One Fighting Championship, known as the largest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia, is coming to Manila with a loaded card that is set to rock the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday, August 31 in what could be the largest MMA event in the history of the country! An even better news: they're bringing in the biggest Asian superstar in the sport Shinya Aoki!
Known as "Tobikan Judan" or "The Grandmaster of Flying Submissions," Aoki is a former DREAM Lightweight Champion and Shooto Welterweight Champion widely regarded for his highly creative submission holds. The Japanese superstar has won bouts by means of a mounted gogoplata, a hammerlock, an achilles lock, a neck crank, and a dozen rear naked chokes. Aoki simply is considered by fight magazines as the greatest submission artist of all time, so that pretty much says a lot.
Also featured in the fight card is former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, who holds notable victories over Fabricio Werdum, Tim Sylvia, Roy Nelson, and Ben Rothwell in his 13-year career. He will be facing off against Soa "The Hulk" Palelei, who is coming off a seven-fight win streak, all achieved by means of knockout.
URCC Champion and Pinoy pride Eduard Folayang will also be participating in the event. The hero of the Philippines will represent his country once again on an international stage after doing us proud and legitimizing our country's presence in Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotions. URCC Featherweight Champion Eric Kelly meanwhile will face a former UFC Lightweight Champion in Jens "Lil Evil" Pulver!
And for the main event, One FC will be pitting former DREAM Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes against CFC Australia Champion Gustavo Falciroli. Both long in demand among UFC scouts, Bibiano will be looking to make his promotional debut with flying colors while Gustavo will be aiming to get past a pound for pound Bantamweight king. Holy shit we're reeling from excitement!
"We have put together the greatest card in ONE FC history for our Manila event," says CEO Victor Cui, who partnered with URCC founder Alvin Aguilar for their Philippine leg. "When you put Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes on the same card, one can expect nothing less than an epic night of world-class MMA action like Manila has never seen before. Manila is the fight capital of Asia and I want to bring the best fighters in Asia to the awesome fight-fans of this great city."
Tickets for One FC: Pride of a Nation will be on sale tomorrow through TicketNet outlets located at the SM Department Store customer service area and at the Smart Araneta Coliseum ticket booth. For inquiries and reservations, please call +63-911-5555. Tickets are priced at P4,500 (VIP), P2,000, P650, P500, and P200 respectively. One FC officials are strongly advising everyone to book your tickets early, because no MMA fan would dare miss an opportunity to see "Tobikan Judan" live in action. Apir!