Above is the commercial being aired in on ESPN Star Sports in about half a billion homes across Asia for ONE Fighting Championship. The new promotion is bursting out of Singapore, backed with some serious cash and helmed by an experienced promoter in Victor Cui. ONE is looking to fill the void in Asian MMA left after the loss of PRIDE, DREAM, and Sengoku, and thus far, they’ve been doing it right.
In case you missed it the first time we mentioned it, there’s a good bit of buzz surrounding the ONE FC rules set, which allows for soccer kicks, knees, and elbows. Unlike most Japanese MMA shows, however, the promotion will use a cage. “The rules are taking the best of Pride FC and the best of UFC,” Cui says.
ONE FC’s first show Champion vs Champion goes live tomorrow morning at 8AM ET, and you can get it free via a Sherdog stream… unless you live in Singapore. Then you’ll probably just go. Either way, you need to plan on being awake in about twenty four hours.
Come on inside for a couple more videos and the full card.
Commercial featuring Mitch Chilson, another Singaporean pro fighter.
ONE’s theme music, which will be on every MMA highlight reel made in the next 72 hours.
155 Pounds: Eduard Folayang (Philippines) vs A Sol Kwon (South Korea)
170 Pounds: Yoshiyuki Yoshida (Japan) vs Phil Baroni (Don’t act like you don’t know)
145 Pounds: Mitch Chilson (Singapore) vs Eric Kelly (Philippines)
170 Pounds: Gregor Gracie (Brazil) vs. Seok Mo Kim (South Korea)
155 Pounds: Andy Wang (Republic of China) vs. Zorobabel Moreira (Brazil)
125 Pounds: Radeem Rahman (Singapore) vs Susovan Ghosh (India)
135 Pounds: Soo Chul Kim (South Korea) vs Leandro Issa (Brazil)
155 Pounds: Vuyisile Colossa (South Africa) vs Ma Xing Yu (Republic of China)
135 Pounds: Daniel Mashamaite (South Africa) vs Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai (Thailand)
160lbs Catchweight: Eddie Ng (Hong Kong) vs Yuan Chun Bo (Republic of China)
Ok, Nation, who ya got?
No seriously, I don’t know half these guys. Should be a fun show, but I’m not betting on any of this. Who ya got?