ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP FINALIZES ONE FC: RISE TO POWER CARD WITH THREE EXCITING UNDERCARD BOUTS

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Here’s the official release:

08 April 2013 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), presented by Casino Filipino and in association with Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), announced today three undercard bouts for ONE FC: RISE TO POWER. Up and coming Lowen Tynanes will battle the seasoned Felipe Enomoto while MMA veteran Tim Sylvia is back in action against Tony Johnson and fan favorite Ryan Diaz will take on Russian ace Yusup Saadulaev. All the action takes place live on 31 May from the MOA Arena in Manila, Philippines.

As a young MMA fighter, Lowen Tynanes has already made a big impression by winning fights against top opponents in the Philippines, Japan and Malaysia. The high school wrestling champion silenced the home-crowd in Manila by incapacitating crowd-favorite Eduard Folayang with a vicious elbow which caused the doctor to instantly stop the fight. In his last outing at ONE FC, Tynanes also defeated Hong Kong-based South African fighter Vuyisile Colossa via rear naked choke. A proud American, he loves nothing better than to travel to Asia to take on the best local fighters in their own back yards. Tynanes is once again looking forward to showcasing his skills when he takes on Swiss-Japanese fighter Felipe Enomoto.

Each time Felipe Enomoto has entered into the ONE FC cage, he has been the underdog. This time, it is no different. Having established a reputation as being one of the toughest and most durable fighters in Asia who always leaves it all in the cage, Enomoto will undoubtedly be looking to silence the crowd with a decisive victory in the early rounds. Any fight which involves Enomoto is going to be a treat for MMA fans because this fighter never backs down no matter who the opponent is or which round he’s in.

One of the most frightening figures the MMA world has ever witnessed in combat sports action is Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia. Towering at over two meters tall, this brute of a man poses a serious threat to every heavyweight fighter in the world. Sylvia has fought over 30 times, won numerous championships and knocked out countless opponents. Sylvia’s unusual combination of size and quickness has ushered in a new era of monstrous, weight cutting heavyweights who seek total domination of their smaller counterparts. Sylvia is looking for a spectacular KO when he squares off against Tony Johnson on 31 May.

Tony Johnson is an imposing heavyweight fighter. Considered a top prospect in the heavyweight division, Johnson is famed for being one of the fastest strikers in the division and is currently on a two fight win streak. At ONE FC: RISE TO POWER, he will be looking to make an impressive debut in the famed ONE FC cage.

Ryan Diaz has been training in MMA for over ten years and already has thirteen professional wins to his name. Over a long career, Diaz continues to perfect his background in BJJ, Muay Thai and boxing. He possesses incredible power and strength. Diaz is much more experienced of the two fighters and will be looking to use his strength to overpower his Russian opponent and return to the USA victorious. After 2 outings in the ONE FC cage, Russian wrestler Saadulaev is still searching for his first ONE FC victory and will enter the cage for the third time with the determination to prevent a Diaz win at all costs.

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

Fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming atwww.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.

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

 

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Surging Lightweight Lowen Tynanes To Lock Horns With Felipe Enomoto At One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’

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One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ adds another interesting lightweight match-up between the surging Hawaiian fighter, Lowen Tynanes (4-0) and deadly Swiss fighter, Felipe Enomoto (6-5-1).

One FC 9 is set to stage on May 31st at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.

Tynanes is arguably one of the best lightweight prospects to ever come out of Hawaii. Tynanes, before entering pro and fighting internationally, is making a huge wave as an amateur. He has a record of 4-0 as an amateur; three of those are TKO stoppages and a UD win.

The Hawaiian Tynanes turned pro on September 25 of 2011 against Yosuki Suto at Heat 19. Tynanes used his superb ground skills against Suto, scoring some huge takedowns and solidly controling his Japanese foe on the ground. Tynanes got his well-desreved unanimous victory over Suto.

