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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Shinya Aoki Dethrones Kotetsu Boku, Belingon and Ueda Will Face Each Other For The BW GP Finals

shinya5 April 2013 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization, wowed the sold-out crowd in attendance at Singapore Indoor Stadium with ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS. Fans were treated to a night of unforgettable action as ONE FC’s best battled inside the famed ONE FC cage.

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The ONE FC lightweight division crowned a new champion when Shinya Aoki submitted Kotetsu Boku in the second round of their championship bout. Aoki displayed superior grappling that knockout specialist Boku simply had no answer to. The finish came in round two when Shinya Aoki sunk in a rear naked choke that resulted in Boku tapping out and conceding his lightweight championship title.

In the co-main event of the evening, Brock Larson had to survive adversity to emerge victorious by unanimous decision. Melvin Manhoef nearly finished the fight in the first round with his signature kicks that clearly rocked Larson. Larson came back strong in the second round and ended the round with a tight armbar. Larson came on strong in the third round and neutralized Manhoef’s striking with superior grappling and relentless ground and pound. The judges unanimously awarded Larson the decision victory.

The packed Singapore Indoor Stadium also witnessed history as Kevin Belingon and Masakatsu Ueda earned wins in the prestigious ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix semi-finals and will face each other in the final. The winner of that bout will be guaranteed a future title shot.  Belingon dispatched of his opponent Thanh Vu with a relentless barrage of punches and kicks that led the referee to step in and stop the fight in round two.  Ueda also won in round two after he sank in a choke and the referee had no choice but to step in and stop the fight.

Official results for ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS:

Shinya Aoki defeats Kotetsu Boku by submission via rear naked choke at 4:04 minutes of round 2
Brock Larson defeats Melvin Manhoef by unanimous decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
Masakatsu Ueda defeats Jens Pulver by d’arce submission at 3:52 minutes of round 2
Kevin Belingon defeats Thanh Vu by referee stoppage due to strikes at 1:00 minutes of round 2
Eddie Ng defeats Arnaud Lepont by armbar submission at 4:45 minutes of round 2
Leandro Issa defeats Yusup Saadulaev  by decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
Alex Silva defeats Rene Catalan by armbar submission at 4:34  minutes of round 1
Bashir Ahmad defeats Shannon Wiratchai by decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
Jake Butler defeats Swain Cangco by  submission at 2:52 minutes of round 1
Chen Yun Ting defeats Ronald Low by referee stoppage due to strikes at 3:58 minutes of round 1

In case you missed the action, log on to ONEFC.LIVESPORT.TV for the full replay of the fights at only US $9.99.

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

Evolve MMA’s Video Blog Leading To One FC ‘Kings and Champions’

Asia’s #1 ranked professional fight team, is set to compete on ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s largest MMA organization, on April 5, 2013 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This video goes behind the scenes of the training camp for the Evolve Fight Team. Shinya Aoki, Eddie Ng, Leandro Issa, Jake Butler, and Alex Silva will be heading into the biggest fights of their careers.

 

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.

Tatsuya Kawajiri Faces Michihiro Omigawa For Dream/Glory’s Year-End Event

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Another exciting match-up has been added to DREAM /GLORY’s co-promoted year-end event as former UFC featherweight fighter Michihiro “Michi” Omigawa (13-12-1) will go up against Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri (31-7-2).

The bout will be added to the DREAM.18 portion of the night’s card, which already includes the likes of Shinya Aoki vs. Antonio McKee , Melvin Manhoef vs. Denis Kang , Bibiano Fernandes vs. Yoshiro Maeda , and Hayato ‘Mach’ Sakurai vs. Phil Baroni .

Omigawa’s UFC career has been a nightmare for him and his fans. He went 1-4 inside the octagon and seemed like he lost his focus and intensity while being signed by the biggest promotion in the world. The 36-year-old Omigawa will try to end his two-fight losing skid when he takes on a very dangerous fighter in Kawajiri.

Kawajiri, on the other hand, is on a four-fight winning streak, crushing all of his opponent in an impressive fashion. Kawajiri comes to this fight with lots of confidence behind him and looks to stay add Omigawa to his list of victims on December 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.