World Series of Fighting Debuts in Manila With an Explosive Fightcard


Evgeny Erokhin defends Heavyweight Title
Homegrown Jujeath Nagaowa defeats Japan’s Yuko Kiryu
Heavyweight Champion Evgeny Erokhin with WSOF Global Championship Philippines owner Ms. Dunesa Hesser.

Heavyweight Champion Evgeny Erokhin with WSOF Global Championship Philippines owner Ms. Dunesa Hesser.

World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) brought the world to Philippines and the fans were thrilled with two highlight-reel knockouts and three superb submissions.

The main event ended with a thunderous knockout, as WSOF-GC World Heavyweight Champion, Russia’s Evgeny Erokhin (15-4) sent United States’ Richard Odoms (11-3) to the canvas just 1:11 into the first round. The victory marks Erokhin’s first title defense and an unprecedented 10th straight knockout victory.

In the co-main event, rising Philippines’ sensation Mario Sismundo (3-2) was derailed by China’s Keremuaili Maimaitituoheti (6-3). It was an intense see-saw battle, with Maimai capturing and keeping the upper hand in the second round with a rear-naked choke.

Other main card action saw the opening round of the WSOF-GC Flyweight Tournament. Lawrence DiGiulio (18-8-1) defeated Marcel Adur (11-5) via split decision. The other contest saw Japan’s Yusaku Nakamura (13-4-1) defeat Australia’s Tim Moore (10-6) via unanimous decision. This sets up a rematch of the class battle that DiGiulio had against Nakamura in Japan earlier this year. This rematch will be a 5-round affair for the inaugural WSOF-GC World Flyweight Championship, and is scheduled for later this year in Japan.

Also on the main card, fan-favorite and boxing superstar, Philippines’ Jujeath Nagaowa (3-0), defeated Japan’s Yuko Kiryu (2-3) via unanimous decision.

The main card started with a title fight, featuring the featherweight champion of WSOF-GC’s affiliate, Underground Battle MMA (UGB-MMA). “The Wolverine” Ahmed Mujtaba (7-0) successfully defended his title by making quick work of Philippines’ Neil Larano (2-1) with a triangle choke just 1:08 into the first round.

The night’s swing bout showcased a spirited contest between Brazil’s Nayara Hemily (4-3) against Philippines’ Jenelyn Olsim (2-1). Nayara was able to finish the fight in the second round with a rear-naked choke.

Homegrown talent Jujeath Nagaowa debuts at WSOF-GC Philippines with a win against Yuko Kiryu of Japan.

Homegrown talent Jujeath Nagaowa debuts at WSOF-GC Philippines with a win against Yuko Kiryu of Japan.

On the undercard, two fighters making their pro debuts left the Global Decagon with victories. Malaysia’s Kelvin Ong (1-0) defeated Philippines’ Jessdan Dela Pena (0-2) via TKO in the second round. United States’ Katherine Roy (1-0) defeated Singapore’s May Ooi (2-2) via unanimous decision.

The fight that stole the show though, was the exciting, hard-hitting match featuring an international rivalry. Pakistan’s Uloomi Karim (6-3) handed India’s Yadwinder Singh (5-1) his first pro loss by unanimous decision. In a very emotional, and well-deserved sign of respect for one another’s countries, the two warriors posed together with their country flags to show a unity between the two nations. It was an emotional moment and both fighters represented their countries with honor and pride. It was truly “Fight of the Night” in more ways than one.

Official Results:
  • Evgeny Erokhin (15-4) defeats Richard Odoms (11-3) via KO R1 1:11 – Referee Jetro Chungalayo
  • Keremuaili Maimaitituoheti (6-3) defeats Mario Sismundo (3-2) via rear-naked choke R2 2:57 – Referee Noriel Akeysho
  • Yusaka Nakamura (13-4-1) defeats Tim Moore (10-6) via UD 30-27/30-27/30-27 – Referee Chungalayo
  • Jujeath Nagaowa (3-0) defeats Yuko Kiryu (2-3) via UD 30-27/30-27/30-27 – Referee Nicolas Bassig
  • Lawrence DiGiulio (18-8-1) defeatus Marcel Adur (11-5) via SD 29-28/28-29/30-27 – Referee Akeysho
  • Ahmed Mujtaba (7-0) defeats Neil Larano (2-1) via triangle choke R1 1:08 – Referee Akeysho
  • Nayara Hemily (4-3) defeats Jenelyn Olsim (2-1) via rear-naked choke R2 3:50 – Referee Bassig
  • Kelvin Ong (1-0) defeats Jessdan Dela Pena (0-2) via TKO R2 0:24 – Referee Chungalayo
  • Uloomi Karim (6-3) defeats Yadwinder Singh (5-1) via UD 30-27/30-27/29-28 – Referee Bassig
  • Katherine Roy (1-0) defeats May Ooi (2-2) via UD 30-27/30-27/30-27 – Referee Noriel Acquisio

