Sunday, November 30, 2014

Boxing Champions Look to Raise Pinay MMA Banner in MOA Arena Once Again

In less than a week, ONE Fighting Championship will be staging what is likely to be the biggest local mixed martial arts event of the year when it brings ONE FC: Warriors Way to the Mall of Asia Arena. 

ONE FC: Warrior's Way

December 5th looks to be an explosive night of fights as popular Pinoy fighters Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Rene Catalan, and former ONE FC Featherweight Champion Honorio Banario will be gracing the ONE FC cage once again. Highly regarded heavyweight and Fil-Am mixed martial artist Brandon Vera will also be making his promotional debut on the card.

"The Hurricane" and "Bad Girl" at ONE FC: Rise of Heroes. Photos property of ONE FC.

Not at all to be out done, returning Pinay fighters are also looking to earn second pro-MMA wins while electrifying the MOA Arena crowd. Successful boxers turned mixed martial artists Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton and Jujeath “Bad Girl” Nagaowa are also scheduled for bouts at Warrior’s Way.

Nagaowa in action. Photo property of ONE FC.

Nagaowa, a former WBC Asia Atomweight Champion, made her pro-MMA debut during ONE FC: Rise of Heroes, held last May at the MOA Arena. “Bad Girl” began her MMA career with a win over Jeet Toshi of India, whom she stopped via TKO in the second round. Jujeath aims to make it 2-0 at MOA Arena, and in MMA over all, when she meets Tharoth Sam.

Hailing from Cambodia, Sam is also undefeated at 2-0, with the renowned Kun Khmer fighter earning her latest victory via arm bar. While the styles vary, the bout looks to be a strike fest, with the two women looking to impose their wills and respective disciplines over the other.

Julaton throwing a left hook in her pro-MMA debut. Photo property of ONE FC.

Similar to Nagaowa, Ana Julaton also made her pro MMA debut at Rise of Heroes, earning a TKO victory against Egyptian kickboxer Aya Saeid Saber. Julaton then however, came up on the wrong end of a split decision against Ann “Athena” Osman at ONE FC: Reign of Champions, which was held last August in Dubai.

On December 5th, the former WBO and IBA Super Bantamweight champion will be meeting Walaa Abbas from Egypt, and will be looking to get back to her winning ways with the help of the home crowd. Abbas (2-1) on the other hand, will try to continue her current momentum, as the former national Egyptian kickboxing champion had recently racked up two consecutive wins.



To support these Pinay fighters and catch all the high stakes action live, tickets to ONE FC: Warrior’s way can be purchased via SM Tickets. Fans around Asia can also catch the action live on Fox Sports 1, while those in other areas can watch the live online stream at ONEFC.com.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rich Franklin in the Philippines to Promote ONE FC: Warrior's Way

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion and current ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) Vice President is visiting the Philippines to do promotional work for ONE FC: Warrior's Way. The upcoming ONE FC fight card is scheduled to go down this December 5th at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Promotional ad for Ace's appearance at the Asia Pacific BJJ Int'l.
Photo from the tourney appearance courtesy of Rich's official Facebook fan page.
Rich's first appearance was at last Saturday's Asia Pacific Brzilian Jiu Jitsu International held at the Mall of Asia's Music Hall. I was fortunate enough to meet the MMA legend and get a photo and have him sign a couple autographs:





Apart form the appearance at the BJJ tournament, "Ace" has, or will be, making appearances on Solar Sports Desk, Fox Sports Philippines, and DojoDrifter.com.

To learn more about Rich and his itinerary leading up to ONE FC: Warriors Way, follow him on Twitter at @RichFranklin. For more on the upcoming ONE FC event, visit www.ONEFC.com or view the complete fight week schedule here

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ONE Fighting Championship Releases Schedule of Events Leading Up to ONE FC: Warriors Way

One Fighting Championship, Asia's largest MMA organization with a 90% market share, just released its schedule of related events that lead up the next ONE Fight Night to be held in the Philippines. ONE FC: Warrior's Way is scheduled to happen on December 5, 2014 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.



For the entire week before the fight card, the promotion has schedules a series of events which can be attended by press and MMA fans in the country. Holding their first show in the Philippines in August of 2012, next month's ONE FC fight week is the first time the promotion has such a lead up towards a ONE FC fight night in the country.

Below is schedule courtesy of the ONE FC Official Facebook page:



For more information, interested parties can visit www.ONEFC.com. Tickets to ONE FC: Warrior's Way can be purchased online at via SM tickets. The fights can also be viewed live via pay-per-view at http://onefc.com/livestream.