ONE FC reveal plan for Asian domination

by Matthew Roth | source:

With all the coverage that ONE FC has been getting, it was easy to forget that the new promotion which aims to be the biggest and best in Asia, hasn't launched. That all changed the other day with the official press conference in Singapore at which the true extent of the ambition of the organizers was revealed.

The main news to emerge was that ONE FC plans on putting on shows all over Asia, and they plan on doing it in the next three years.

This is the three year schedule for live events which was announced:

Year 1: Singapore, Macau, Seoul, Jakarta, Shanghai, Bangkok
Year 2: Singapore, Macau, Seoul, Jakarta, Shanghai, Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta, KL
Year 3: Singapore, Macau, Seoul, Jakarta, Shanghai, Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta, KL, Mumbai, Shanghai

It seems that the 12,000 capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium where the first show will be taking place on September 3rd is simply the launch pad. After putting on a show or two in this venue, the biggest indoor arena in South Asia, the promotion will be heading on a tour of major Asian cities. The stated aim of CEO/President Victor Cui has been to being the sport to a new generation of fans and he obviously intends to do that by putting on cards in countries which remain relatively untouched by the international MMA explosion, such as as Indonesia and Thailand.

A list of names was also released and it is as eclectic as it is impressive:

Yodsanan Sityodtong: WBA Boxing World Champion

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Gregor Gracie: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
Igor Gracie: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
Rolles Gracie: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
Zorobabel Moreira: BJJ World Champion

Mixed Martial Arts
Kevin Bellingon: URCC FC Champion
Mitch Chilson: 2x MCFC Champion
Leandro Issa: BJJ World Champion and MCFC Champion
Adam Kayoom: Malaysia Champion and XFC Champion
Eric Kelly: URCC FC Champion
Soo Chul Kim: Risingon FC Champion
Kwang Hee Lee: Spirit MC Champion
Malik Arash Malawyi: Afghanistan Champion and MCFC Champion
Eddie Ng: Total Combat FC Champion

Muay Thai
Anuwat Kaesamrit: 6x Muay Thai World Champion
Ole Laursen: Muay Thai World Champion and K1 Veteran
Orono Wor Petchpun: 5x Muay Thai World Champion
Yoddecha Sityodtong: Muay Thai World Champion
Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn: 6x Muay Thai World Champion

San Da, CMA
Eduard Folayang: Wushu and MCFC Champion
Bao Li Gao: Sanda World Champion
Zhao Zhi Long: Sanda World Champion
Ba Teer: Sanda World Champion

The 'champion vs champion' theme has created some genuine excitement in the MMA world. The concept of seeing fighters who are genuinely the best in the world in their particualr discipline is one which fans will love.

Almost every single fighter on that roster is at the start of their MMA career and has a lot of potential. Although many of them are decorated martial artists, their MMA careers are in their infancy and it will be exciting to see how these fighters develop.

We won't really be able to judge until September 3rd when the show, which will hopefully be streamed live, happens. ONE FC is ticking all the right boxes in the build up.

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Sources close to MMA-JAPAN have informed us that OneFC will institute PrideFC rules combined with Unified rules.  To elaborate, the fights will be in a cage, they will allow soccer kicks, head stomps, and they will permit the use of elbows. 

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tags: ONE Fighting Championship   Gregor Gracie   Igor Gracie   Rolles Gracie   


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Ligeia420 site profile image  

9/2/11 1:59 AM by Ligeia420

 Saturday.. 8 AM EST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fuck sherdog but cool for streaming it!! don't fuck up

Calavaro site profile image  

8/18/11 1:56 AM by Calavaro

QUOTE: " Ole Laursen has injured his knee and will be unable to compete on September 3 at CHAMPION vs CHAMPION.  URCC Champion Eduard Folayang (9-1) will now face the very dangerous HEAT FC Champion A Sol Kwon (19-6) from Korea in what will be an explosive matchup between two hard hitting KO strikers." Source: Always bad to see knee injuries reported. I'm looking forward to the event in any case.

crazydave site profile image  

8/18/11 12:54 AM by crazydave

 A lot of bad motherfuckers on that list.

Ray Elbe site profile image  

8/18/11 12:20 AM by Ray Elbe

Pretty sure it will be tape delay on AXN...might be ESPN STAR Sports though...I'll post exact air dates when I have em'...pretty bummed about Ole's injury...however the Korean replacement is tough

rockwell site profile image  

8/17/11 10:59 PM by rockwell

 Fucking awesome news! If it streams on sherdog it'll be a shitty stream unless they sort their shit out.

kburn site profile image  

8/17/11 10:44 PM by kburn

just read that Ole Laursen is out with a knee injury.Ray - do you know what channel it'll be shown on in Thailand?

DoomFarmer site profile image  

8/17/11 10:28 PM by DoomFarmer

Wonder if there is a way o petition HDNET to pick this up. I have no interest in streaming fights

Asian Keyboard Warrior site profile image  

8/17/11 9:39 PM by Asian Keyboard Warrior

Wtf how are two fighters a deep roster. As i read op i only saw two fighters listed...1. Faka takwashilechi chen2. Touchmy Gracie

Ray Elbe site profile image  

8/17/11 9:24 PM by Ray Elbe

Gonna stream on Sherdog

TopGrinder site profile image  

8/17/11 9:16 PM by TopGrinder

 hope this muthfickin shit is on hdnet or something like it. Sounds interesting and very viable