’t be enough to give Aoki much trouble with takedowns. However, it is a fight, and with the newly added Pride rules, anything can happen, one soccer kick later and it could be an upset. Best of luck to both fighters, but I see this ending in Aoki’s favor by way of submission, 1st or 2nd round.

Pete “The Professor” Brooks

Definitely not a walk in the park for Aoki. From the fights I’ve seen of Aoki, he is just a jiu jitsu guy. With the evolution of MMA, jiu jitsu by itself and without striking, is very ineffective. I’ve also talked with Eric Kelly, who trains with Lepont, and he said many positive things about Lepont. So I’ve got ‘The Game’ by 2nd round TKO.

Will “The Kill” Chope

This is definitely going to be a fun fight, 99% chance we see a cool crazy submission from the Japanese bad boy Aoki. But you never know with Lepont sometimes that guy is crazy, and he never gives up and turns the most technical fighters to brawlers when they fight him.

Lepont is a real fighter that never backs down and you better believe he will be coming out right at the bell marching at Aoki throwing bombs to test his chin. Going to be great fight, we either see another cool Aoki sub which I think is most likely or we just might see Lepont shock the world and be launched to super-stardom.

Ev Ting

Lepont seems well-rounded, but Aoki has my respect and definitely has the edge on the ground. Aoki by submission in early 2nd round.

Majee Overall

With new soccer kick rules in effect, I have to say that it is anyone’s ball game. Arnaud has been labeled the comeback kid recently, although most of his comebacks have been via submission. While a submission on Aoki is highly unlikely, this is a fight and anything can happen. My prediction is that Arnaud will come out swinging and clip Aoki early sending Shinya in desperately for a shot without a proper set up. This will be “The Game’s” chance to finish the fight early in sprawls and soccer kicks.

I got Arnaud pulling off the upset of the year via KO!

MMA Orient’s Top 10 flyweight fighters in Asia

The flyweight division is arguably the most exciting, fast-paced and action-packed weight division in any MMA promotions in the world; maybe due to its nature of having small, explosive and very athletic guys who kicks and punches faster compared to any fighters in other weight classes.

Asia is known for having some of the best flyweight fighters in the world; but some of them don’t have the chance to be recognized by the big leagues because of lack of media attention. We made this list of the best flyweights in Asia because we think they are the best and they deserved to be on it.

MMA Orient’s top 10 Flyweights in Asia:

1. Mamuro “The Illest afro in Asia” Yamaguchi

Pro MMA Record: 26-6-3

Country: Japan

Born: May 29, 1977

Style: Kickboxing

Height: 5’4

Club: ROOTS

Yamaguchi’s an experienced fighter, a former SHOOTO Bantamweight and Featherweight champion known for his very solid counter punching style and of course, his afro. He has been consistently ranked as one of the top flyweights in the world.

2. Yasuhiro Urushitani

Pro MMA Record: 19-5-6

Country: Japan

Born: September 8, 1976

Style: Kickboxing,Grappling

Height: 5’5

Club: Wajutsu Keisyukai RJW

Urushitani is a former SHOOTO flyweight champion. He has notable wins over TUF 14 bantamweight winner, John “The Magician” Dodson, Mamoru “The Illest afro in Asia” Yamaguchi and Daniel Lima. He made his UFC debut on March 3, 2012 against Joseph Benavidez. Urushitani lost to Benavidez via 2nd round TKO.

Urushitani’s next fight will be against John Lineker on September 1st for UFC 151 – Jones vs. Henderson.

3. Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen

Pro MMA Record: 10-0-0

Country: Philippines

Born: –

Style: MMA

Height: 5’4

Club: Team Lakay

Docyogen started his MMA career as a pinweight (110-119 lbs.) in the longest running MMA show in the Philippines, Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC). He is unstoppable in his weight division to the point where URCC couldn’t find a perfect opponent for him anymore. Docyogen and his camp decided to up move to flyweight (120-129 lbs.) to be able to find opponents who can give Docyogen a headache.

On February 12, 2012, Docyogen made his flyweight debut against an undefeated fighter, Rodel “Kid” Orais. Docyogen impressively defeated the much bigger Orais via submission (kimura) in the very first round.

4. Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon

Pro MMA Record: 9-1-0

Country: Philippines

Born: October 30, 1987

Style: MMA

Height: 5’5

Club: Team Lakay

Docyogen’s team mate, Belingon is no stranger to Asian MMA fans. Before fighting outside his home country, this warrior from Baguio City is already an mma icon in URCC in the Philippines. He believes that it was his hard work that put him in the position he is right now.

