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    ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

    Post  manschesthair_utd on Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:36 am

    Thought it was about time I made a thread about this. Very Happy



    For those who haven't heard of ONE FC; its a brand new (deep pocketed) MMA promotion based out of Singapore. Branded as
    "Champion vs Champion - Asia's greatest battle of champions"

    The first event is being held on 3rd September in Singapore national indoor stadium (12,000 seater).

    Some big names such as Cris Cyborg and Shinya Aoki have been linked to the promotion. The fighters currently signed to the huge roster are:

    -6x Muay Thai World Champion, Anuwat Kaewsamrit (Thailand)
    -Wushu and MCFC Champion, Eduard Folayang (Philippines)
    -Sanda World Champion, Bao Li Gao (China)
    -Spirit MC Champion, Kwang Hee Lee (Korea)
    -6x Muay Thai World Champion, Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn (Thailand)
    -Total Combat FC Champion, Eddie Ng (Hong Kong)
    -Malaysia Champion and XFC Champion, Adam Kayoom (Malaysia)
    -Sanda World Champion, Zhao Zhi Long (China)
    -BJJ World Champion, Zorobabel Moreira (Brazil/Singapore)
    -URCC FC Champion, Kevin Bellingon (Philippines)
    -WBA Boxing World Champion, Yodsanan Sityodtong (Thailand)
    -Muay Thai World Champion and K1 Veteran, Ole Laursen (Philippines)
    -Risingon FC Champion, Soo Chul Kim (Korea)
    -2x MCFC Champion, Mitch Chilson (USA/Singapore)
    -BJJ World Champion and MCFC Champion, Leandro Issa (Brazil/Singapore)
    -URCC FC Champion, Eric Kelly (Philippines)
    -5x Muay Thai World Champion Orono Wor Petchpun (Thailand)
    -Sanda World Champion, Ba Teer (China)
    -Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, Gregor Gracie (Brazil)
    -Muay Thai World Champion, Yoddecha Sityodtong (Thailand)
    -Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, Rolles Gracie (Brazil)
    -Afghanistan Champion and MCFC Champion, Malik Arash Malawyi (Afghanistan)
    -Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, Igor Gracie (Brazil)
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    - The brand will be aired on ESPN STAR throughout Asia in some 500 million homes.

    - The organization has also planned a reality series entitled, ONELife. The other two events are the ONE National Qualifier Series and of course, One Fighting Championship.

    - The organization plans to bring their fights into every major city in Asia, something that no one has done before.

    - Bas Rutten is commentating

    - They will be using unified rules

    - OneFC is very well funded. Their pockets are deep. They are believed to be funded by a syndicate of businessmen from the Middle East.

    - The owner's name is Victor Cui. He worked for ESPN Star Sports for quite some time and more or less single handedly set up Martial Combat. His contacts in the sports broadcasting world run deep, and the respect for Mr. Cui runs high. With this, the sponsors he has lined up and the financial muscle behind him is rather impressive. His experience organizing non-MMA events with very much success is great. Heard of the X-Games? He has been involved in such.

    - OneFC is looking to sign top fighters from Asia. Amongst these top fighters, One Fighting Championship will be featuring fighters from the highly touted Evolve Mixed Martial Arts in Singapore. Evolve MMA is a cutting edge facility, one of the best in the world. It is run by Chatri Sityodtong.

    - The organizers believe JMMA shows are aimed only at the Japanese market. This creates a huge gap in the Asian market.

