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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Check out the One FC 8 ‘Kings and Champions’ Fight Card

Photo by Esther Lin

Photo by Esther Lin

One FC returns to its home turf for their eight installment dubbed as ‘Kings and Champions’ on April 5th at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, which will feature 10 very exciting and intriguing MMA match-ups.

The said event will showcase a lightweight championship fight between two of Japanese MMA’s superstars, Kotetsu Boku, the current One FC 155 lbs. champ will make his first title defense against a crafty submission artist from Evolve MMA, Shinya Aoki.

Also, One FC ‘Kings and Champions’ will showcase the semi-finals of the Bantamweight Grand Prix with four fighters aims to advance into the final round as Filipino MMA star Kevin Belingon of Team Lakay battles Thanh Vu, former UFC lightweight champion, Jens Pulver faces a dangerous fighter in Masakatsu Ueda.

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One of the most powerful strikers in the fight business today, Melvin Manhoef returns to the One FC cage to take on one of the best underrated grapplers in MMA today, Brock Larson.

Here’s the complete fight card for One FC 8 ‘Kings and Champions’

one fc 'kings and champions' fight cardFor the latest updates, visit ONEFC.Com

 

Melvin Manhoef Versus Brack Larson Added To One FC ‘Kings and Champions’ On April In Singapore

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One of the deadliest strikers in the business today will face a submission wizard on 5 April 2013 in Singapore as Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (27-9-1-1) takes on Brock Larson (36-7) in One FC ‘Kings and Champions’.

Manhoef doesn’t need any further introduction as he is known for his devastating power. He is a poster boy for annihilation and a true knock our artist. Manhoef has faced and beaten some of the greatest fighters in the business today and established himself as one the most respected fighters in the fight business today. This guy is a nightmare for anybody in his division; he can put you to sleep in any moment in a fight or worse, he can send you straight to the hospital.

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Meanwhile, Larson is a veteran of 43 professional fights. He is a UFC veteran and he loves to break somebody’s arm and put his opponent to sleep by choking them out. His name might not be as big as Manhoef, but his record will show you that he can stop a fighter as good as Manhoef. Let’s see if Larson can take Manhoef down before he gets knocked out.

Headlining One FC ‘Kings and Champions’ is a lightweight bout between two of Japan’s well-known MMA as the always dangerous Shinya Aoki will challenge the crafty striker Kotetsu Boku for his One FC lightweight belt.

Also, Jens Pulver takes on Masakatsu Ueda and Kevin Belingon versus Thanh Vu are set for the Bantamweight Grand Prix semi-finals.

Another lightweight bout is set to make the fire up the crowd as the always entertaining French fighter, Arnaud “The Game” Lepont battles crowd favorite, Eddie “The Magician” Ng.

Two top bantamweight fighters will try to get back to their winning ways when Evolve MMA’s Leandro “Brodinho” Issa squares off with Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev.

Leandro is coming off a very discouraging loss against the current One FC bantamweight champion, Soo Chul King at One FC 6 in October, while Saadulaev got his first TKO loss at the hands of Filipino MMA star Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon in October as well.

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

One FC 8 – ‘Kings & Champions’ Trailer

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One FC ‘Kings & Champions’ is set on April 5th, 2013 at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore as Kotetsu “No Face” Boku, a fighter who knocks out Zoro Moreira at One FC 6, will defend his lightweight title against a submission monster, and a team mate of Moreira, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.

Aoki’s last fight shows that he is more than ready to face Boku for the One FC lightweight title when he stopped Antonio Mckee in the second round via strikes at Dream 18.

Meanwhile, Boku stated in an interview that he’ll fight anyone and he ain’t scared of Aoki and he is ready to defend his lightweight title against a fellow Japanese fighter.

Aside from the lightweight championship bout between Boku and Aoki, another explosive lightweights will try to bring themselves closer to the title contention as the very entertaining and exciting fighter from France, Arnaud “The Game” Lepont, battles super heavy-handed Eddie “The Magician” Ng.

ONE FC 6 ‘Rise of Kings’ Weigh-In Photo Gallery Pt. 2

ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS will be available on Pay-Per-View in the United States on 6 October at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on iN DEMAND, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV and DISH for a suggested retail price of US$29.95.

Fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.com/livestream. The first two 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 Fighting Championship Will Once Again Make History On October 6th In Singapore!

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!

Tickets are selling out fast at www.SISTIC.com.sg  Global MMA fans can catch all the action LIVE fromwww.ONEFC.com/livestream.

Shooto champ Kotetsu Boku will fight Zorobabel Moreira for the inaugural ONE FC lightweight title

ONE Fighting Championship just announced that Shooto champion Kotetsu “The Korean Tiger” Boku (18-6) will make his ONE FC debut against Zorobabel Moreira for the first-ever lightweight championship.

The 35-year-old Japanese is known for his incredible cardio, exciting fighting style and punching power. He has a noteable wins over Hermes Franca, Yutaka Ueda and Shin Kochiwa.

He has mostly fought in Shooto, where he was the Lightweight Champion, but also in DREAM, Cage Force and K-1 Hero’s. He is nicknamed “The Korean Tiger” because of his Korean heritage, and he has a tiger tattooed on his torso.

He’ll fight for the title on October 6, 2012 at ONE FC ‘Rise of Kings’ against a very dangerous Brazilian, Zorobabel “Zoro” Moreira. We all know that Moreira have evolved into a much complete fighter with a polished muay thai skills to add in his arsenal.

It will be a very interesting fight between a very game Japanese warrior versus a surging Brazilian fighter.

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