I was able to witness the One FC Press Conference held in Midas Hotel last April 10, 2013.It was hosted by Anthony Suntay, one of the most renowned sports commentators and hosts in the Philippines. For those of you guys who are not familiar with MMA, MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world. It is the third most watched sport in the USA. It is a combination of the world’s most effective martial arts: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing and Wrestling. The birth of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as we know it today required a multi generational gestation period. It can be traced back to the first Shooto event in 1989 held in Japan. Japan in particular has been the birthplace and home of the most martial arts that the world is familiar with. The sport has progressed by leaps and bounds in the last two decades and has created its own slew of stars and fans alike. Today, a mixed martial arts fighter enters the legendary cage equipped with a wide ranging set of skills that would enable him to engage the opponent standing up or on the ground with equal versatility and dexterity. On his feet, a fighter will use traditional stand up methods such as strikes with the fists, elbows, knees and kicks- in an attempt to do as much damage as possible or knock out the opponent. As the fastest growing sport in the world, MMA continues to garner fans because of its raw, minimal rules, back to basic style of allowing the most free form of artistic expression for martial arts while fuelling the entire atmosphere with the adrenaline of a rock concert.
“MMA is the future of Martial Arts and is the fastest growing sport in Asia,” said the CEO and Owner of ONE Fighting Championship Victor Cui.” I am confident that One Fighting Championship will lead the way for the exponential growth of this sport in Asia. We will continue to bring the best martial artists in Asia and around the world to meet in the cage for epic battles where names will be made and remembered.”
The CEO of ONE FC, Mr. Victor Cui stated: “One FC will be back in the fight capital of Asia on May 31 with a stacked fight card that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping for the passionate Filipino fight fans. This event could possibly be the largest in One FC’s history and features the top names in MMA, headlined by One FC Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario. Of course, having one of the greatest fighters on earth fighting on this card in Manila is sure to be a special night for MMA. Bibiano Fernandes always brings his best when he steps into the cage. Close to 20,000 fans will pack out the SM Mall of Asia Arena to witness the greatest sporting spectacle in the world.”
ONE FC in association with Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) will return to the capital fight of Asia on Friday ,May 31 with the highly anticipated fist title defense of hometown hero ONE FC Featherweight World Champion Honorio “the Rock” Banario. Plus, pound for pound king Bibiano “the Flash” Fernandes will return to the famed ONE FC cage when he squares off against Japanese MMA sensation Koetsu Okazaki for the ONE FC Bantamweight Interim Title.
Tickets for the ONE FC: Rise to Power will be launched in Casino Filipino branches across the Philippines starting April 19 2013.
Fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The first two undercard fights are available for viewing free of charge and the main card fights will be available for purchase at jus US$ 9.99.
ONE FC Featherweight Champion Honorio “the Rock” Banario, a Filipino World Champion is one of the top Mixed Martial Artists in the world today. He is a member of the legendary Team Lakay where he trains alongside fellow ONE FC fighters Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon under head coach Mark Sangiao. Banario comes from a Wushu background, an ancient Chinese martial art whose practitioners are recognizable by a diverse range of striking techniques. Despite his striking credentials, five of Banario’s eight wins were by submission, proving his fellow countrymen Eric Kelly at ONE FC: Return of Warriors via TKO. Banario will be looking to hold onto his title when he battles the ever so tough submission specialist from Japan, Koji Oishi.
Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes is undeniably one of the best fighters in the world today. His never-ending gas tank, explosive take downs and lightning fast strikes have garnered him a huge fan base amongst Asian and International fans alike. Fernandes made his ONE FC debut in August 2012 at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation where he defeated journeyman Gustavo Falciroli via unanimous decision. A veteran who has fought countless Japanese fighters, Fernandes will have his toughest test yet when he battles Japanese sensation Koetsu Okazaki.
ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP is headquartered in Singapore; ONE Fighting Championship (http://www.onefc.com) is Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization. ONE Fighting Championship hosts the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions on the largest media broadcast in Asia. One Fighting Championship has partnered with STAR Sports, the number one leader in sports content, for an unprecedented 10-year cable television deal with a coverage that spans across 70+ countries in Asia.
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