Aoki vs. Folayang, Gafurov vs.Jadamba 2 are set on November 11 at One Championship – Defending Honor!

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Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization is set to feature two intriguing championship fights on November 11, 2016 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui, stated: “2016 has been an amazing year for ONE Championship. After meeting with the biggest names in the industry at the Asia MMA Summit, we are proud to announce a spectacular fight card set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium this November. We are going in with two world title fights that will set the ONE Championship cage ablaze with world-class MMA action and excitement, along with a series of really solid supporting bouts.”

Headlining the said card is a duel between Japanese MMA superstar, the current One Championship Lightweight king, Shinya Aoki, and top Filipino 155 pounder in Eduard Folayang.

Aoki is no stranger to MMA fans around the world. The Shizuoka native is known for his grappling prowess and colorful character inside and outside the cage.

“Tobikan Judan” has not been beaten since October of 2012 and has only gone the distance twice in his One Championship career. He is riding a nine-fight winning streak including his first-round RNC win against former UFC fighter Kamal Shalorus and a unanimous decision victory over former Legend Fighting Championship’s Lightweight champion Koji Ando.

After defeating Ando to become the One Championship lightweight champion last May 2015, Aoki then submitted the legendary Japanese MMA icon Kazushi Sakuraba at Rizin Fighting Federation last December 2015.

On November 11, Aoki will defend his title for the first time against the highly-talented Filipino fighter in Eduard Folayang.

Team Lakay’s Folayang has been in the business for nine years and it seems like he is not done yet; not until he becomes the One Championship 155 lbs. title holder.

The Baguio-based Wushu Sanshou champion and the former URCC Welterweight king has been through ups and downs on his One Championship career.  He is 6-3 inside the One Championship cage with remarkable wins over Felipe Enomoto, Vincent Latoel, Kotetsu Boku, and Adrian Pang.

The former high school teacher is preparing himself for the biggest fight of his career so far in Aoki.

Folayang’s striking abilities has been the key for his recent wins, but he is that type of fighter who works hard every day to improve other aspects of his game. He does not slow down and he makes sure that fans will see a much-improved fighter every time he steps inside the cage.

“The Landslide” proved in his recent fights that he has upgraded his game, especially when it comes to the wrestling department which in the past years has been the biggest hole in his game.

Can Folayang stop Aoki’s win streak? Or will the Japanese continues to dominate everyone in his division?  Questions will be answered on November 11 when these two great athletes lock horns inside the One Championship cage.

Another championship fight is going down in Singapore on November 11 as Russian submission phenom Marat “Cobra” Gafurov takes on a familiar foe in Jadamba Narantungalag for the second time around.

Gafurov and Narantungalag first meeting was in November of 2015 when the Russian was the challenger. It was a back-and-forth action between the two warriors until Gafurov saw an opportunity to make the Mongolian tap in the fourth round by way of rear-naked-choke.

Since losing his title to Gafurov in November 2015, Narantungalag piled up two impressive wins against Kotetsu Boku and Eric Kelly which gave him the ticket to face the current champion next month in Singapore.

Two fighters will try to get back on the winning track as Adrian “The Hunter” Pang meets Eddie “The Magician” Ng in a fireworks-guaranteed lightweight fight.

Here is the partial fight card for One Championship: Defending Honor

Lightweight Championship: Shinya Aoki vs. Eduard Folayang

Featherweight Championship: Marat Gafurov vs. Jadamba Narantungalag

Eddie Ng vs. Adrian Pang

Timofey Natsyukhin vs. Kotetsu Boku

Samir Mrabet vs. Amir Khan

Mona Samir vs. Michelle Nicolini

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Agustin Delarmino Jr. Looks To Become The First-Ever Filipino Legend FC Champion This Saturday In Malaysia

photo by legendfc.com

photo by legendfc.com

Legend Fighting Championship 11 will feature three world-class MMA championships including an explosive and the much anticipated bantamweight championship match-up between two of the most decorated fighters in Asia today as Filipino striking specialist Agustin Delarmino Jr (6-2). takes on a submission artist in Ji Xian (10-2) on Saturday, April 27, in Chin Woo Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Agustin “Demolisher” Delarmino possesses great timing, excellent cardio and very heavy punches. Agustin is arguably the most powerful bantamweight in Legend FC roster today as he is capable of sending his opponent to dreamland in a single blow.

