One FC Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes Defends Title Tonight at One FC: Warrior’s Way


Arguably the most decorated mixed martial artist in the world today, reigning ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes (16-3-0) will headline ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY opposite unbeaten Korean prospect, Dae Hwan Kim (10-0-1), tonight at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Fernandes is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who grew up on the hardened streets of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. He has multiple world Jiu-Jitsu tournament wins and is currently riding an eight fight win streak, being so far unbeaten inside the ONE FC cage since debuting for the promotion in 2012.

He is also 3-0 in fights in Manila.

Fernandes became the ONE FC champion after he impressively dominated the always tough Soo Chul Kim, winning by unanimous decision. Against Dae Hwan Kim however, Fernandes is expected to face a stiff challenge to his ONE FC belt.

Kim is undefeated at 10 wins and no losses as a professional mixed martial artist, recently dismantling highly-touted Filipino warrior Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon in his last fight by submission. Five of Kim’s 10 victories are by submission while two are by knockout, making Kim a true test to Fernandes’ championship mettle.

In the world of combat sports, the best fighting the best is ideal for fans and the sport alike, but rarely are we treated to such an evenly matched contest. The main event showdown between Fernandes and Kim promises fireworks as Kim looks to dethrone the champion in front of a packed MOA Arena crowd.

Fernandes however will do everything in his capacity to prevent that from happening, drawing upon his years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to nullify Kim’s ferocious offensive. With both fighters ripped and ready for action this Friday, tensions rise and fans can expect an all-out war to unfold inside the ONE FC cage.

When two fighters of this caliber collide, the outcome is anything but predictable and fans can expect edge-of-your-seat excitement at ONE FC’s biggest show of the year.

Apart from the exciting main event, Team Lakay fighters Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon and Honorio Banario all get to see action along with ferocious flyweight Rene Catalan of Catalan Fighting Systems. Also on the card is the ONE FC debut of Filipino-American heavyweight, Brandon “The Truth” Vera as he takes on URCC champion Igor Subora of the Ukraine.

Former professional boxer Jujeath Nagaowa and former WBO women’s bantamweight champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton will kick things off for Team Philippines in the preliminary bouts.

Tickets for ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY on 5 December in Manila are on sale now at SM Tickets (http://www.smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box PHP 640 and General Admission PHP 220.  Prices include ticketing fee. Pre-sale packages are currently available.

This is an official press statement from One Fighting Championship.

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Filipino MMA Fighters Win Big at the One FC: Rise of Heroes


Mixed martial arts is becoming the next big thing in the country. Since the staging of the first One Fighting Championship event in 2012, domestic and international MMA fans have faithfully anticipated the staging of each upcoming event, rooting for their favourite fighters.

The recently concluded One FC: Rise of Heroes held at the SM MOA Arena on May 2, 2104, once again, saw the rise of Filipino fighters in mixed martial arts, slowly but surely creating a spot for the Philippines in the world map. All five Filipinos in the final fight card brought home the laurels of victory as they took down their opponents in their respective matches.

In the photo (from top right): Rey Docyogen (red) vs Joshua Alvarez; Eugene Toquero vs Gianni Subba; Eduard Folayang vs Kotetsu Boku; Ana Julaton vs Aya Saeid Saber; Jujeath Nagaowa Photo Credit: One Fighting Championship

In the photo (from top right): Rey Docyogen (red) vs Joshua Alvarez; Eugene Toquero vs Gianni Subba; Eduard Folayang vs Kotetsu Boku; Ana Julaton vs Aya Saeid Saber; Jujeath Nagaowa
Photo Credit: One Fighting Championship

The fight card included two Filipina MMA fighters. The opening match featured the homegrown talent Jujeath Nagaowa. Originally slated to make her One FC debut in December 2013, former WBO Atomweight Champion Nagaowa patiently waited for the right time. She stalled the match at Round 2 by a TKO against the Indian female MMA fighter Jeet Toshi. On the other hand, Ana Julaton wowed the crowd when she let loose combo punches on Aya Saeid Saber. The fight only lasted for 3 rounds.

During the press presentation as SM MOA Atrium, the hype on upcoming bout between Eugene Toquero and Gianna Subba had already started. Toquero confidently told everyone present that he’s going to beat the undefeated Subba. His remarks about what might happen during the fight may have irked some of the crowd, but his opponent, Gianna Subba, remained calm and undisturbed.

Subba’s ground control techniques gave allowed him to dominate over Toquero in the second round. However, Toquero’s muau thai expertise gave him the edge in the stand up fights with 45s and ax kicks. His deadly elbow blows on Subba gave him the judge’s thumbs ups.

Rey Docyogen was another Filipino MMA fighter to reckon with. His match with Joshua Alvarez had a shaky start when Alvarez took him with a rear naked choke. Alvarez went on with his take down attempts against Docyogen in the second round. Docyogen showed his dominance in the third round with his countless strikes on Alvarez.

A former member of the Philippine Team, Eduard Folayang faced Kotetsu Boku in the One FC: Rise of Heroes Lightweight division match. Folayang’s defeat in the past proved to be catalyst for him to work hard and train even harder, improving on his wrestling skills. Folayang took Boku down with an empathic slam in the first round, and came close to finishing the bout with an armbar attempt before time ran out. Folayang’s improved grappling was on full display in the second round, as he took Boku down on several attempts as well as grazed Boku with a spinning wheel kick. After a wild third round where both fighters attacked valiantly in search of the knockout finish, Folayang emerged with his hands raised with a unanimous decision victory.