On December 1 last year, Tynanes made his second fight against a huge MMA icon in the Philippines in Eduard “Landslide” Folayang at URCC 22 “Dekada” in the Philippines. Tynanes was surely the underdog heading to that fight. Tynanes as usual, used his wrestling skills to take Folayang down then connecting some vicious elbows on the Filipino fighter, which later on resulted in some of the worst cuts Folayang has ever sustained in a fight. Even though Folayang said he can still fight despite of the cut, the Doctor stopped the contest to save Folayang from further damage against the Hawaiian. Tynanes won via 1st rd. TKO (Doctor Stoppage). Tynanes became an instant celebrity in Asian MMA with his win over Folayang and became one of the feared lightweight fighters in the business.

Tynanes made his One FC debut against the South African Muay Thai specialist, Vuyisile Colossa at ‘Return of Warriors’. That fight with Colossa is no doubt, the hardest fight of Tynanes’ career as he was tagged by Colossa numerous times and yet he came back with his own takedwons and superb ground control. In the third round, Tynanes’ mastery on the ground became a huge factor for that fight as he submitted Colossa via rear-naked-choke in the 4:37 mark.

After a win over Colossa, Tynanes captured the KOTC lightweight title against Kris Armbrister on April 11, 2013, via Arm-Triangle Choke.

There’s no doubt that Tynanes is an extraordinary fighter with a world-clas skills. As a One FC fighter, Tynanes looks to run for the lightweight title this year, which is currently owned by Japanese MMA sensastion, Shinya Aoki. Tynanes looks to stay unbeaten when he takes on a super tough fighter in Felipe Enomoto on May 31st in the Philippines.

Felipe Enomoto is super motivated to get back to the winning column. The Swiss fighter is currently on a two-fight losing streak against Zorobabel Moreira and Eduard Folayang. He is currently trains at Enomoto Dojo back in Zurich, Switzerland, with his brother, Yasubey.

Enomoto is going up against the current KOTC champ and the fighter who owns a victories over two of the best lightweights in Asia, Folayang and Colossa. This is an important fight for Enomoto, it is do or die situation for him.

Folayang Talks About His Win Over Enomoto, His Next Fight And Why Belingon Lost To Kim

Faith is a strong human characteristic that helps individuals through the countless trials life puts in front of them. Appearing in many forms faith has given many people including fighters a positive outlook on the rocky travels toward their goals.

Sponsored by a strong religious belief, faith has become a great asset for the Filipino MMA icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang. Despite experiencing his own share of turbulence his positive assurance through it all has kept the 27-year-old grounded allowing him to see the many blessings life has offered him.

With a strong Christian upbringing combined with valuable life lessons from his parents these values would provide as a guiding navigation tool in Eduard’s days as a youth through his conversion into adulthood. The instruction would pay off handsomely in his sails as a teenager where he gained various accolades in his college athletics.

With his exceptional work ethic and superb striking, Folayang brought the Filipino MMA into a whole new level. His recent win over a highly decorated fighter Felipe Enomoto has brought him back to his winning ways.

Although his opponent is yet to be announced, Folayang is already back in the gym as he prepares for his up coming fight on November 17 in URCC 22.

MMA Orient: Before we start this interview, we at MMA Orient congratulate you for your impressive win against Felipe Enomoto at ONE FC 5. What do you think of that imipressive win of yours in front of thousands of Filipinos who watched that fight?

Eduard:

Thanks for the privilage to be interviewed. I think my prayer and preparations had helped me a lot to win that fight, with the help of my coach, trainers, teammates and the motivation of those people who believed in us and of course the divine provision of my Lord Jesus.

MMA Orient: A lot of fans cheered for you that night. Does fighting in front of your countrymen make you more confident?

Eduard:

It makes you confident and nervous! (Laughs)

MMA Orient: You definitely outworked him in the first and second round. You gave your all to knock him out. But in the third round, it seemed like you slowed down a little bit and Enomoto knew it that’s why he connected some solid kicks and punches to you. Did you started to get tired in the third round?

Eduard:

Well, Enomoto is a good fighter and I think he just gave his best in the third round, that’s why he became more aggressive.

MMA Orient: Right after the fight, Victor Cui went up to the cage and announced that you’ll be fighting for the title on October 6for the ONE FC lightweight belt. But after a week, news starting to come out about you being not able to compete at ONE FC 6 ‘Rise of Kings’ because you are scheduled to fight on URCC’s tenth anniversary on November. Now, For the sake of your fans who are quite confused about the situation, we would like to hear it straight from you, are you still going to fight for the title in Singapore next month in ONE FC 6 or you will be fighting in URCC on November?

