‘Rise of Heroes’ adds three more bouts

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


ASIA'S largest mixed martial arts organization, One Fighting Championship, has bolstered the blockbuster One FC: Rise of Heroes event with the addition of three exciting bouts when it returns to the Mall of Asia Arena in May.

The card will feature a clash of two of the best heavyweights in the world with James McSweeney squaring off against Chris Lokteff. Aung La N Sang will also make history as the first mixed martial artist from Myanmar to compete in the One FC cage when he takes on Egypt’s Mahmoud Salama.

Filipina boxing champion Jujeath Nagaowa will also make her One FC debut when she meets Jeet Toshi of India.

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"One FC returns to the iconic city of Manila with the largest sporting event in Manila this year! The headlining bout will pit current One FC Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes against the #1 contender, Masakatsu Ueda, in the biggest bantamweight fight Asia has ever witnessed," One FC CEO Victor Ciu sain.

Cui added One FC fans will be treated to a night of spectacular world class action featuring the clash of heavyweights McSweeney and Lokteff, as well as a middleweight battle between Aung La N Sang and Salama.

"Fans all over the world have been eagerly waiting for the debut of boxing champion Jujeath Nagaowa and she will make her MMA debut against a very tough Jeet Toshi," Cui continued.

McSweeney is a top English mixed martial artist and kickboxer who have competed against some of the best heavyweights in the world, racking up numerous titles in the process. He is currently on the best streak of his career, with eight wins in his last ten fights. McSweeney is a proven finisher and have gone to a decision only once in twenty three fights.

Lokteff meanwhile is one of the top heavyweight prospects in the world.

The Australian has amassed an impressive record of twelve wins and one loss at just 27 years of age. He made a remarkable ONE FC debut, convincingly defeating famed American wrestler Tony Johnson last November. He looks to extend his winning streak in One FC when he takes on the toughest test of his career in McSweeney.

The One FC Heavyweight division remains without a champion and the winner of this bout will likely earn a spot in the inaugural title bout.

Aung La N Sang will be the first mixed martial artist of Myanmar descent to enter the One FC cage. He is a member of the Kachin, a group of indigenous people currently embroiled in civil war with the Myanmar army.

He left Myanmar to study in the United States, where he discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and subsequently, mixed martial arts. Aung is nicknamed ‘The Burmese Python’ for his constricting ability which has led him to nine submission wins.

Salama on the other hand is a veteran of the Egyptian mixed martial arts scene. He has never been defeated in his home country, racking up all four of his wins by TKO. Salama boasts power in both hands and will look to knock out any opponent standing in his way. This clash against Aung represents the classic striker against grappler matchup and the striker, Salama, seeks to emerge victorious in this matchup.

Baguio fighter Nagaowa will make history when she enters the One FC cage, becoming the first Filipina mixed martial artist in Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization. The former WBC Asia Atomweight Champion will be making the transition from boxing with an impressive resume that features 12 professional victories.

Nagaowa has nifty footwork that she uses to get out of her opponents’ punches and knockout power in both hands. She will be looking to demonstrate her boxing skills along with her newly acquired mixed martial arts techniques as she makes her One FC debut in front of her fellow countrymen.

Toshi is a seven time kickboxing champion from India. Her illustrious kickboxing career has led her to coaching and training stints in Bahrain and Australia. As the pioneer for female mixed martial arts in India, she has paved the way for more women in the populous country to participate in the sport, and will look to make a statement by emerging victorious in One FC: Rise of Heroes. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 27, 2014.

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