Just like other Filipino fighters, Agustin’s ground game is his weakness. His last fight shows Delarmino’s lack of knowledge in the grappling department played a big role in his submission loss against Yao Honggang. But with the help of their wrestling coach at Full Contact International by Team USA, who is the former coach of the Iranian national wrestling team, expect a more deadly Agustin Delarmino tomorrow night against Ji Xian as he looks to make history as the first-ever Filipino Legend FC champion.

Defeating the super talented fighter in Xian would be a tough task for the Filipino fighter, but his never-say-die attitude and his power could be his biggest advantage over the surging Chinese fighter.

Legend FC 11 will be headlined by a lightweight championship fight between Koji “The Commander” Ando and the champion, Jadamba Narantungalag.

Also, another championship fight is set for LFC 11 as China Top Team’s Li Jiangliang looks to finally wear the belt he failed to get when he fought the former champ Bae Myung Ho at LFC 7 last year as he takes on well-rounded Kiwi fighter in Luke Jumeau for the LFC welterweight belt.

With Legend Fighting Championship broadcast by AXN in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia, and sydicated across a total of 152 countries via 22 broadcast partners, a global MMA audience of over 279 million homes will have their eyes on Malaysia at the end of April.

Home-grown fighters, Muhammad Hanif bin Zainal and Sam Chan – both seasoned Legend 11 fighters, will look to make the country proud in their respective weight classes.

Another talented Filipino fighter will make his return inside the Legend FC ring on April 27th as world-class striker, Jazor “The Razor” Ablasi takes on Team M.A.D’s own, Jo Nam Jin.

Click HERE to view LFC 11 fight card.

Check out legendfc.com for the latest updates.

Legend FC 11 Is All Set To Showcase 3 Championship Fights And 9 Explosive Under Card Scraps

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Fight fans are in for a treat as one of Asia’s most exciting MMA promotion, Legend Fighting Championship, will have their eleventh show for the first time at Chinwoo Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with three championship fights and nine jaw-dropping match-ups that will surely make the fans go crazy.

After seven months of silence, LFC is finally back to showcase world-class MMA fights that will surely entertain millions of fans around the world.

Headlining Legend FC 11 is a lightweight championship fight between the ultra-tough champ Jadamba Narantungalag (8-2) and the massive Japanese fighter in Koji “The Commander” Ando (7-3-2).

Jadamba is physically gifted athlete, a very strong human being with incredible endurance, and a quite lengthy name. The 37-year-old Jadamba is currently riding an impressive 8-fight win streak and aims to extend it when takes on an equally talented fighter from Japan, Koji Ando.

At 28 years old, Ando is on the right timing to become an MMA champion. The Tokyo native plans to keep the Legend FC fans impressed as he tries to dethrone Jadamba on April 27th in Malaysia.

Another championship bout is scheduled between two of the best bantamweights in Asia-Pacific collides for the vacant Legend FC bantamweight title as Chinese submission specialist, Ji Xian (10-2) takes on heavy-handed Filipino fighter, Agustin Delarmino, Jr (6-2).

Xian is widely considered as one of China’s best MMA fighter today, who compiled 10 submission wins with only 2 defeats in his pro MMA career. He looks to slay another Team FCI fighter when he scraps with the Filipino slugger.

One advantage Agustin brings to this fight aside from his punching power would be his experience. He already knows what the atmosphere is like fighting a highly skilled fighter when he fought a world-class fighter and the former LFC bantamweight champ, Yao Honggang at LFC 9. Although the outcome of that fight didn’t go as planned, Agustin learned from it and will not commit the same mistake when he face Ji Xian on April 27. Xian defeated Agustin’s older brother Leonard and teammate Ruel Catalan, so this fight gives Delarmino, Jr. an extra motivation to get the W not only for the belt at stake, but also for his brother and teammate.

Speaking of motivation, two inspired and hungry welterweights will battle it out to become the new Legend FC welterweight king as China Top Team’s Li Jingliang (7-2) will slug it out against New Zealand’s Luke Jumeau (4-1).

This is a clash of the two most electrifying welterweights in Legend FC. Both Li and Jumeau are explosive fighters with an impressive all around game in their arsenal. Both guys loves to trade punches and if you commit a mistake, they will capitalize on it and they will surely make the most out of that mistake; next thing you know you are being interviewed by a ring physician or hugging a pillow because both guys has the capability to put you to sleep.

Li versus Jumeau is one of the most anticipated bouts of the night because fight fans around the world knows that these two warriors are insanely talented and powerful freak of nature.

With Legend Fighting Championship broadcast by AXN in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia, and sydicated across a total of 152 countries via 22 broadcast partners, a global MMA audience of over 279 million homes will have their eyes on Malaysia at the end of April.