Eduard:

It will be better for me to fight in URCC on November due to the amount of time to prepare for it. It is good to fight Zoro for the title but we need to consider recovery and burn out.

MMA Orient: So this simply meant that you’ll not be making your appearance in ONE FC 6 ‘Rise of Kings’?

Eduard:

I don’t know yet if I will be there watching.

MMA Orient: You know what is right for your career and I’m sure that your fans will always be there for you no matter what decision you make. So did the URCC told you on who will be your next opponent for their November event?

Eduard:

My opponent is yet to be announced.

MMA Orient: I’m sure your supporters cannot wait to know who will be your next foe. Let’s go back on your last fight against Enomoto. Despite of your impressive win against him, in your opinion, what part of your game you still need to work on?

Eduard:

I’m working a lot on my grappling and also with my striking, if there’s something to work on, it will be on the whole area because MMA is not just on one area.

MMA Orient: Team Lakay fighters are making huge wins recently in local and as well as in international scene. What do you think is the key on why your team is very successful?

Eduard:

Hardwork, discipline and faith.

MMA Orient: You are obviously an MMA icon in the Philippines. Everybody wants to get a picture with you and you have been in the news headlines in the past weeks. Did you ever think that your MMA career will go as far as this?

Eduard: 

My dream is to become a great fighter not a famous fighter; and as I continue to walk in this journey, there are still a lot of mountains to climb and I’m on my way there.

MMA Orient: You are indeed on your way there. Did you already started training in preparation for URCC 22 on November 17th?

Eduard:

I’m still helping Kevin and Honorio on their preparation, that’s why my training is continuous.

MMA Orient: Good to hear that. Speaking of Kevin, what do you think went wrong in his recent defeat aginst Kim? Because when take a look at the video, it is obvious that Kevin was very dangerous on his feet and Kim knows that, that is why early in the fight, he already implemented his gameplan and took Kevin down which repeatedly did until the third round.

Eduard:

Kim went there with a gameplan and he focused on that. Kevin suffered a cut two weeks prior to that fight which prevented him to train his ground and wrestling skills. I think that pulls Kevin’s focus on the ground game.

MMA Orient: You’ve been fighting in MMA for five years now. This sport is obviously harder than Sanshou. You’re a multiple Asian games medalist and SEA games gold medalist. What are your family have to say about you fighting professionally in MMA?

Eduard:

My family is very supportive in my career and they are always there to motivate and pray for me.

MMA Orient: Are you still going to compete in Sanshou?

Eduard:

For now, my focus is in MMA.

MMA Orient: It seems like being a fighter runs in your family. Mark Eddiva is your cousin, he is a very talented kid who is also an accomplished sanshou fighter like you and he has an undefeated record in MMA. When is he fighting again inside the cage?

Eduard:

I don’t know when will Mark be fighting in MMA again. I believe in his capabilities to be a great fighter.

MMA Orient: What is your ultimate goal in your fighting career?

Eduard:

To glorify my Lord Jesus Christ.

MMA Orient: What do you love to do aside from fighting?

Eduard:

Hiking, fellowship with my friends and watching movies.

MMA Orient: Have you ever been through hard time cutting down to 155 lbs.?

Eduard:

It’s hard to cut weight but I managed it well.

MMA Orient: From all the guys that you already defeated, who do you think is the toughest among them?

Eduard:

Everyone has their own toughness in different area and they gave me lessons to learn.

MMA Orient: Any people/sponsors you would like to thank?

Eduard:

I thank you for this interview. I would like to thank tomy sponsors who supported me on my last fight; Hayabusa, Loco Frio, Havokk Clothing, Infotxt, ON Supplement and Bagsan’s Law Office.

Also, thanks to our coach, Mark Sangiao, trainers, Julio Agalateo and Allen Gonzalez, to URCC president, Alvin Aguilar who helped me in my ground game, my teammates who are very supportive in Team Lakay, to my brethren and family and to all my countrymen who believes in us.

Eduard “Landslide” Folayang pre-fight interview

Filipino MMA icon, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will try to get back to his winning ways against a dangerous fighter in Felipe Enomoto in front of his hometown crowd in the Philippines.

