Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pinoy MMA to be Dispayed in the International Scene Once Again at ONE FC: Reign of Champions

On August 29th, ONE Fighting Championship, the largest mixed martial arts organization in Asia, will host it's first ever fight card in Dubai. Dubbed "ONE FC: Reign of Champions", the event will feature three title bouts, a first for the organization.

ONE FC: Reign of Champions
The main event will be a five-round affair between Kamal Shalorus and Lightweight champion Shinya Aoki. The co-main event will see the ONE FC Welterweight title be up for grabs as Nobutatsu Suzuki defends against American MMA star Ben Askren.

The third title bout will be a contest for the Featherweight title, as Narantungalag Jadaambaa takes on champion Koji Oishi. Jadaambaa steps in to replace Pinoy fighter Eric Kelly, as "The Natural" had was not medically cleared in time to train and subsequently compete in the Dubai card after winning a war with Rob "Ruthless" Lisita to be named number one contender.

While the title bouts do not include Pinoy fighters, Filipino MMA is still featured prominently in the event with two fights.



"The Hurricane" Looks to Top MMA Debut with Win Over "Athena"

Ann "Athena" Osman vs. Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton
Twenty days after receiving a special award from the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton (1-0) takes on the pride of Malaysian WMMA, Ann Osman (0-1). Ana was recognized last August in Las Vegas, "For being the only athlete, male or female, to be competing at elite levels in both boxing and MMA", and looks to cap off her big month with a win over "Athena".

Ana winning 2014 Special Achievement Award from Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Article by the Asian Journal. Photos from Ana Julaton's official Facebook page.
The upcoming bout will be the second for the two-time World Champion in boxing, as she won her debut by knocking out Aya Saber at ONE FC: Rise of Heroes last May in Manila.



"The Spawn" Debuts against Dubai FC Champion


Vaughn "The Spawn" Donayre vs. Mohamad Walid
A little higher up in ONE FC's Dubai card will be Vaughn "The Spawn" Donayre, who will be making his debut for the organization. Currently sporting a pro-MMA record of 7-1, Vaughn will compete against Dubai FC champion Mohamad Walid (3-0) in a catch-weight bout.

While Walid is only 21 years old, he already holds the title of Dubai's best fighter. An undefeated welterweight, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt and Karate black belt will also have something of a size advantage over Donayre, as "The Spawn" usually competes at lightweight.

Vaughn "The Spawn" Donayre. Photo from The Spawn's Facebook page.

A pro since 2010, Vaughn, from Cebu, relocated to the UAE several months ago to pursue MMA full time, seeking more training and a chance to compete more internationally. An accomplished fighter who represented Deftac Cebu locally, he now trains out of the Champions Club in Dubai. Apart from starting his pro-career by winning seven straight fights, he is also an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, winning the gold in the 2010 Pan Asian Games.


Support Pinoy fighters Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton and Vaughn "The Spawn" Donayre by catching ONE FC: Reign of Champions on August 29 at the Dubai World Trade Center or live on pay-per-view at www.ONEFC.livesport.tv.

Friday, July 18, 2014

"The Hurricane" Now to Take on "Athena"

A couple of days ago, it was announced that Filipina World champion boxer Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton would have her second professional MMA fight at ONE Fighting Championship's first ever event in Dubai thic coming August. Her opponent was supposed to be against the debuting Irina Mazepa, a decorated Russian kickboxer and wushu parctioner making her MMA debut.

It seems however, that that match will no longer push through, as due to yet to be disclosed reasons, Mazepa is no longer part of the ONE FC: Reign of Champions card. In her place however, is the popular Ann "Athena" Osman.

"The Hurricane" vs. "Athena"
Osman was last seen in the ONE FC cage making her own MMA debut against Sherilyn Lim at ONE FC: Total Domination in Singapore. While Athena came up on the losing end of the bout, losing by split decision, the Malaysian mixed martial artist displayed great strength and wrestling skill. As the fight was close, it warranted a rematch, which unfortunately did push through however, due to Lim missing weight.

While the two fighters are basically new to the pro-MMA game, with Julaton winning her own ONE FC and MMA debut here in the Philippines last May, both have extensive experience in other combat sports. Julaton has won titles as a professional boxer, while Osman has competed at the amateur level in both MMA and Muay Thai.

Another intriguing factor in the fight will be weight, as Julaton competes at flyweight, which is a class higher than Osman's straw weight. While most may immediately cite Julaton as having the slight size advantage, a less strenuous weight cut may also play in the favor of Osman.

ONE FC: Reign of Champions
To see how it all goes down between two of the organization's most popular fighters, catch ONE FC: Reign of Champions this August 29th. The Dubai fight card will be headline by a bout between Shinya Aoki and Kamal Shalorus for the ONE FC World Lightweight Championship. The co-main event will also be a title bout, with Nobutatsu Suzuki defending his Welterweight Championship against American MMa star Ben Askren.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Truth Refuses to Be Denied: Brandon Vera Signs with ONE FC

After ending an 8-year run with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), many thought that Brandon "The Truth" Vera might step away from active competition. Not long after parting ways with UFC however, the Filipino-Italian fighter was signed by ONE Fighting Championship, the biggest MMA organization in Asia. The signing was announced via the organization's offical Twitter account, @onefcmma.

The Truth signs with the ONE FC.
Vera, 36, was at one point a highly touted talent, even considered a future champion, thanks to an amazing 8-0 start to his MMA career. With notable wins such as a finish over former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir, it seemed like the sky was the limit for Vera.

Unfortunately, issues with old management would keep him inactive for some time, and the bad experience from an invasion of a friend's home would end up further derailing The Truth's momentum. Those challenges coupled with health issues, put Vera in a spot where he seemingly could not pick up where he left off. After exploring the UFC's light heavyweight ranks and returning to heavyweight for what would be his final fight for the organization, Vera would finish with 5-7 record after his undefeated start.

While some of his losses in the UFC were definitive, it must be noted that he put up an exciting fight against former Pride and UFC Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, and dropped a rather questionable decision to former UFC Champion Randy 'The Natural" Couture.


Brandon "The Truth' Vera
Though he may no longer be the hot prospect that he was earlier in his career, Vera still poses a great threat to his new organization's LHW and HW divisions. The Truth's muay thai-centered style lends itself well to ONE FC's rules.

It has yet to be determined which weight class Vera will compete in, or when his debut for ONE FC will be, as he is still currently tending to a nagging hand injury. Known as the biggest MMA organization in Asia, ONE FC has a large Filipino fan base, with may top class Pinoy fighters in its roster. With his Filipino lineage, Vera will likely be considered for the organization's year end event in Manila.

For Filipino MMA fans and the ONE FC, The Truth's signing is a winning situation. For Vera, it is a fresh start and an opportunity to re-establish a winning situation of his own.