Monday, July 18, 2011

This Is Kind of a Big Deal: One FC Posts Fight Card for First Event, "Champion Versus Champion"

One FC has been the talk of the town lately. The "champion"-themed promotion is positioning itself to be a threat in Asia and potentially on the international scene as well.

One FC issued a press release this evening, revealing the fight card for their inaugural event, planned for September 10. Every fighter on the card is or has held titles in their designated discipline. There are a few names very familiar to North American mixed martial arts -- Phil Baroni, Gregor Gracie, and Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

One FC will stage fights in all eight weight divisions (that includes flyweight). They have also recruited Bas Rutten to rock the mic at the commentator's table. Meanwhile, word has it that One will be implementing a mix of Pride and Unified Rules. That means plenty of soccer kicking and head stomping to go around!

Fighters from all over the world, representing a variety of fighting styles. Not to mention soccer kicks and head stomps! From the looks of it, One FC is the new hotness in MMA!

Hot off the press, the One FC press release is delivered after the break:

ONE Fighting Championship™ unveils CHAMPION versus CHAMPION
18 July, 2011 - Singapore

ONE Fighting Championship™, Asia's largest mixed martial arts organization in history, has unveiled its official fight card for ONE Fighting Championship 1 on September 3, 2011 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. With a media broadcast to over 500 million viewers, this event will feature 17 champions and some of Asia’s best martial artists in a historic event billed as CHAMPION versus CHAMPION: Asia’s Greatest Battle of Champions. ESPN StarSports and MediaCorp will broadcast the event across Asia. Additionally, other Asian media broadcast partners are expected for the event.

MAIN CARD
EDUARD FOLAYANG (155 lbs), Legacy Gym, URCC FC / Wushu Champion vs. OLE LAURSEN (155 lbs), Team Lakay, MCFC / Muay Thai World Champion

YOSHIYUKI YOSHIDA (170 lbs), Jackson’s MMA, Cage Force Champion/UFC Veteran vs. PHIL BARONI (170 lbs), American Kickboxing Academy, UFC and PRIDE FC Veteran

MITCH CHILSON (145 lbs) Evolve MMA, Muay Thai and MCFC Champion vs. ERIC KELLY (145 lbs) Yaw-Yan Ardigma, URCC FC Champion

GREGOR GRACIE (170 lbs), Team Renzo Gracie, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion vs. WANG SAI (170 lbs), China Top Team, Sanda Champion and AOW Veteran

ANDY WANG (155 lbs), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, The Ultimate Fighter Veteran vs. ZOROBABEL MOREIRA (155 lbs), Evolve MMA, Grappling Unlimited

UNDERCARD
RADEEM RAHMAN (125 lbs), Evolve MMA, Singapore’s 1st Pro MMA Fighter vs. SUSOVAN GHOSH (125 lbs), Tigers Gym, India Karate Champion

SOO CHUL KIM (135 lbs), Team Force, Risingon FC Champion vs. LEANDRO ISSA (135 lbs), Evolve MMA, BJJ World Champion/MCFC Champion

VUYISILE COLOSSA (155 lbs)Team Colossa, Muay Thai World Champion vs. WANG YA GI (155 lbs), Extreme Sanda, Sanshou Champion

DANIEL MASHAMAITE (135 lbs), Ultimate MMA, Muay Thai Champion vs. YODSANAN SITYODTONG (135 lbs), Evolve MMA, WBA Boxing World Champion

EDDIE NG (160 lbs Catchweight), Evolve MMA, Total Combat FC Champion vs. WU CHENGJIE (160 lbs Catchweight), Extreme Sanda, Sanda Champion

*Please note that the Fight Card may change at anytime due to various circumstances.

ONE Fighting Championship™ currently remains in confidential discussions with many of the top Asian fighters in Asia and is expected to make additional major announcements soon. It is the goal of ONE Fighting Championship to work with all the top Asian MMA event organizations, managers, and fighters in growing the sport of mixed martial arts together in Asia.

With MMA Legend Bas Rutten as anchor commentator, ONE Fighting Championship™ will feature a combination rule set of modified Pride Fighting Championship and Unified MMA rules. More details will be announced. Weight classes will be:

Heavyweight 265-206 lbs
Light Heavyweight 205-186 lbs
Middleweight 185-171 lbs
Welterweight 170-156 lbs
Lightweight 155-146 lbs
Bantamweight 145-136 lbs
Featherweight 135-126 lbs
Flyweight 125-119 lbs

Victor Cui, CEO/Owner of ONE Fighting Championship, said, ”ONE Fighting Championship 1 is an exciting, adrenaline-filled card, featuring some of the best Asian fighters and world champions. Elite champions in Muay Thai, Sanda, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sanshou, Karate, and other disciplines will showcase world-class athleticism, technique, and heart. It literally will be Asia’s Greatest Battle of Champions.”

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