Although Belingon’s last two fights was at the bantamweight division, he still made it in our list because he’s the reigning URCC flyweight king.

According to some reliable sources, Belingon will be making his second appearance in ONE FC on August 31, 2012 in Manila. There’s no named opponent for him yet, but I want to see him fight Soo Chul Kim of South Korea. It’ll be a very exciting fight for sure!

5. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima

Pro MMA Record: 12-4-5

Country: Japan

Born: February 6, 1978

Style: Shooto, Grappling

Height: 5’4

Club: Katsumura Dojo

Kojima is widely considered as one of the most dangerous flyweights in the world due to his grappling prowess and very aggressive fighting style. Kojima is also known for his feud with Mamoru Yamaguchi.

6. Andrew Leone

Pro MMA Record: 5-2

Country: United States

Born:

Style: Grappling, Muay Thai

Height: 5’7

Club: Phuket Top Team

Andrew Leone’s claim to fame used to be being the younger brother of WEC and Bellator featherweight Anthony Leone but 2011 has been a breakout year for the Singapore based New Yorker.

In mixed martial arts he put in one of the most impressive and emphatic performances of the year in Asia to choke out unbeaten Korean prospect Soo Chul Kim in less than 30 seconds. In BJJ the blue belt excelled himself by not only finishing first in the >65kg blue belt category at the recent ADCC trials in China but also winning the >76.9kg advanced category in no-gi grappling.

Amongst the opponents which Leone, who normally fights at 125 lbs, defeated that day was Andy Wang a BJJ black belt and TUF veteran who normally competes in the lightweight division. It was a remarkable achievement for someone who only received their blue belt, awarded by Professor Adam Kayoom, last year.

7. Allamurad “Pretty Boy” Karayev

Pro MMA Record: 9-0-0

Country: Turkmenistan

Born: September 21, 1991

Style: Muay Thai

Height: 5’8

Club: MuayFit

Karayev is a flyweight knockout artist with a very remarkable mma record of 9-0 (6 KO/TKO and 3 by submissions). He is a striker who loves to throw punches and kicks to his opponent’s face. Karayev was already set to make his ONE FC debut last June 23rd against Roldan “The Executioner” Sancha-an when the doctor said he can’t fight due to a serious injury.

We are praying for a fast and safe recovery for Karayev. But when the injury is all healed up, I’d like to see this phenom go up against a very promising opponent to put his skills to test.

8. Ale “The Young Gun” Cali

Pro MMA Record: 4-1

Country: Phililpines

Born: November 20, 1991

Style: Boxing, Wrestling

Height: 5’4

Club: Beefit Pythons Pit

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Cali is the reigning Pacific Xtreme Combat’s (PXC) Flyweight Champion. Cali comes from a boxing background. His fighting style is very unique, he loves to use his footwork, superb boxing skills and loves to entertain the crowd. He currently trains alongside former URCC lightweight champ Angelito “The Saint” Manguray and Ricardo Sapno at Beefit Pythons Pit in Davao, Philippines.

I won’t be surprised if the UFC will ink a deal with this kid, I mean, he has a bright future ahead of him. He fights very relaxed and composed like Anderson Silva.

Cali will be making his first title defense against an explosive fighter who is known for being a fearless fighter inside the cage, Erwin Tagle on September for PXC 33 in the Philippines.

9. Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio

Pro MMA Record: 3-1

Country: Philippines

Born: April 6, 1988

Style: MMA

Height: 5’5

Club: Team Lakay

(Geje’s fight is at 1:06:47 mark)

Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio is a young and exciting fighter from the famed Team Lakay gym in Baguio City. Eustaquio is known for his very methodical way of fighting and his never-ending cardio. Eustaquio’s a brilliant tactician.

Eustaquio made his ONE FC debut against a very dangerous BJJ world champion, Alex Silva on February 11, 2012. Eustaquio won via unanimous decision.

Eustaquio is said to compete in the highly anticipated ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation on August 31, 2012 in a 16,500 seating capacity, Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines. The said event will be the biggest MMA event in the Philippines as some of the top Filipino fighters will be defending their backyard against their foreign foes.

10. Alex “Little Rock”  Silva

Pro MMA Record: 1-1

Country: Brazil

Born:

Style: BJJ, MuayThai

Height: 5’4

Club: Evolve MMA

A very accomplished BJJ practictioner, Alex Silva trains out of Evolve MMA in Singapore, the no.1 MMA gym in Asia, under the tutelage of Kru Chatri Sityodtong. Silva is undoubtedly, a very talented fighter with a bright future ahead of him. He diligently hones his striking skills with the help of Muay Thai world champions training and teaching at Evolve MMA in Singapore.

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