Folayang is coming off from a split decision loss to his fellow Filipino fighter, Ole Laursen  at ONE FC 3 – War of the Lions on March 31, 2012 in Singapore. Folayang promised that he will give his best performance for this fight because he doesn’t want to disappoint his fans and aims to start a new win streak by beating Felipe Enomoto.

3 Big match-ups we want to see at ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation

ONE Fighting Championship announced earlier that some of the biggest names in the sport will compete in their fifth installment in Manila.

There are few gigantic match-ups that has been already confirmed by ONE FC; Jens “little evil” Pulver vs. Eric “The Natural” Kelly, Soa “The Hulk” Palelei vs. Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski, Gustavo Falciroli vs. Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes and Gregor Gracie vs. Nicholas Mann. But despite of these exciting bouts, I am pretty sure that you guys are pumped to know the full fight card for this gigantic event. But Victor Cui said during the presser that the full fight card is yet to be announced in the coming weeks.

I know a lot of ONE FC fans have their own dream matches for this event. That’s why I asked some hardcore ONE FC fans on what are those match-ups they want to see on August 31st.

I got three match-ups who garnered a bunch of votes from ONE FC fans. I hope Victor Cui will give the fans what they want.

Shinya Aoki vs. Jorge Masvidal

Shinya Aoki doesn’t need an introduction anymore because he already has this popularity that is bigger than any other MMA fighters in Asia.

Aoki has been the face of JMMA and Asian MMA as a whole. Whenever this guy is in the cage, he never fails to bring it; that’s why this guy has a tremendous fan base around the globe. We want to see this freak of nature go up against Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal.

Masvidal is a Strikforce lightweight fighter who trains at American Top Team. Masvidal’s record includes notable wins over Yves Edwards, Joe Lauzon, Satoru Kitaoka, Ryan Schultz, Billy Evangelista and K.J. Noons.

Gamebred has been fighting for almost 10 years now and proved that he belongs to the top 155 fighters in the world. Masvidal possess a heavy hands and an unbelievable cardio. He just recently won his fight via split decision against Justin Wilcox in Strikeforce – Rockhold vs. Kennedy last July 14th, 2012.

Masvidal has a perfect style on giving Aoki a headache; so if this fight happens, it will surely bring fireworks on August 31st in Manila.

Eduard Folayang vs Felipe Enomoto

Speaking of fireworks, we want to see two of the most talented lightweights in Asia today go up against each other. Folayang vs Enomoto will be one of those match-ups that will surely bring the Filipino fans up on their seats.

Folayang is an MMA icon in the Philippines, a very accomplished Sanshou fighter who loves to utilize heavy leg kicks and punches to his opponents. Folayang is widely considered as the no. 1 lightweight fighter in the Philippines to date. He is also one of those Filipino fighters who brought the Philippine MMA into a whole new level.

Eduard is willing to fight whoever ONE FC puts in front of him.

Ellenberger’s ground game is quite different, he does have submissions as a part of his arsenal, he would prefer to keep the fight standing.

If this fight will happen, Felipe Enomoto will have a slight reach and height advantage over the Filipino fighter. We have already seen how dangerous this guy is on the ground when he submitted Ole Laursen at ONE FC 3: War of the Lions in Indonesia.

These two warriors obviously got some differences on their styles, but both of them have one thing in common; both of them got a heart of a champion which I think, the most important recipe for an explosive and thrilling fight.

It will surely be a heck of a fight!

Mark “Mugen” Striegl vs. Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson

Striegl and Chilson are arguably two of the best good looking guys in the business today. They possess a charisma that never fails to attract female fans. In other words, these two fighters got swag on them. No doubt about it (no homo).

Anyway, I want to see this fight happen because I know that both men are always looking to put on a good show and loves to finish their opponents as quick as possible.

Striegl is undoubtedly one of the fastest rising featherweight prospect in Asia. The Filipino-American Striegl has an unblemished MMA record of 10-0 (8 by submissions and 2 by decisions). Striegl looked very sharp in his recent fight against Alcer Lozada in URCC 21 last April 28, 2012, submitting Lozada in the first round via rear naked choke.

