‘Era of Champions’ completes fight card

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


WITH top Filipino flyweight and Team Lakay fighter Geje Eustaquio already in the fight card of the stacked One FC event slated in Jakarta later this month, two more Filipino prospects were added in the event dubbed "Era of Champions".

Flyweight Ruel Catalan will duel with Malaysia's top flyweight prospect, Gianni Subba, while Muay Thai world champion from Thailand, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, meets Filipino fighter, Jomanz Omanz in the event topbilled by Japanese Kosuke Suzuki and Brazilian Adriano Moraes slated June 14.

Indonesia’s first female mixed martial artist, Desi Rahayu, will meet Malaysian fighter, Ella Tang, in the first ever female mixed martial arts bout in Indonesia.

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“One FC returns once again to the exciting city of Jakarta with what is expected to be the biggest sporting event held in Indonesia this year! Era of Champions will witness Indonesia’s first female mixed martial artist, Desi Rahayu, making her ONE FC debut against Malaysia’s Ella Tang,” said One FC CEO Victor Cui.

Cui added the card is stacked with a bevy of international stars, and fans, both watching live in Jakarta and around the world, can prepare for a night of thrilling world-class mixed martial arts action when the One FC warriors battle it out in the cage.

Muay Thai world champion Amnuaysirichoke will make his One FC debut with an impressive Muay Thai record of 282-65, and is a 3x Lumpinee World Champion. Now an instructor at Evolve MMA, he has trained extensively in mixed martial arts in anticipation of this bout.
Omanz is a Filipino boxer who has an impressive boxing record of 12 wins with only two losses. Having reached the peak of his boxing career, he now transitions to mixed martial arts.

Malaysia’s rising flyweight contender, Subba returns to the One FC cage for the second time this year to take on another Filipino flyweight in Ruel Catalan. Subba wants to prove once again he is considered one of the hottest rising stars in the world against Catalan. Subba has finished his opponents in all the bouts that he has won, and will look to do the same again on June 14.

Catalan meanwhile a Wushu practitioner and comes from a family of mixed martial artists. Catalan unleashed a vicious series of ground punches to defeat Cambodia’s Khim Dima in his last bout, and gets a tougher test in Subba. Catalan is an accomplished striker and will need to use all his skills to overcome the Malaysian prodigy.

Indonesian fans will also be excited when the first ever Indonesian professional mixed martial artist, Desi Rahayu, enters the One FC cage to represent Indonesia against Malaysia’s Ella Tang. Rahayu is best known for being the National Judo Champion in Indonesia and her debut in One FC marks her transition to becoming a complete mixed martial artist.

Ella Tang is a Muay Thai, Sanshou and kickboxing veteran from Malaysia.

She has dedicated herself to mastering the striking arts and now wants to integrate them with grappling in mixed martial arts. She hopes her experience comes through when she takes on a highly touted opponent in Rahayu. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 05, 2014.

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