World Series of Fighting Global’s ultimate mission is to bring together the best athletes from countries and organizations across the world to compete for a true, globally-recognized world champion.

Disclaimer: This is an official press statement from PR and printed in whole.

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Five Filipino MMA Fighters Face Contenders in World Series of Fighting Global Championship


World Series of Fighting – Global Championship announced five exciting matches featuring Filipino mixed martial arts fighters in its fight card for the upcoming event WSOF-GC3 on July 30, 2016, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Filipino MMA fighters will take on the world in the inaugural WSOF event in the Philippines as they face their respective opponents from China, Brazil, Pakistan and two from Malaysia.

Mario Sismundo (3-1) will be in the spotlight as the co-main event, when he takes on China’s Keremuaili Maimaitituoheti (5-3). Mario’s charisma and charm has captivated the Philippines’ fan base. The relationship between Philippines and China has been toxic due to disputes over territories in West Philippines Sea and South China Sea.  This fight will have national pride on the line.

The feature female bout of the night showcases Jujeath Nagaowa (2-0), a former professional boxer who won the WBC Asian Boxing Council Female Atomweight Title and WIBA International Light Flyweight Title.  The “Bad Girl” will be taking on Malaysia’s Audreylaura Boniface (1-1), who is a doctor in her daily profession. 

The lead fight on the undercard features undefeated rising MMA prospect, Neil Larano (2-0). He will be taking on Pakistan’s Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba (6-0).  With neither of these fighters having tasted defeat before, this is sure to be a spectacular match.

Jenelyn Olsim (2-0) is coming off an impressive win against Australia’s Claire Fryer.  Her undefeated record will face a whole new test against Brazil’s Nayara Hemily (3-3).

Rounding out the action is local Underground Battle MMA (UGB-MMA) matchmaker, Jessdan Dela Pena, who will welcome the pro debut of Malaysia’s Kelvin Ong.

“I have goosebumps!” Jason Lilly, Vice President of Operations and Matchmaker for WSOF-GC. “This is such an exciting concept – Philippines Versus the World.  We used a similar concept in Japan with the international fighters winning 5-3. The fans are the real winners here. This is an opportunity for them to see other international combatants against some of their local heroes. It also gives Filipino fighters a chance to measure themselves against their counterparts. I can say with certainty that there has never been an event like this here in Philippines.”

World Series of Fighting Global Philippine x The World Filipino MMA fighters with WSOF executives during the press launch at Novotel, Araneta Center.

World Series of Fighting Global Philippine x The World Filipino MMA fighters with WSOF executives during the press launch at Novotel, Araneta Center.

“WSOF-GC Owner, Dunesa Hesser, adds, “If that wasn’t exciting enough, one lucky fan is going to win one million pesos the night of the fight. We have been working with TicketNet and DTI to make this event extra special for one lucky fan. We will announce the winning ticket number during the fight. Someone other than the winning fighters is going to be walking away with a big smile that night.”

The main event features the WSOF-GC Heavyweight Championship title. Evgeny Erokhin (14-14) will defend his title against the number contender Richard Odoms (11-2).

Two matches will feature Flyweight Tournament, where the winners will fight for the WSOF Flyweight Championship Title in the future. The fight card includes Yusaku Nakamura (12-4) vs. Tim Moore (10-5), and Lawrence DiGuilio (17-8-1) vx. Marcel Adur (11-4).

WSOF-GC will host WSOF-GC 3 Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 30, 2016. Tickets start at Php300.00 with ringside seats available for Php4,000.00. Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketnet.com.ph/WSOF-GC3-PHxWorld.

Smart Araneta Coliseum has been host to many great events over the years, but is most notably known for Ali vs Frazier III “The Thrilla in Manila”.

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

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

***This is an official press statement from One Fighting Championship.

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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