One Championship: Age of Domination


Tonight, all roads will lead to SM MOA Arena for the much-anticipated MMA event of the year – the One Championship: Age of Domination.

one-age-of-dominationHeadlining the event is the 39 year old mixed martial veteran 14-7-0, 1 NC professional record Brandon “The Truth” Vera, who is set to defend his ONE Heavyweight World Championship title against the yet undefeated Japanese fighter Hideki Sekine, who is making his One Championship debut. The Japanese heavyweight contender Hideki Sekine is unbeaten as a mixed martial artist with seven wins and no losses. For these two fighters, the match is all about their mixed martial arts skills. Brandon Vera with his devastating striking and well-rounded submission grappling skills againts Hideki Sekine with his brute strength and technical grappling ability.

The co-main event features the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes and Filipino-Australian bantamweight sensation Reece McLaren. McLaren has since come a long a way with two highly-impressive victories over top caliber opponents inside the ONE Championship cage, and this earned him a shot at the ONE Bantamweight World Championship title. Drawing inspiration from Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang, McLaren takes on the spot against Fernandes who has has strung together eight straight victories including four exciting finishes, making him ONE’s longest reigning champion.

Next on the fight card is the 28-year-old Filipino MMA sensation Mark “Mugen” Striegl, who is one of the top fighters in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions. He returns to the ONE cage in a highly anticipated fight against professional MMA Brazilian Rafael Nunes. Striegl began his professional career on a 12-fight win streak and made a successful ONE Championship debut in 2014 against American Casey Suire. He now trains with Asia’s best world champions in Singapore. Nunez is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, Nunes is equally comfortable finishing his opponents by submission or strikes. He looks to showcase his multi-faceted skill in his next bout, and will face a tough challenge when he takes on Mark Striegl.

Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio is back in the ONE cage, who is known as one of the highly skilled wushu fighters in the country. Training with the famous Team Lakay of Baguio, his solid striking and grappling skills will once again be put to test as he faces Toni “Dynamite” Tauru of Utti, Finland. A feared grappling specialist, Tauru is looking for his first victory inside the ONE Championship cage, but he will have to contend against Geje Eustaquio in order to get it.

Another of Team Lakay’s ward is Honorio “The Rock” Banario. With his vast cage experience, Banario possesses a high level-striking skill and a steadily improved grappling ability. As a former ONE Featherweight World Champion, Banario is an expert in wushu, and is ready to showcase his lightning-quick strikes against India’s Rajinder Singh Meena in the ONE Championship lightweight division. Meena possesses a robust grappling skill set and owns five impressive wins by submission. Will that be enough to topple down Banario?

Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly is one of the brightest featherweight prospects in the country. Complete with striking and grappling skills, Kelly will bring Team Lakay’s world-renowned wushu to centre stage. He takes on Jakarta’s Sunoto “The Terminator”. Kelly scored a one-punch knockout of veteran fighter Vincent Latoel during his last fight. Is it going to be a repeat against Sunoto, owns an MMA record of five wins and two losses, including three highly-impressive submission victories?

The Atomweight division features Team Lakay’s April Osenio and Taiwan’s Jenny Huang. Osenio impressively brought down her last opponent with a guillotine choke submission, highlighting her growing skills beyond the striking art of wushu. Not to be taken for granted, Huang tucks four wins and no losses under her belt and owns two impressive submission victories. This is going to be one exciting match!

Two Filipinos step up to the ONE cage in the flyweight division. With three wins and no loss in his resume, Danny Kingad of Team Lakay faces another standout Eugene Toquero. Coming off from his training camp in Baguio, Danny Kingad is a tremendous striker, operating out of his world-class wushu base. Eugene Toquero has great highlight-reel striking techniques and operates at a pace, which his opponents find hard to keep up with. An epic fight between the standouts, who will really standout?

Completing the fight card are flyweight fighters Liu Peng Shuai and Sim Bunsrun, who are set to do battle in a three-round bout. Liu is the Hefei Flyweight Tournament Champion, while the Cambodian Bunsrun is a winner of his last two fights including an impressive first-round submission in his promotional debut.

The pre-event fight features the 18-year-old Chinese fighter Xie Bin who takes on Indonesia’s Mario Satya Wirawan. Xie last appeared in a tremendous contest against Casey Suire, while Wirawan went to battle with Burn Soriano. Both fighters are looking to get back on track with a victory.

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Brandon Vera is the Champion of the Inaugural One Heavyweight World Title


Brandon "The Truth" Vera capped the night with the knock out of Paul "Typhoon" Cheng, ONE: Spirit of Champions

Brandon “The Truth” Vera capped the night with the knock out of Paul “Typhoon” Cheng, ONE: Spirit of Champions

ONE Championship™ (ONE) makes another history in the recently concluded ONE: Spirit of Champions for an evening of world-class mixed martial arts action held at SM Mall of Asia Arena. The 20,000-seater venue went wild and crazy as the matches in the fight card came one after the other, winners being announced after each fight.

