ONE Fighting Championship announces full card for inaugural show

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ONE Fighting Championship have announced the line up for their inaugural card..

Bas Rutten, will be heading back to the booth to provide color commentary.

The rules are not finalized but are likely to be a mix of PRIDE and the Unified rules. Knees from any position are allowed, as long as it isn’t on the back of the head. Upkicks are allowed. Soccer kicks and stomps are allowed. Elbows are allowed.

Main Card

Eduard Folayang (Philippines) vs. Ole Laursen (Denmark / Philippines) – 155 lbs
Eduard Folayang–largely considered the best Filipino fighter living in the Philippines will be putting his 9-1 professional record against K-1 Max legend Ole Laursen. After a submission loss to Caol Uno and a decision loss to Genki Sudo in 2006–Ole has won 5 in a row, including an impressive win against top regarded Brazilian Edu Pachu. The winner of this fight should be close to a UFC contract.

Yoshiyuki Yoshida (Japan) vs. Phil Baroni (USA) – 175 lbs catchweight
Baroni is going to be stepping into the cage against 5x UFC veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida of Japan. (The same Yoshida who choked out War Machine)

Mitch Chilson (Singapore/USA) vs. Eric Kelly (Philippines) – 145 lbs

Gregor Gracie (Brazil) vs. Wang Sai (China) – 170 lbs
Gregor Gracie of Team Renzo will be facing Wang Sai of China. Wang Sai is a member of the China Top Team–which currently trains the only Chinese fighter signed to UFC contract–Tiequan Zhang.

Andy Wang (China) vs. Zorobabel Moreira (Brazil / Singapore):- 155 lbs
TUF and UFC vet Andy Wang will be facing former World Champion BJJ player Zoro Moreira.

Prelim Card

Radeem Rahman (Singapore) vs. Susovan Ghosh (India) – 125 lbs

Soo Chul Kim (Korea) vs. Leandro Issa (Brazil / Singapore) – 135 lbs

Vuyisile Colossa (South Africa) vs. Wang Ya Gi (China) – 155 lbs
Wang is a Sanda World Champion, while Colossa is a former Muay Thai champion. On most stylistic match ups like this, Sanda usually has an advantage cause they have the wrestling base to take opponents down when they need to. This specific match up will most likely be an exception though. Wang is unlikely to take this to the ground, and even if he does, Colossa has a rapidly improving ground game to compliment his top notch striking. Expect this to be an entertaining stand up battle with Colossa getting the better on the exchanges.

Daniel Mashamaite (South Africa) vs. Yodsanan Sityodtong (Thailand) – 135 lbs
World Boxing Champion Yodsanan Sityodtong will be making his MMA debut against former Muay Thai champion Daniel Mashamaite of South Africa.

Eddie Ng (Hong Kong) vs. Wu Chengjie (China) – 160 lbs catchweight