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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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.

Ben Askren Headlines One Fighting Championship: Honor and Glory


Ben Askren

Ben Askren

ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization with a 90% market share, impressed the sold-out crowd in attendance at the iconic Singapore Indoor Stadium with another night of world-class mixed martial arts action.

In the main event of the evening, Ben Askren proved once again why he is considered the best welterweight in the world by submitting Bakhtiyar Abbasov and extending his undefeated professional mixed martial arts record to 13 wins.

Early on during his open workout at Ultimate Fitness Gym in Manila, Askren talked about his fighting style, “I’m going to do what I have to do. I am Ben Askren, and that’s how I fight and will always going to fight. It’s a level of perspective. I’m going to do what I need to do.”

The name Ben Askren apparently comes a long with facing the pressure. “I love it! You got to embrace the pressure. I have the pressure for a reason. I’m undefeated and I know there’s a target on my back and I want everybody to give me their best fight. I don’t want easy fights,” he further added.

Having had the chance to workout in the Phlippines, Askren is also looking forward to an opportunity to teach wrestling to aspring Filipino MMA fighters. “I will love to get that opportunity. The Philippines have produced so many great fighters and if I get that chance, I will definitely do it!”

Ben Askren made a successful ONE FC debut by overcoming Azerbaijan’s Bakhtiyar Abbasov. The Azerbaijani began the bout impressively by taking Askren down, but Askren’s wrestling pedigree shone through. He reversed the position from the bottom and dominated the rest of the round by holding a hapless Abbasov down, and finished the bout with an arm-triangle submission. In his post-fight victory, Askren called out current ONE FC Welterweight World Champion Nobutatsu Suzuki to defend his belt in their next scheduled bout.

Caros Fodor proved once again why he is considered one of the best lightweights in ONE FC by finishing Willy Ni of the Netherlands. Ni dived on a guillotine choke attempt almost immediately from the opening bell, but Fodor survived the early scare and began to rain down shots from inside Ni’s guard. Fodor moved to side control and finished the bout with a kimura that forced Ni to tap out.

Major Overall surprised the crowd by knocking out Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and the previously undefeated Bruno Pucci. Pucci’s grappling prowess was on display early as he had Overall in danger with both a body triangle and a mounted position, but Overall managed to escape. The American then landed a left hook that dropped Pucci and followed it up with a kick to the head that finished the fight.

Radeem Rahman kicked off the main card by becoming the only Singaporean to notch two wins in the ONE FC cage. His opponent, Malaysia’s Raymond Tan, won the early striking exchanges, knocking Rahman down twice in the first round. Rahman resiliently fought back, taking Tan down early in the second round. Rahman never gave the Malaysian an opportunity to get back to his feet, and finished the fight with a barrage of strikes from mount. Referee Yuji Shimada jumped in to stop the bout as the Singapore crowd erupted in cheers.

Casey Suire kicked off ONE FC: HONOR & GLORY with an impressive display of both striking and grappling. The American knocked Langdown down with a crisp left hook. He then pounced on top of Langdown, and patiently advanced his position. He eventually succeeded in securing the Singaporean’s back and finished the fight with a rear naked choke less than four minutes into the first round.


Official results for ONE FC: HONOR & GLORY

  • Welterweight bout: Ben Askren defeats Bakhtiyar Abbasov by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 4:21 minutes of round 1
  • Lightweight bout: Vincent Latoel defeats Eddie Ng by Knockout at 3:16 minutes of round 1
  • Lightweight bout: Caros Fodor defeats Willy Ni by Submission (Kimura) at 3:29 minutes of round 1
  • Featherweight bout: Major Overall defeats Bruno Pucci by Knockout at 2:52 minutes of round 1
  • Heavyweight bout: Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani declared No Contest 
  • Bantamweight bout: Radeem Rahman defeats Raymond Tan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:14minutes of round 2
  • Catchweight bout: Nik Harris defeats Brad Robinson by Split Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
  • Bantamweight bout: Casey Suire defeats Stephen Langdown by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:41 minutes of round 1

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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

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