Slam bang action in One FC: Rise of Heroes-A A +A
Thursday, May 1, 2014
FIGHT fans from all over the world will be treated to an all night action packed One Fighting Championship event as it rolls out 10 explosive matches today, May 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 10 fights will feature some of the biggest stars in the Philippines and around the world, including Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil, Masakatsu Ueda of Japan, Igorot fighter Eduard Folayang, Kotetsu Boku of Japan, and Fil-Am boxer Ana Julaton.
“Expect explosive knockouts and exciting finishes in what is probably the most exciting fight card ever that will keep fans from around the world on the edge of their seats," ONE FC chief executive Victor Cui said.
The main event will pit reigning ONE FC bantamweight champion Fernandes against Ueda, a former Shooto featherweight kingpin and on paper is perhaps the best fighter the former will be facing since he started competing in Asia.
Fernandes (15-3), who has held two titles in Dream and one in ONE FC, is 3-0 under the ONE FC banner and has three first-round finishes during his current seven-fight win streak and is undefeated in three years. Ueda (18-2-2), on the other hand, is 3-0 in his return to Asia after winning ONE FC’s bantamweight tournament.
The co-main event will be another explosive matchup, with Folayang facing a tough Japanese in Boku, a former ONE FC lightweight champion. Folayang won in December 2013 against Dutch-Indonesian Vincent Latoel while Boku scored a first-round knockout win over Arnaud Lepont only last March.
“Fans will surely love this explosive matchup of two lightweight contenders who are both gunning for a title shot,” Cui said.
Being anticipated is the fight between Fil-Am female world boxing champion Julaton and Egyptian kickboxing champion Saber.
The California-based Julaton, who has twice held the WBA and IBO 122-pound belts, has just made the switch to MMA and will be fighting for the first time before a hometown crowd. “I’m excited to fight infront of my ‘kababayans,’” she was quoted as saying.
Saber, on the other hand, is an Egyptina kickboxing champion and is the first female MMA fighter from Egypt to fight in ONE FC. “I can't wait to get into the cage and beat Ana and make my fight team and family proud. Unlike Ana, I am not new to MMA,” she said.
Another high-action bout is the rematch between Rob Lisita, who is the best featherweight to emerge from Australia, and Japanese Yusuke Kawanago, the former Legend FC bantamweight champion.
The other fights sure to grab the fans’ interest involve Team Lakay fighter Rey Docyogen, a former pinweight champion of the URCC, against Guam-based Joshua Alvarez, and Filipino muay thai champion Eugene Toquero and undefeated Malaysian-American Gianni Subba.
Also worth watching is the battle between MMA newcomer Jujeath Nagaowa, the first Filipina fighting under ONE FC, and Indian seven-time kickboxing champion Jeet Toshi.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 02, 2014.