The final and main event of the fight night electrified all the spectators just within 26 seconds of the first round of the inaugural One Heavyweight World Championship when the international mixed martial arts superstar Brandon “The Truth” Vera knocked out the Taiwanese Paul “Typhoon” Cheng.

Vera opened the bout by dropping Cheng with a counter left hook after Cheng was caught over-extending on a missed punch. Vera followed up with a high kick that landed flush, sending Cheng down to the canvas. From there, Vera rained down hammer fists to force a stoppage.

Reece “Lightning” McLaren of Queensland, Australia shocked the hometown crowd by beating Mark “Mugen” Striegl by submission in the second round of a bantamweight contest. McLaren invested in leg kicks early, slowing down an aggressive yet composed Striegl who was determined to use his wrestling to take McLaren to the ground. Striegl dropped McLaren with a short right elbow followed up by a technical ground kick, but failed to finish off the Australian. In the final round, McLaren had just enough to outlast Striegl, as he locked in a rear naked choke to earn the victory.

Filipino striking specialist, Eugene Toquero stopped previously unbeaten Li Wei Bin of China in an intense matchup of aggressive flyweights. Toquero utilized his unorthodox striking techniques to bring the fight to Li, who tried his best to weather the storm. Toquero increased his offensive output in round two, battering Li from end to end with well-placed combinations. Toquero was awarded with a technical knockout victory after Li failed to answer the call for round three.

Irina Mazepa of St. Petersburg, Russia barrelled through her opponent to score her second victory inside the ONE Cage, defeating former women’s boxing world champion Ana “Hurricane” Julaton. Julaton began the bout looking to take Mazepa down to the mat but had difficulty with Mazepa’s exceptional takedown defense. Striking superiority belonged to the former Russian kickboxing standout, as Mazepa stifled Julaton throughout the fight with powerful strikes. In the end, Mazepa owned the advantage in both the stand-up and in the clinch, doing just enough to receive a unanimous decision from all three judges.

Angela Lee defeats Lena Tkhorevska by Submission in the Women's Strawweight bout, ONE: Spirit of Champions

Angela Lee defeats Lena Tkhorevska by Submission in the Women’s Strawweight bout, ONE: Spirit of Champions

Female strawweights “Unstoppable” Angela Lee of Singapore and Lena Tkhorevska of Poland put on an amazing show of high-level grappling for fight fans in attendance. The Singaporean Lee started off by scoring on an impressive side suplex in the first round, followed by various submission attempts while Tkhorevska was preoccupied with defense. In the second round, Lee was able to take Tkhorevska’s back, sinking in a deep rear naked choke to end the bout.

A determined Bruno Pucci of Brazil made his re-emergence in ONE Championship a successful one by defeating previously undefeated featherweight Anthony Engelen of the Netherlands. Pucci dominated the entire bout, scoring on two slams to take Engelen effortlessly down to the mat. In the second round, Pucci slipped a rear naked choke deep enough to force Engelen to tap out. Pucci, overcome with emotion, clinched a long-awaited victory in round two.

Brazilian flyweight Alex Silva also made a successful return to the ONE Cage after more than a two-year break to defeat Ruel Catalan of the Philippines by submission. Catalan tried to use his long reach to keep Silva from closing the distance, as Silva looked constantly for the takedown. A scramble found Catalan in top position as he unloaded punches, but Silva was able to reverse, quickly locking in a knee bar to seal the deal.

17-year old Christian Lee, younger brother of female strawweight standout Angela Lee, emerged victorious in his ONE Championship and professional mixed martial arts debut, stopping game opponent David Meak of Australia to kick off ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS. Lee got off to a fast start, unloading combinations while aggressively attacking Meak who tried his best to defend. After a barrage of punches, the referee stepped in to call a halt to the contest.

Official results for ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS

ONE Heavyweight World Championship bout:
Brandon Vera defeats Paul Cheng by Knockout at 0:26 minutes of round 1

Bantamweight bout:
Reece McLaren defeats Mark Striegl by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:33 minutes of round 3

Flyweight bout:
Eugene Toquero defeats Li Wei Bin by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at 5:00 minutes of round 2

Women’s bantamweight bout:
Irina Mazepa defeats Ana Julaton by Unanimous Decision

Women’s strawweight bout:
Angela Lee defeats Lena Tkhorevska by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:26 minutes of round 2

Featherweight bout:
Bruno Pucci defeats Anthony Engelen by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:19 minutes of round 2

Flyweight bout:
Alex Silva defeats Ruel Catalan by Submission (Knee Bar) at 3:53 minutes of round 1

Featherweight bout:
Christian Lee defeats David Meak by TKO (Strikes) at 0:29 minutes of round 1

In case you missed the action log on to http://www.oneppv.com for the full replay of the fights at only US $9.99.

