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Mar 20, 2015
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City Of Dreams Manila's Grand Ballroom recently witnessed the unveiling of another awesome MMA event to be held in the Philippines: ONE: Valor Of Champions!

Scheduled to take place on April 24 at theMall of Asia Arena, the fight card also represents the start of the partnership between ONE Championship and City Of Dreams Manila to elevate the exciting sport of Mixed Martial Arts in the country. ONE: Valor Of Champions, which will be headlined by ONE FC welterweight champion Ben Askren's title defense against Brazilian contender Luis "Sapo" Santos, serves as the the entertainment duo's first offering.

Former UFC  middleweight champion and now ONE Vice-President Rich Franklin was present at the event to greet the media and was generous enough to share their exciting plans for 2015. "We're excited to be back here in the Philippines. This is our biggest market," said the MMA legend. "We always make sure to bring the biggest fights every time we come here—just like The Valor Of Champions, which is our biggest fight to date."

Also slated fight on April 24 is ONE Championship's latest recruit, Filipino-American MMA standout and FHM fitness expertt Mark "Mugen" Streigl (13-1). The grappling master will face undefeated American Casey Suire (5-0) on the undercard.

So, how's the camp going so far for your ONE Championship debut, Mark? "The training's good. [The] camp's good. I just moved to Singapore so I can train and focus full-time on my MMA career," said the former Baguio City resident. "The only thing that'll be a problem is the weight cut. That's why I'm glad that I'll be flying back to Singapore tonight so I can avoid some of the delicious Filipino foods."

In conjunction with the upcoming MMA event, City Of Dreams Manila also introduced two new games, "The Wheel Of Champions" and "Choose Your Champions." Running until April 25, participating gamers will get the chance to win over P12 million in prizes, including five winners of P100,000 worth of promotional chips! Click here and here for more details!


ONE: Valor Of Champions will be on April 24 at the Mall Of Asia Arena, fights start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at all SM Tickets outlets or purchase via online through www.smtickets.com!

Photography Mark Jesalva
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