Home-grown fighters, Muhammad Hanif bin Zainal and Sam Chan – both seasoned Legend 11 fighters, will look to make the country proud in their respective weight classes.

Another talented Filipino fighter will make his return inside the Legend FC ring on April 27th as world-class striker, Jazor “The Razor” Ablasi takes on Team M.A.D’s own, Jo Nam Jin.

Click HERE to view LFC 11 fight card.

Check out legendfc.com for the latest updates.

The show must go on for Legend Fighting Championship 8

Regardless of having the toughest week of the organization, Legend Fighting Championship’s 8th installment will push through even though its card was plagued by injuries and controversies.

Here’s a press release from Legendfc.com

JADAMBA TO DEFEND LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE IN HONG KONG AT LEGEND 8

Japan’s Yusuke Kawanago to face China’s Ji Xian for the featherweight title

Hong Kong, March 15, 2012 (Thursday) — Legend Fighting Championship returns to Hong Kong for City of Dreams exclusively presents LEGEND 8, with Mongolian Jadamba making his first Legend lightweight title defense against challenger Nam Yui Chul of South Korea at the AsiaWorld-Expo on March 30.

Jadamba (1-0 Legend, 7-2 overall), who is ranked as one of the top 20 lightweight fighters in the world, won the Legend lightweight title with a split decision victory over Australia’s Adrian Pang at LEGEND 6 in October 2011 at the City of Dreams, Macau.  In his first title defense, he will match his precision striking against Legend veteran and fan favorite Nam (1-1-1 Legend, 13-3-1 overall), the former Spirit MC welterweight champion who now fights as a lightweight.

In the co-main event, Yusuke Kawanago of Japan (1-1 Legend, 8-3-1 overall) will face China’s Ji Xian (1-0 Legend, 7-0 overall) for the Legend featherweight title. Kawanago is known for his aggressive counter-striking style and is one of the hottest featherweight prospects in Japan. Half of his victories have come by knockout. The undefeated Ji has a sanda background but has also developed a reputation as one of China’s best grapplers. All seven of his victories have come by way of first-round submission. The winner of this matchup will make his first defense of the featherweight title against Fransino Tirta* at LEGEND 10 in Jakarta in July.

“To have Legend back in Hong Kong, the place of its genesis, after more than a year is a great feeling,” said Michael Haskamp, Legend co-founder and managing director. “This is one of our best fight cards yet. Jadamba and Nam are two of the region’s most exciting fighters, and the Kawanago-Ji match-up pits a phenomenal striker against an outstanding grappler with world-class submission skills.”

Legend 8 will include four undercard fights and six main card fights. Doors to the AsiaWorld-Expo will open at 6:30 p.m. and the first undercard fight will begin at 7 p.m. The main card will begin at 9 p.m. (all times HKT)

Tickets are priced at HK$680, HK$480, and HK$280 and will go on sale on Friday, March 16, at HK Ticketing (www.hkticketing.com). Please visitwww.legendfc.com for more information.

LEGEND 8 will also be broadcast in 10 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific and North America. For more information, please visit www.legendfc.com.

LEGEND 9 will be held at the City of Dreams, Macau, on June 16, and LEGEND 10 will be held in Jakarta in July, with a date to be announced in the coming days.

*Fransino Tirta had originally been slated to headline LEGEND 8 in Jakarta, Indonesia, but had to withdraw after an emergency appendectomy on March 9. With Legend committed to giving Tirta the opportunity to be the first Indonesian to fight for an international MMA championship in his home country, Legend decided to move LEGEND 8 to Hong Kong. After his recovery, Tirta will have the chance to fight in front of his home audience when he challenges for the featherweight title at LEGEND 10 in Jakarta in July.

About Legend Fighting Championship

Legend Fighting Championship (Legend) is the Asia-Pacific championship of mixed martial arts (MMA).  Legend invites champion mixed martial artists from throughout the region to compete in a freestyle tournament using interdisciplinary skills, including sanda, jiujitsu, muay thai, boxing and wrestling. All Legend fights are supervised matches under a strict set of rules designed to promote athlete safety and sportsmanship.  Legend is committed to promoting the sport of mixed martial arts in the Asia-Pacific, to supporting and cultivating its athletes, and to providing exceptional entertainment to a broad audience.

Based in Hong Kong, Legend is backed by CA Media, the Asia-Pacific investment vehicle of the Chernin Group, and Diamond Ridge Ventures.

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