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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Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia Set To Face Tony Johnson Jr. At ONE FC ‘Rise to Power’

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Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia (31-8-1) is coming back to Manila for the second time as he faces heavy-handed fighter Tony Johnson Jr. (6-1) at One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on May 31st, 2013. Although the fight has not been officially announced yet by the One FC officials, reliable sources close to both fighters told us that the fight is already a done deal.

Sylvia made his One FC debut at One FC 5 ‘Pride of a Nation’ last August in the Philippines against a very familiar foe in Andre “The Pitbull” Arlovski for the fourth time. The fight between Sylvia and Arlovski ended in a no-contest due to an illegal soccer kick by Arlovski. According to One FC rules, soccer kicks are legal only if the referee clears the fighter to do so after determining the grounded fighter can still intelligently defend himself. Arlvoski received no such clearance, the kick was deemed illegal.  Fight fans were very disappointed that night with the decision. But despite of the very unfortunate result, both warriors ended up showing some respect to each other by shaking each other’s hands.

The two-time UFC heavyweight champion, Sylvia, looks to cement his first-ever win inside the One FC cage in front of thousands of screaming Filipino fight fans on May 31st and aims to impress them by knocking out Tony Johnson Jr.

Tony Johnson Jr. is a fighter from Miami, Florida, with a 6-1 pro MMA career. He holds notable wins over Cedric James, Boban Simic, and Derrick Lewis. Johnson Jr.’s edge over Sylvia would be his endurance. He has four unanimous decision wins, one of those are a 5-round UD victory over Tony Lopez in KOTC back in March of 2010.

Though this is going to be Johnson Jr.’s first fight since June of 2011, he is pumped and ready to keep his winning streak alive when he lock horns with the veteran, Tim Sylvia.

One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ is the biggest and one of the most anticipated MMA events in the Philippines, with Filipino MMA champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario defending his world title against the Japanese Koji Oishi as the main event of the night, his teammates Eduard “Landslide” Folayang battles UFC vet Kamal Shalorous and Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen faces former UFC flyweight fighter Yasuhiro Urushitani. This fight card is no doubt, the biggest and most exciting fight card One FC has ever organized in the Philippines and arguably in whole Asia.

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Sylvia vs Arlovski 4 set for ONE FC 5 – Pride of a Nation!

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Will Arlovski even the score?

ONE FC – Pride of a Nation partial fight card

Main event: Sinya Aoki vs. TBA 

Bibiano Fernandes vs. Gustavo Falciroli

Eduard Folayang vs. Felipe Enomoto

Anderi Arlovksi vs. Tim Sylvia

Eric Kelly vs. Jens Pulver

Rolles Gravie vs. Tony Bonello

Igor Gracie vs. Jung Hwan Cha

Kevin Belingon vs. Soo Chul  Kim

Gregor Gracie vs. Nicholas Mann

Phil Baroni vs. Rodrigo Ribiero

Mitch Chilson vs. Shannon Wiratchai 

Andrew Benibe vs. Honorio Banario

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