    - according to Middleasy "Expect a lot of your favorite Japanese fighters to make the transition to this new organization. "




    they are having a press conference in about 4 hours. i will update this thread with the announcements once i get over the fact that orono wor petchpun, anuwat and namsaknoi will be fighting mma. Very Happy


    some links:
    facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA
    dedicated mma-japan.com section with all the articles
    http://mma-japan.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=50&Itemid=94
    twitter
    http://twitter.com/#!/ONEFCMMA
    good bloodyelbow article
    http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/7/5/2257770/one-fc-has-the-potential-to-be-the-top-mma-promotion-in-asia
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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:14 pm

    i was hoping they were going to announce some fights but they didnt, here is the press release

    http://www.onefc.com/ONEFC-press-release.pdf

    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 in Asia.
    As part of its broadcast plans, the ONE Fighting Championship™ will be shown on ESPN STAR SPORTS (ESS), Asia’s top
    sports content provider, and MediaCorp Channel 5 (MC), Singapore's leading media company, across Asia. It is the largest
    MMA media broadcast in Asian history. In addition, several other major Asian broadcasting partnerships will also be announced
    in the near future.
    Victor Cui, CEO/Owner of ONE Fighting Championship, said, ”ONE Fighting Championship marks a significant inflection
    point in the sport of mixed martial arts in Asia. By our first event on September 3, we will be in more than 500 million homes
    across Asia and it is only the beginning. Asia has been the birthplace and home to martial arts for the last 5,000 years and ONE
    Fighting Championship has a vision of bringing mixed martial arts to the 3.9 billion people living in Asia. I am excited by the
    dominant leadership position of ONE Fighting Championship in Asia and the future of mixed martial arts in this region of the
    world. MMA is the fastest growing sport on the planet. We intend to showcase some of the most adrenaline-filled, exciting
    fights in Asia, featuring the best Asian fighters.”


    these guys have big ambitions to rival UFC imo

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    Post  2brutal on Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:20 pm

    The next pride you rekon
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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:24 pm

    sort of..but not really.

    like they said the japanese shows are really only aimed at the japanese. these guys plan to hold shows all over asia.
    you might not recognise most of the names but guys like Folyang is the south east asian wushu champion and thats a pretty big deal i think, not to mention guys like namsaknoi who are like gods in thailand....and what seems like the entire younger generation of Gracies.
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    Post  ChelseaQuinsfan on Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:57 pm

    Ok this looks quite interesting. Out of the roster mentioned, I only recognize the Muay Thai champions and the Gracie's but it looks like a well rounded mix of fighters. It looks like an exciting new promotion and covering all of Asia's talent instead of just Japan's is a good idea. I always wanted to see more of Thailand's Thai fighters in MMA.

    I wonder if they would sign someone like Coleman for there first event to really attract the old pride fans. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw old Bob Sapp there in the future.

    Good news and I am genuinely exited about this.
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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:10 pm

    the key things are
    a) they are deep pocketed and very ambitious
    b) in asia ~ particularly south east asia MMA is growing fast
    c) they are reaching a HUGE audience

    i dont know who will be fighting on the first show.
    If they get big names its most likely to Aoki who lives and trains in Singapore (many fighters from the same gym are already listed), and Cris Cyborg whos manager said she is in negotiations to fight in singapore (which can only mean this).

    not sure coleman and sapp are the type of fighters that are going to fight there, they seem more keen to cultivate the local talents and top international fighter, in order to draw the NEW mma audience - rather than old pride fans. (dont think pride/k1 was/is popular in asia outside japan and korea, for example the fighters listed are more popular in thailand than Buakaw.)

    think i'll probably pick up tickets Very Happy

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    Post  the_king on Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:46 pm

    looks interesting wonder if we will see a big influx of ex ufc fighters.
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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:53 pm

    here is some photos "champion vs champion" is what they are getting at...sort of like UFC 1 but more legit Very Happy

    Mundials (BJJ) and Martial Combat Champion (MMA) 8-2 Leandro "Brodinho" Issa

    6 x Muay Thai champion 280-15 MT record Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn; one of the greatest fighters in the history of Muay Thai

    Mundials champion Zorobabel Moreira jr.

