ONE Fighting Championship is now known as ONE Championship

30 Jan 2015 8:59 pm Posted by jjwakrat

Originally posted at TheFightNation.com

ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion, is going through a re-branding exercise of sorts. The promotion, usually referred to as ONE FC, will now be known as ONE Championship.

From what we understand, this is merely for branding purposes and will not have any effect on the company or its future events, other than the fact that ONE FC hashtags would look kinda funny. Come on, #ONEFC is way better than #ONEC.

Here’s their official logo moving forward:

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Many Pacquiao v Floyd Mayweather fight to be finalised ‘in days’

6:55 pm Posted by jmorley

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum says £165m fight will go ahead after the the two fighters met in Miami earlier this week

Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

 

Days away: a deal for the mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is reported to be imminent Photo:FameFlynet.uk.com

Manny Pacquiao‘s promoter Bob Arum says the £165 million mega-fight between the Filipino and Floyd Mayweather should be finalized in “the next couple days” on Friday after the two boxers met in Miami this week. “We’re looking to complete the paperwork. Everything is moving in the right direction. Hopefully, the next couple of days it will get done,” said Arum.

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Tommy Toe Hold Show. Where you at Nick Diaz??!

8:56 am Posted by jmorley

Unsung Japanese prospect Takeshi Kasugai gets an unlikely shot at gold in Korea’s ROAD FC

8:39 am Posted by jjwakrat

ROAD FC Flyweight contender Takeshi KasugaiROAD FC Flyweight contender Takeshi Kasugai, courtesy Emilio Yassuo Inafuku for Fight2Live.net

Takeshi “Agar” Kasugai took a high stakes, high profile last minute fight against number one contender Song Min-Jong for the ROAD FC interim Flyweight title on February 1, 2015 in Seoul. He’ll aim to stand out in his first live broadcast fight.

Kasugai has flown under the radar, even for fans of Japanese MMA. He’s been fighting professionally since 2009 and he can claim some big wins over current champions. In fact, Kasugai’s first fight was against current HEAT Champion Kazuma Sone, who is now a training partner.

In DEEP, Kasugai’s decision over Naoyuki Kato and armlock finish of current Champ Yuki Motoya led him to his regional promotion of HEAT where he won decisions over both Fumihiro Kitahara and current Bantamweight Champ Motonobu Tezuka (in a non-title bout).

Kasugai’s record now stands at an impressive 14-3-1, with his only loss in the last four years being a decision given up to former SHOOTO Champ and VTJ Tournament Winner Ogikubo. To put it succinctly, he’s on fire.

Kasugai is ripe for a title challenge and ironically it comes in the form of the ROAD FC belt in Korea, his first fight abroad. He’ll be facing a very hungry and able Song Min-Jong, a well-rounded, aggressive, and persistent fighter who is making his third try for gold.

Asia MMA spoke with Kasugai shortly before his match regarding his thoughts on joining ROAD FC and fighting in Korea, his past stellar opponents, and his ultimate goal for 2015.

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ROAD FC 21 Main Card Preview: Kim Soo-Chul takes on Wagner Campos

29 Jan 2015 10:14 am Posted by jjwakrat

ROAD FC 21ROAD FC 21

Originally Posted by MMA-in-Asia.com

On February 1st, ROAD FC 21 will take place in Seoul, South Korea featuring a bantamweight clash between former ONE FC champion Kim Soo-Chul and TUF:Brazil alum Wagner Campos.  

Kim Soo-Chul: Fighter Breakdown

Kim Soo-Chul Courtesy of ROADFC.comKim Soo-Chul
Courtesy of ROADFC.com

Even though Kim Soo-Chul is only 23 years old, he has been competing professionally at a high level around Asia for the past half decade. He holds wins over some of the best fighters in the Pacific Rim region such as current UFC bantamweight Leandro Issa, ONE FC contender Kevin Belingon, and UFC veteran Issei Tamura. His career has not been without its ups and downs but since he is so young it is safe to say that he has a lot left in the tank.

The Team Force representative started his career back in 2010 as a featherweight for the Rising On organization. They pitted him against then champion Yasuhiro Kanayama for the title. Kim made it look easy by finishing the Japanese veteran via armlock late in the first round. This is particularly unusual because most fighters do not become a champion in their debut but it was a precursor of what was to come.

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Mizuki Inoue faces Alexa Grasso in a striker battle at Invicta FC 11

28 Jan 2015 9:58 pm Posted by jjwakrat

Invcta FC's Mizuki InoueInvcta FC’s Mizuki Inoue

Originally posted on mma-in-asia.com

Mizuki Inoue will have her third outing in Invicta as the co-main event against Alexa Grasso on Februay 27, 2015.

Invicta FC 11 will stream live on UFC Fight Pass from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, USA

Mizuki, at just 20 years of age, is ranked in or near the world’s rep ten women’s strawweights.  She is currently 8-3, riding one loss against Karolina Kowalkiewicz in Invicta 9, and that performance will indeed have taught her where she needs to tweak her game – and there isn’t much.