 

Official results for ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES:      

  • ONE FC Bantamweight World Championship bout: Bibiano Fernandes defeats Masakatsu Ueda by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 5
  • Lightweight bout: Eduard Folayang defeats Kotetsu Boku by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
  • Flyweight bout: Rey Docyogen defeats Joshua Alvarez by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
  • Featherweight bout: Rob Lisita defeats Yusuke Kawanago by TKO (Strikes) at 0:28 minutes of round 1
  • Heavyweight bout: James McSweeney defeats Chris Lokteff by KO (Knee) at 3:04 minutes of round 1
  • Middleweight bout: Leandro Ataides defeats Tatsuya Mizuno by TKO (Strikes) at 0:47 minutes of round 1
  • Flyweight bout: Ana Julaton defeats Aya Saeid Saber by TKO (Strikes) at 4:01 minutes of round 3
  • Flyweight bout: Eugene Toquero defeats Gianni Subba by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
  • Atomweight bout: Jujeath Nagaowa defeats Jeet Toshi by TKO (Strikes) at 1:07 minutes of round 2

In case you missed the action log on to www.onefc.livesport.tv for the full replay of the fights at only US $9.99.
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Filipino MMA Fighters All Set to Face their Opponents at the One FC: Rise of Heroes on May 2


Photo Credit: One Fighting Championship

Photo Credit: One Fighting Championship

Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will have something to cheer on when four Filipinos and one Fil-Am battle it out for cage honors at ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on May 2 starting at 7 pm.

These Filipinos and one Fil-Am will figure in five of the 10 explosive fight cards to be beamed around the world to more than 500 million viewers by partner channels of ONE FC, considered the biggest MMA organization in Asia.

Adding to the excitement are the 15 foreigners who are coming in to see action in the same cage with the Filipinos led by Brazilian bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes, who will be staking his title against Japanese Masakatsu Ueda.

The Filipino fighters will be bannered by Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang, who is expected to have a tough fight for lightweight honors against Japanese knockout artist Kotetsu Boku in the co-main event.

Both fighters come from a win. Boku registered a first-round knockout victory over Arnaud Lepont at ONE FC 14 in March, while Folayang took a decision from Dutch-Indonesian Vincent Latoel at ONE FC 13 in December at the MOA Arena.

Another Team Lakay fighter, Rey Docyogen, is looking forward to snatching his first ONE FC win in the flyweight division after being without fight for 11 months.

A former pinweight champion of the URCC, he suffered two successive defeats at ONE FC, the first at ONE FC 7 against Shinichi Kojima and the second at ONE FC 9 in a split decision to Yasuhiro Urushitani. This time he will be facing Guam-based Joshua Alvarez, who has an impressive record of 12 wins, nine of which were by submission.

Another Filipino, Eugene Toquero, will be facing undefeated Malaysian-American Gianni Subba. Although Toquero has tasted his first loss at the ONE FC event last December against compatriot Geje Eustaquio, his experience in the cage is expected to make the difference against Subba, who has only three MMA fights thus far.

Jujeath Nagaowa, the first Filipina fighting under ONE FC, will be squaring off with Indian seven-time kickboxing champion Jeet Toshi, who is also considered India’s pioneer for female MMA. Nagaowa has cut her teeth in Asian boxing before making the switch to MMA being a former WBC Asia Atomweight champion.

MMA fans, Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike, are anticipating the first appearance in the octagon cage of Fil-Am world female boxing champion Ana Julaton after she decided to make the switch. She will test her newly acquired MMA skills against champion kick boxer Aya Saeid Saber of Egypt.

ONE FC chief executive Victor Cui described the Julaton-Saber fight as “explosive” as both love to engage. “Filipinos and MMA fans around the world will surely like this match between two explosive fighters on May 2,” he said.

The main event on May 2 is between Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes and Japanese Masakatsu Ueda. Fernandes has won seven straight fights, including all three of his fights for ONE FC by unanimous decision. He hasn’t lost in more than three years.

Ueda, a former Shooto featherweight champion, has won three straight fights with ONE FC, including one against Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon at ONE FC 9, and has defeated some MMA legends.

The other exciting bouts are between top Australian featherweight prospect Rob Lisita and Japanese featherweight champion Yusuke Kawanago in the bantamweight division; Japanese Tatsuya Mizuno and Brazilian Leandro Ataidas in the middleweight division; English James McSweeney and Australian Chris Lokteff in the heavyweight division, and Burmese Aung La Sang and Egyptian Mahmoud Salama in the middleweight division.

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Tickets for ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES are on sale now at SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360, followed by Patron PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box PHP 640 and General Admission PHP 220. Prices include ticketing fee.

This is an official press statement from One Fighting Championship.

Team Lakay: One For All, All for One


Team Lakay: Geje Eustaquio, Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario & Kevin Belingon

Team Lakay: Geje Eustaquio, Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario & Kevin Belingon

Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters train together at Team Lakay gym in La Trinidad, Benguet, as they prepare for one of their toughest battles in ONE FC: Moment of Truth on Dec. 6 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City. The Team Lakay fighters will be facing dangerous opponents with excellent cage records headed by Japanese Koji Oishi, who will be defending his ONE FC Featherweight Champion belt against Filipino Honorio “The Rock” Banario in a much-awaited rematch. Showing off a fighting pose after a hard training are (from left) Geje Eustaquio, who will face Eugene Toquero; Eduard Folayang, who will battle Dutch-Indonesian striker Vincent Latoel; Banario; and Kevin Belingon, who will square off with undefeated Spaniard David Aranda Santacana.

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