    Former WBA boxing world champion Yodsanan Sityodtong

    SE asia gold x2, all asia silver, world bronze in Wushu, and Martial Combat Champion Eduard Folayang (9-1)

    6 MT world champ Anuwat "Iron hands of Siam" Kaewsamrit

    5 x MT world champ Orono Wor. Petchpun



    also in the picture Folayangs opponent Ole Laursen (gone 5-0 since starting his career with losses to Genki Sudo and Caol Uno)
    Singapore first MMA fighter Mohammed Radeem
    Martial Combat champ Mitch Chilson
    3rd degree BJJ blackbelt Rodrigo Ribeiro
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    Post  Sheldan on Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:26 pm

    There was some live chat with Ariel Helwani earlier today and some guy kept asking Ariel if he knew about One Fighting Championship, I thought it might have been you Chesty Laughing
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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:29 pm

    haha, no it wasnt Very Happy...had he heard of it?

    i think this will take off big time though, the reach their first broadcast will have is HUGE.
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    Post  Sheldan on Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:53 pm

    Yeah he said that he thinks it could become big enough to rival the UFC sometime in the future.
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    Post  Mryzyz on Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:16 pm

    What are the chances of this getting a TV deal in the UK?, I'm not holding out much hope.

    Is it going to be in a cage or the ring?
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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:35 pm

    cage apparently.

    no idea about getting a UK tv deal, its clearly not the target market. havent seen any asian MMA on UK TV since years and years ago when they showed some (even older) japanese events on eurosport.
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    Post  ChelseaQuinsfan on Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:39 am

    The champion vs champion is something I'd really like to see. Is it going to be a 1 day tournament kind of thing? It's almost like every fighter represents his martial art. For a first show, it sounds like a great idea.

    Aoki would be a big signing for them, he'd be there biggest name.

    Slightly surprised it's in a cage. I'm already psyched for this!

    Remember when Ricardo Mayorga was meant to take a fight in MMA? I wonder if he'd consider doing this.
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    Post  KJGould on Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:29 am

    Singapore is a really interesting place. It's very western, English is spoken by most fluently in the city (they have Singapore produced TV shows in English language).

    But, last I heard (when I was there in 2002) was they take drugs very seriously. If you're caught with illegal drugs on you, it's the death penalty. So I don't think it's going to be a steroid haven like many think it might be.
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    Post  pinsman on Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:05 pm

    I've heard that about the drug scene! Good way of detering it!

    Just read though this whole topic seems very interesting and exciting, in a time where UFC rules all. Interested to see that a lot of the fighters are specialists in one code, it will be like going back in time! Really hope this kicks off and produces some good talent from the far east, as the west is dominating the sport at the moment!
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    Post  payneNglory1 on Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:08 am

    The main event has been sorted



    Baroni and Yoshida have found a new home and they've added the Ultimate warrior that is Andy Wang Very Happy


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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:22 pm

    ONE FC will be operating under pride rules but in a cage What a Face

    This is the three year schedule for live events which was announced:

    Year 1: Singapore, Macau, Seoul, Jakarta, Shanghai, Bangkok

    Year 2: Singapore, Macau, Seoul, Jakarta, Shanghai, Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta, KL

    Year 3: Singapore, Macau, Seoul, Jakarta, Shanghai, Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta, KL, Mumbai, Shanghai

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    MAIN CARD:



    Eduard Folayang (Philippines) vs. Ole Laursen (Denmark / Philippines) - 155 lbs

    Eduard Folayang--largely considered the best Filipino fighter living in the Philippines will be putting his 9-1 professional record against K-1 Max legend Ole Laursen. After a submission loss to Caol Uno and a decision loss to Genki Sudo in 2006--Ole has won 5 in a row, including an impressive win against top regarded Brazilian Edu Pachu.

    Yoshiyuki Yoshida (Japan) vs. Phil Baroni (USA) - 175 lbs catchweight

    Baroni is going to be stepping into the cage against 5x UFC veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida of Japan. (The same Yoshida who choked out War Machine)

    Mitch Chilson (Singapore/USA) vs. Eric Kelly (Philippines) - 145 lbs


    Gregor Gracie (Brazil) vs. Wang Sai (China) - 170 lbs

    Gregor Gracie of Team Renzo will be facing Wang Sai of China. Wang Sai is a member of the China Top Team--which currently trains the only Chinese fighter signed to UFC contract--Tiequan Zhang.