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Bibiano Fernandes Retains One FC Bantamweight World Championship Title


ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes fights hard to defend his title against Korea’s Dae Hwan Kim.

ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes fights hard to defend his title against Korea’s Dae Hwan Kim.

ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes retained his title with a submission win over Korea’s Dae Hwan Kim. Kim proved to be a live challenger as he tested Fernandes’ championship mettle in the first round with a display of lightning quick strikes that found their mark. In the second round, Fernandes turned to grappling as he quickly worked to secure Kim’s back after the Korean missed a punch. Moments later, Fernandes locked in a Rear Naked Choke, forcing Kim to tap out.

In the co-main event of the evening, international mixed martial arts superstar Brandon “The Truth” Vera of the Philippines defeated URCC champion Igor Subora of the Ukraine via spectacular knockout, sending the MOA Arena crowd into a frenzy. The fight started off with both fighters trading heavy blows. Vera caught Subora in a Muay Thai clinch and unleashed a couple of knees to the head. Towards the end of the round, Vera slipped a punch by Subora and countered with a straight left, dropping his opponent and throwing in two more kicks for good measure. The referee stepped in to stop the fight, awarding Vera with the victory.

Roger Gracie of the renowned Gracie fighting family made a successful ONE FC debut against the hard-hitting James McSweeney. In a feeling out round, the two light heavyweights spent the majority outside of each other’s range until McSweeney connected with a roundhouse kick. In the second round, a cut opened up on McSweeney’s right eye courtesy of a Gracie left hand. Gracie went to work on the eye for the remainder of the round. In the third, things got worse for McSweeney as he hurt his foot after missing with a kick. Gracie immediately capitalized on the situation and pounced on McSweeney with downward strikes, causing the referee to call a halt to the contest.

In a bantamweight matchup, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon impressed with a strong performance against the highly touted Koetsu Okazaki of Japan. After a slow start, it was Belingon who was able to land the damaging blows as he dropped Okazaki to the mat with a thudding right hook towards the end of the round. In round two, Belingon continued his dazzling display of elite striking with a wide array of kicks, punctuated by a flashy spinning side-kick that knocked Okazaki back. In the third, Belingon scored on a pair of kicks and finished the round with a series of sharp elbows from top position. All judges were in favor of Belingon, who won by unanimous decision.

Ana Julaton defeats Walaa Abas by Unanimous Decision in the Flyweight Division

Ana Julaton defeats Walaa Abas by Unanimous Decision in the Flyweight Division

Former boxing world champion Ana Julaton showcased her newfound grappling skills against opponent Walaa Abas, winning a unanimous decision. In the first round, both fighters traded strikes in the clinch but it was Julaton who was able to score on a takedown. In the second, Julaton’s boxing shone through as she landed a series of solid blows. The third round saw much of the same action as Abas tried her best to keep the distance and avoid Julaton’s power punching.

The Philippines’ Jujeath Nagaowa and Cambodia’s Tharoth Sam kicked off the action for ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY in an entertaining women’s atomweight contest. The former pro-boxer Nagaowa dominated the fight with impressive boxing in the clinch and some solid ground work. In the second round, Nagaowa caught Sam out of position and swiftly worked to get full mount, unleashing ground and pound to win by referee stoppage.

Official results for ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY

ONE FC Bantamweight World Championship bout: Bibiano Fernandes defeats Dae Hwan Kim by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:16 minutes of round 2

Heavyweight bout: Brandon Vera defeats Igor Subora by Knockout at 3:54 minutes of round 1

Lightweight bout: Timofey Nastyukhin defeats Eduard Folayang by Knockout at 3:11minutes of round 1

Light Heavyweight bout: Roger Gracie defeats James McSweeney by TKO (Strikes) at 3:15minutes of round 3

Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon defeats Koetsu Okazaki by Unanimous Decision

Catchweight bout: Herbert Burns defeats Honorio Banario by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:59 minutes of round 1

Light Heavyweight bout: Jake Butler defeats Sylvain Potard by Unanimous Decision

Flyweight bout: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Rene Catalan by Knockout at2:30 minutes of round 1

Flyweight bout: Ana Julaton defeats Walaa Abas by Unanimous Decision

Atomweight bout: Jujeath Nagaowa defeats Tharoth Sam by TKO (Strikes) at 3:34 minutes of round 2

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