One Fighting Championship - Eduard Folayang

One Fighting Championship - Ole Laursen

One Fighting Championship - Eduard Folayang

Screenshots above are from the official website of the (literally) bloody event, "One Fighting Championship".

Chosen because for Ole Laursen he actually would not participate in the fight as he has a serious knee injury. One would expect a Muay Thai world champion to have knees of steel...

And for Eduard Folayang, I am intrigued as he participated in this Mixed Martial Arts tournament using a wushu as a fighting style. Totally unheard of one using wushu in such an event, at least not according to Wikipedia article on Mixed Martial Arts. But you know what, he did well! He had won the first match against the Korean A Sol Kwon.

Gotta check the Net for the clip of their fights. YouTube too perhaps? Heh.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is getting big in Singapore, and a major event to mark that milestone was held for the first time at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Called One Fighting Championship, the event saw 20 fighters from various major martial arts fighting it out.

An almost sell-out crowd got a chance to witness some of the best fighters taking to the ring.

One of the big fights was between Mitch Chilson, an American based in Singapore, and Eric Kelly, a wushu practitioner from the Philippines.

The Filipino won by submission.

It was one of five main bouts for the night, in the maincard category involving the veterans.

Earlier, Singapore's first MiMA professional Radeem Rahman was in action in one of five bouts in the undercard category.

The Singaporean took on India's Karate Champion, Susovan Ghosh and his convincing victory over the Indian gave home fans much to cheer.

Radeem said: "I intend to knock him out but it finishes as technical knock out, it's not their fault TKO and KO is the same and I know I really did my best."

One Fighting Championship CEO and owner Victor Cui said: "This is the beginning of an explosion, One Fighting Championship, the people that got a chance to see this today, this is just a taste of how much better and bigger it's going to get. We have eight events planned for the next 12 months and we are going to be in every major single city in Asia."

From Channel NewsAsia, "S'pore holds Mixed Martial Arts event".

In his sunglasses, blue jeans and a leather jacket opened to display his six-pack, Phil Baroni stood out among the 20 mixed martial arts (MMA) combatants at the weigh-in for the One Fighting Championship at The Atrium@Cathay yesterday.

Self-styled as the "New York Bad Ass", the 35-year-old's swagger was deliberately choreographed to intimidate Japan's Yoshhiyuki Yoshida, his opponent in one of the main events at the Singapore Indoor Stadium at 7pm tonight.

Growled the American: "I want to let him know he is in for a fight. I am not here to be friends, take pictures and smile. After I kick his ass, I'll give him an autograph."

Baroni, an 11-year veteran and a psychology graduate, knows the value of using mind games. This will be his first meeting with Yoshida, a cage force champion who fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the United States and has a record of 12 wins and six losses.

The American has 14 wins and 13 losses.

Baroni was confident, telling Today: "I am going to blast him. He is in my way and I am going to do whatever I can to get him out of my way, as violently as possible. I expect to knock him out fast, and I expect to stomp on his head a couple of times, too."

Billed as the biggest MMA event in Asia, tonight's bouts will be beamed on television to over 500 million homes on the continent and will feature five main bouts with an equal number of undercards. Tickets were 94 per cent sold out at press time.

The event will mark the pro debut of Singapore's Radeem Rahman, who will face another new face, Indian karate champion Susovan Ghosh.

Though 10cm taller than his opponent, Radeem was cautious when he said: "I have a game plan ... I want to prove that I am not a one-dimension fighter, or a striker, but an all-rounder who is willing to go to the ground to fight it out.

"Win or lose, I am here to stay in MMA." Ian De Cotta.

From Today, "A show on the cards at One Fighting Championship". (03/09/11)

Universal Reality Combat Championship welterweight titleholder Eduard Folayang took a hard-fought decision over Heat champion A Sol Kwon in the One Fighting Championship “Champion vs. Champion” main event on Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The colorful South Korean import made it clear he would be no pushover, despite filling in last-minute for an injured Ole Laursen. Kwon baited Folayang from the outside, grinning in an attempt to force his opponent to overcommit. Thus, the even opening frame saw Folyang delivering hard low and inside leg kicks, followed by quick punching combinations. Initially, the Korean caught the kicks to counter with winging punches, both wobbling Folayang and breaking the nose of the Filipino champion.

Despite receiving a cut over the right eye from Kwon’s shots, “Landslide” pulled ahead in the second and third frames, smashing Kwon with sidekicks and blistering flurries into the cage. For his constant pressure and aggression, Folayang was awarded the unanimous decision, as well as a $5,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus, courtesy of One FC promoter Victor Cui.

With a visibly crooked broken nose, Folayang commented post-fight that he was confident he would have succeeded regardless.

“Well, I’m always blessed to win,” said Folayang. “I need to fight even though I’m hurt. I know I could win every round.”

From Sherdog, "Folayang Survives Broken Nose, Decisions Kwon in One FC". (03/09/11)

Prized Filipino fighter Eduard Folayang won’t give up on his national duties yet.

Despite his recent success in the more lucrative mixed martial arts, Folayang said he’s always more than ready to suit up for the Philippine wushu team.

“You always give back to your country and my own way is to play for the national team,” said Folayang. “As long as they need my service, I’m always willing to play.”

Folayang, who holds a 9-1 record (5 KOs), was slated to fight South Korea’s veteran A Sol Kwon (19-6) in the main event of the inaugural One Fighting Championship Saturday night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium here.

The anticipated lightweight bout was one of the 10 fights featuring some of the sport’s top draws, including the popular Phil Baroni of the United States, who returned to the welterweight division against Japan’s Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

With Folayang’s successful run in just five years in the MMA, the Southeast Asian Games wushu champion admits to liking his new sport more.

“You learn so many disciplines in the MMA, you don’t just stick to one sport,” said Folayang. “I also like it because it’s a player’s sport. Even if it looks like you’re about to lose, there’s always a chance of winning the fight.”

Folayang, a Baguio native who trains with the Lakay Wushu team, also hopes to be the first homegrown Filipino to make a mark in the world MMA stage. Most of the renowned Filipino fighters like Brandon Vera and Mark Muñoz were raised in the United States.

“I’m enjoying the MMA more now,” said the 26-year-old Folayang. “But I’ll still compete in wushu. In some ways, [the financial rewards] I get in the MMA also sustains my training allowance for the national team.”

Folayang hopes to pick up another gold in this November’s SEA Games, where he has dominated in the last two editions. He has also bagged a bronze in the 2005 World Wushu Championship aside from a silver (2006) and a bronze (2002) in the Asian Games.

From Inquirer Sports, "Singapore One Fighting: Folayang faces Kwon". (03/09/11)


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