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Live from the Mall of Asia: announcing UFC Fight Night Manila on May 16th

9:49 pm Posted by jjwakrat

UFC Fight Night ManilaUFC Fight Night ManilaOriginally posted at MMA-in-Asia.com

SM Mall of Asia held a press conference on January 29, 2015 to announce a deal that would finally bring the UFC to the combat-hungry country of the Philippines on May 16, 2015 for UFC .

The invitation-only press conference was attended by Edgar C. Tejerero (President, SM Lifestyle & Entertainment Inc.), Hans Sy (President – SM Prime Holdings Inc.), Kenneth K. Berger (Executive Vice President & General Manager – Asia Ultimate Fighting Championship), and Scott Boyd (Senior Director, Media-Asia – Ultimate Fighting Championship).

In the press release provided, Tejerero stated that this will be the only UFC event in Southeast Asia in 2015.  Berger stated that this event kicks off the UFC’s plans for Asia in 2015.  Therefore, Singapore will not be scheduled, and there will be no events in Japan, Korea, or China before May.

More updates will be on included right here as they are announced.

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ONE FC 2015 schedule: Jakarta postponed, Kuala Lumpur & Manila confirmed, Singapore added

8:48 am Posted by jjwakrat

ONE FC 26 Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaONE FC 26 Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaOriginally posted on mma-in-asia.com

ONE FC has announced its 2015 schedule for the first events of the year, with the first outing being in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 13th.

A previously announced event in Indonesia on February 14th that featured standout Fransino Tirta versus an out-of-retirement Jens Pulver has been postponed; no explanation was provided. Additionally, the first ONE FC event in China for 2015, which was previously announced for February 6th, is not listed on the promotion’s page and has been removed from the Sherdog fight finder, therefore must be considered postponed as well.

ONE FC 25 will now be the Kuala Lumpur event at the Stadium Putra on March 13th, as Asia MMA previously reported as being headlined by Adriano Moraes’ Flyweight Championship defense against promotional newcomer Asuka “Shibuya Rick” Mikami.

Moraes is arguably the top flyweight in Asia right now. His incredible grappling is backed up by a well-rounded skill set, cardio, and intelligence. Mikami looks ripe on paper, but Moraes’ three subs in a row over the top of the division in ONE FC, plus a rousing battle with the always exciting Yusup Saadulaev will definitely make him the biggest threat the Japanese has ever take on.

Malaysian lynchpin fighters Peter Davis and Ann Osman will also be on the card, their opponents yet to be announced.

The next event, ONE FC 26, will take place in combat hungry Manila, Philippines on April 24th at the SM Mall Of Asia. The promotion has now confirmed a previous report that Welterweight Champion Ben Askren will be making his title defense against Luis “Sapo” Santos.

Askren has basically demolished what’s been thrown in front of him. Sapo, with over 70 profession MMA fights to his credit, is the only opponent the Olympic wrestler has faced who comes close to having put as much time in combat as has Askren. In any case, he’s ONE FC’s best challenger, having entered the promotion with a huge KO in under a minute of Bakhtiyar Abbasov.

ONE FC 27 has been announced for a return to the home base of Singapore on May 22nd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. No matches have been announced for the event.

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UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs Siver weigh in results & video

17 Jan 2015 9:40 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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You just can run away from McGregorMania, you just can’t. Arguably one of the UFC’s biggest draws, Conor McGregor will be facing Dennis Siver tomorrow at UFC Fight Night Boston. Boston, which has a massive Irish community, went crazy for the McGregor at the weigh ins earlier today.

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The card will also feature an exciting co-main event between Benson Henderson and Donald “The Cowboy” Cerrone. Cerrone took the fight with less than two weeks notice after picking up a huge victory of up and comer Myles Jury. In the preliminary card, TUF China winner Zhang Lipeng will be facing Chris Wade. Zhang, who is on a 2 fight win streak in the UFC, has been preparing for this fight at Asia’s top MMA gym, Evolve MMA.

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FULL FIGHT CARD HERE

WTF of the Day: Kimbo Slice reportedly signed by Bellator MMA

16 Jan 2015 10:37 am Posted by jjwakrat

Originally Posted at TheFightNation.com

You saw this coming. Come on, you definitely saw this coming. Kimbo Slice is making a return to the world of mixed martial arts.

Well, in a today climate where it’s okay for your world champion to do cocaine, we guess everything and anything is possible. Bellator has signed Kimbo Slice. Kimbo hasn’t competed in MMA since May 2010 after he lost to Matt Mitrione. Kimbo has a 4-2 fight record and has competed in EliteXC and the UFC.

Kimbo, who made his name as a street fighter who made it big on Youtube, started his MMA career red hot in EliteXC, defeating names such as Tank Abbot and Jame Thompson. However, critics felt that Kimbo was just a manufactured fighter whose place was on the street. Kimbo suffered his first loss at the hands of Seth Petruzelli who took just 14 seconds to knock him out.

Kimbo then made his way to the UFC, entering the promotion’s reality show, The Ultimate Fighter. He was obviously the center of attention on the show but loss to Roy Nelson. He would then move on to beat Houston Alexander and lose to Matt Mitrione in the UFC.

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