Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization, ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), will return to Manila with its largest fight card to date on December 5, 2017. ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY is set to take place at the state-of-the-art MOA Arena in Manila. The main event will feature ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion, Bibiano Fernandes, who will defend his title against the undefeated Korean superstar, Dae Hwan Kim. ONE FC: WARRIOR’s WAY will also feature the highly anticipated ONE FC debut of Brandon “The Truth” Vera as he takes on Igor Subora of Ukraine.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™, Victor Cui, stated, “ONE Fighting Championship will hold nothing back as it returns for another night to remember at the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. Brandon Vera is a global Filipino mixed martial arts superstar, and ONE FC will finally give fans in the Philippines the opportunity to see him in action live for the first time! He’ll be tested against heavyweight standout Igor Subora. Also, bantamweight champ Bibiano Fernandes will have his hands full against the unbeaten and dangerous Dae Hwan Kim. We have some awesome fights lined up for fans in Manila as Warrior’s Way promises to be the biggest fight card of 2014!”
Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes is arguably the most decorated mixed martial artist in the world today. He is the reigning ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with multiple world Jiu-Jitsu tournament wins. He is currently on an eight fight winning streak and is unbeaten inside the ONE FC cage. Fernandes will take his dominance to the next level when he faces top Korean mixed martial artist, the undefeated Dae Hwan Kim.
Dae Hwan Kim is one of the best bantamweights to come out of South Korea and currently holds an unblemished record of 10 wins with no losses, with five of his wins coming by submission. The agile and crafty Kim defeated highly-touted Filipino contender Kevin Belingon in his last appearance inside the ONE FC cage to earn the opportunity to face the ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion, Bibiano Fernandes.
New ONE FC acquisition Brandon “The Truth” Vera will make his promotional debut and promises to wow fans in Manila as he competes in the Philippines for the first time in his career. Vera is an American mixed martial arts superstar with Filipino ancestry. He has an impressive mixed martial arts record of 12 wins and 7 losses. Vera has faced some of the top light heavyweights and heavyweights in the world. He is also a multiple-time grappling champion, a wrestler in the Air Force and high school. He also possesses excellent Muay Thai skills and some of the most powerful kicks in the business.
Former URCC heavyweight champion Igor Subora is currently riding a five fight win streak, with all of his wins coming by either submission or TKO/KO. He has never heard the final bell and looks to finish off his opponents within the distance. The Ukrainian is trained in Sambo and aims to demonstrate his elite grappling skills when he steps into the cage against Brandon Vera.
ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY is also set to be the organization’s fifth stop in the country, and the star-studded card, which will feature seven Filipino superstars taking on foreign opponents.
Jujeath Nagaowa, Ana Julaton, Rene Catalan, Honorio Banario, Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang and MMA superstar Brandon Vera are the seven Filipino stars set to feature on the card and the group form an impressive representation of the martial arts prowess of the Philippines. Both Jujeath Nagaowa and Ana Julaton have boxing pedigrees, with Julaton a former WBO and IBA Super Bantamweight Champion. Catalan, Banario, Belingon, and Folayang all have a long list of accolades in Wushu and Brandon Vera is a kickboxing champion and one of the most highly touted fighters in recent history. A win for any of the Filipino stars could put them up for title contention in a future event.
Jujeath Nagaowa is taking on Tharoth Sam, a female mixed martial arts pioneer from Cambodia. Julaton, who arguably had the loudest ovation at the last Manila event, will be back in action once again to take on Egyptian kickboxing champion Walaa Abbas. Julaton has been training with some of the top wrestling coaches in the states and is eager to showcase her new grappling chops in this bout.
Former ONE FC Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario will look to make the climb back into title contention, but he faces a stern test in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Herbert Burns. Belingon will be disappointed that he is not in the main event, considering he was dominating in a #1 contender bout against Dae Hwan Kim before succumbing to a submission. Dae now gets to compete in the main event and Belingon will be determined to gain a headlining spot.
Eduard Folayang has another stern test in Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin. Folayang has staked his claim for a title opportunity by defeating Vincent Latoel and former ONE FC Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu Boku, and a win over Nastyukhin will make it hard for the matchmakers to overlook his claims.
|ONE FC fighters Brandon Vera and Ana Julaton training with Coach Angelo Reyes at MP Training Club, located at Los Angeles, California.|
Fans around Asia can catch all the action live on FOX Sports 3. Check your local listings. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at onefc.com/livestream. The event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
Tickets for ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY on 5 December in Manila are on sale now at SM Tickets (smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box PHP 640 and General Admission PHP 220. Prices include ticketing fee. Pre-sale packages are currently available.
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About One Fighting Championship
With a 90%+ market share in Asia, ONE Fighting Championship is Asia's largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Fighting Championship™ has partnered with FOX and STAR Sports for an unprecedented 10-year cable television deal with a coverage that spans 70+ countries across the world.