    Andy Wang (China) vs. Zorobabel Moreira (Brazil / Singapore):- 155 lbs
    TUF and UFC vet Andy Wang will be facing former World Champion BJJ player Zoro Moreira.

    UNDERCARD:

    Radeem Rahman (Singapore) vs. Susovan Ghosh (India) - 125 lbs

    Soo Chul Kim (Korea) vs. Leandro Issa (Brazil / Singapore) - 135 lbs


    Vuyisile Colossa (South Africa) vs. Wang Ya Gi (China) - 155 lbs[/b]
    Wang is a Sanda World Champion, while Colossa is a former Muay Thai champion. On most stylistic match ups like this, Sanda usually has an advantage cause they have the wrestling base to take opponents down when they need to. This specific match up will most likely be an exception though. Wang is unlikely to take this to the ground, and even if he does, Colossa has a rapidly improving ground game to compliment his top notch striking. Expect this to be an entertaining stand up battle with Colossa getting the better on the exchanges.

    Daniel Mashamaite (South Africa) vs. Yodsanan Sityodtong (Thailand) - 135 lbs
    Very Happy
    World Boxing Champion Yodsanan Sityodtong will be making his MMA debut against former Muay Thai champion Daniel Mashamaite of South Africa.

    Eddie Ng (Hong Kong) vs. Wu Chengjie (China) - 160 lbs catchweight

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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:07 am

    streaming live and free on sherdog Smile
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    Post  rudeboyben84 on Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:38 am

    Damn raging im missing it being stuck in work!! Post the results if you dont mind mate....

    Ill have to have a look for Videos later, Cant wait to see the NYBA fighting under Pride rules again!
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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:43 pm

    btw i meant *will be* streaming on sherdog.

    ...on september 3rd Laughing

    i got tickets though; equivalent to £21 each and they arent even the cheapest ones Laughing


    edit: its not actually pride rules BTW, its in a cage i think, and they allow elbows as well as stomps/kicks/knees etc
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    Post  rudeboyben84 on Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:49 pm

    manschesthair_utd wrote:btw i meant *will be* streaming on sherdog.

    ...on september 3rd Laughing

    i got tickets though; equivalent to £21 each and they arent even the cheapest ones Laughing


    edit: its not actually pride rules BTW, its in a cage i think, and they allow elbows as well as stomps/kicks/knees etc

    Ah ok cool mate! should have checked the date! Stomps and Knees in a cage! Brutal stuff im sure it will be a fun event to go to

    I dont mind about the ring or scoring criteria, ill just be glad to see some getting a shoeing on the ground! Laughing

    Its funny with them using a cage and Dream using 3X5 rounds I wonder if sooner or later everyone will adopt the unified rules. Im hoping not but if everyone uses one ruleset down the line I really hope there something done to deal with the stalling we see in the Unified rules right now.
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    Post  payneNglory1 on Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:21 pm

    Results

    Spoiler:

    Eduard Folayang def. A Sol Kwon via unanimous decision
    Yoshiyuki Yoshida def. Phil Baroni via unanimous decision
    Eric Kelly def. Mitch Chilson via technical submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 3:10
    Zorobabel Moreira def. Andy Wang via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 1:59
    Radeem Rahman def. Susovan Ghosh via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 3:18
    Leandro Issa def. Soo Chul Kim via unanimous decision
    Vuyisile Colossa def. Xing Yu Ma via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 0:49
    Yodsanan Sityodtong def. Daniel Mashamaite via TKO (knee) - Round 2, 0:14
    Eddie Ng def. Chun Bo Yuan via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 0:45

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    Post  manschesthair_utd on Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:40 pm

    just back from the event, it was pretty awesome Very Happy

    glad to see Eddie Ng win, i briefly talked to him after the event - he should have gotten the KO bonus that went to Rahman.

    He represents Hong Kong in ONE FC but really he is from England, because its revolving around asian MMA, something like Wang representing Taiwan when he is american.

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