Mitch Chilson is an accomplished Muay Thai fighter and is a certified Muay Thai instructor under Kru Yodtong Senan, 1 of only 7 non-Thai instructors in the world.

Chilson is coming off from a very impressive win over Striegl’s teammate, Aj Vaa in ONE FC 4: Destiny of Warrios. Chilson showcased his BJJ skills by submitting Vaa via 1st round submission (RNC), making his record improved to 3-1.

I think Striegl has never faced a high caliber striker like Chilson and as for the Evolve Fight Team warrior, I think he never faced a guy as versatile as Striegl.

UFC is heading to Macau this November, so If ONE FC doesn’t make a move on Striegl, maybe we will likely see him making his debut on November in the biggest MMA promotion in the world.

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One FC 3: Moreira submits Enomoto in the 3rd round, Kawajiri continues his win streak, Laursen defeats Folayang

Zorobabel Moreira submits Felipe Enomoto

War of the Lions thrilled a sold-out 8,000 seater Singapore Indoor Stadium tonight with non-stop excitement and surprises. The crowd was completely blown away in what proved to be one of the most historic and highly electrifying nights in the history of Asian mixed martial arts (MMA). The highlight of the show came from an impressive win by Brazil’s Zorobabel Moreira during the Main Event fight against Japan’s Felipe Enomoto.

Moreira showed why he is rated as one of the best lightweight prospects in the world by submitting Enomoto in the second round of their fight with an armbar. The Japanese fighter was coming off a spectacular win over Ole Laursen last month but this time around, he just came up short and was beaten. With this win, Moreira’s record improves to 6-1 and in the true spirit of sportsmanship; he saluted his opponent afterwards for putting up such a good fight.

Zorobabel Moreira, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion said, “I did one kick and he fell down so I had the opportunity to go for an armbar and I got it. My opponent is very tough, he is a strong guy, but I trained very hard for this fight with my team at Evolve MMA and I am so happy. It was great to see so many fans cheering for me, Singapore is great.”

 Another one of the most anticipated fights of the night featured Ole Laursen and Eduard Folayang in an amazing showdown that got the entire crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on the edge of their seats for an entire 15 minutes. It could have gone either way with both fighters appearing to be in control at various stages in the fight, but in the end, the judges awarded the win to Laursen by split decision. The result was met with immediate calls by the crowd for a rematch between these two phenomenal fighters from the Philippines.

Ole getting his hand raised against Folayang

Earlier in the night, Japanese fighters Tatsuya Kawajiri and Masakazu Imanari proved their supremacy in their respective weight classes when they each won by first round submissions. However, the remaining Japanese fighters on tonight’s card were not able to clinch similar victories. DEEP Welterweight Champion Yuya Shirai lost to Brazil’s Fabricio Monteiro who had not had a bout since retiring in 2009. Monteiro made an amazing comeback at ONE FC: War of the Lions by unanimous decision at the end of a close fight.

The only disappointment of the evening was the fight between Holland’s Melvin Manhoef against Japan’s Yoshiyuki Nakanishi. The fight had to be ruled a No Contest after the Dutch K-1 veteran sustained a huge gash on his shin which required immediate medical attention. Manhoef was determined to fight on but the doctors ruled that he could not continue due to the severity of the accidental injury.

It was an absolutely wonderful night for host nation fighters Nicole Chua and Quek Kim Hock. Nicole Chua is Singapore’s first female professional MMA fighter and she won in her debut fight this evening against Jeet Toshi, a 7-time National Kickboxing Champion from India. The pint-sized Singaporean girl won in the first round by a rear naked choke having just had less than a year’s experience training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Quek Kim Hock also won by rear naked choke against his American opponent Major Overall who put up quite a spirited challenge but eventually lost in the second round.

The very first Singaporean female mma fighter, Nichole Chua throwing some heavy shots to her opponent.

CEO and Owner of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui said, “This was the best show we’ve had yet. The fights were fantastic from start to finish, the stadium was packed and the crowd loved it so I can’t ask for more than that. The growth of MMA in the region has been astounding and I am so proud of how far we’ve come in just a matter of months. I can’t wait for these fights to be shown to 24 Asian countries by ESPN Star Sports next month because people are going to absolutely love them.”

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