ONE FC 14 launches their first card of the year in Malaysia with a Welterweight Title bout between Nobutatsu Suzuki and Brock Larson. The final bout announced is Kamal Shalorous versus Ariel Sexton.
Brock Larson will face front runner Nobutatsu Suzuki for the inaugural ONE FC Welterweight Championship on March 14, 2014. Both are 1-0 with the promotion, having overcome tough competition in respectively Melvin Manhoef and Phil Baroni. A bit of irony exists between the two in the ONE FC cage: both faced dangerous opponents and ended with unfortunate spotlights. There’s a now-infamous gif of Larson careening away from Manhoef’s punches that almost got him a yellow card, and Suzuki claims a still photo of a foot stomp right before Baroni went down with a gruesomely broken ankle.
The last bout announcement on the truly stacked card brings back Kamal Shalorous to face ONE FC-MIMMA co-promotion headliner Ariel Sexton. Both fighters made their mark on the fans with wins over their hometown favorite opponents in their respective first outings. Shalorous fought a back and forth war with Eduard Folayang in which the Filipino was stretched to his limit time and time again. Sexton laid Peter Davis to waste in front of a very disappointed crowd, yet earned respect from the increasingly savvy Malaysian audience. It could be called a striker-versus-grappler match, but both fighters have more well-rounded skills than that.
Impressive and constantly improving Filipino Kevin Belingon will take on new hot commodity Korean Kim DaeHwan. Belingon’s progressive outings following wrestling training have upped his game. Kim made his first appearance in the ONE FC cage a fiercely memorable one. This bout will be all action and fireworks. Yasuhiro Urushitani returns to ONE FC to face Adriano Moraes. Slippery Urushitani will need to put on all the stops because Moraes will be hungry to avenge a split decision in an incredible fight he had with Yusup Saadulaev. These two fighters have extremely different styles.
Shinichi ‘BJ’ Kojima finally faces Andrew Leone after the latter’s injury sidelined their last bout. This will be a fun, fast, and technical affair. Two of ONE FC’s most iconic fighters, Kotetsu Boku and Arnaud Lepont, will finally meet and tear the crowd in half for their cheering. Boku will be going for the KO, and likely Lepont will look to sink on a guillotine in the process. PXC Champ Harris Sarmiento now joins the ONE FC stable and will pit his first cage appearance against grappling guru Herbert Burns.
Peter Davis and Wes Jaya both bring Malaysian notice to the cage in respective amounts as idol meets coach. Sherilyn Lim and Ann Osman will look for a repeat of the highly entertaining bout they showed at their first. Saiful Merican and Khim Dima should put on a crisp striking display.
ONE FC 14
March 14, 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Brock Larson (37-7) vs Nobutatsu Suzuki (10-1-2)
Kevin ‘The Silencer’ Belingon (12-3) vs Dae Hwan Kim (9-0-1)
Yasuhiro Urushitani (21-6-6) vs Adriano ‘Mikinho’ Moraes (9-1)
Kamal ‘Prince of Persia’ Shalorus (8-3-2) vs Ariel ‘Tarzan’ Sexton (8-2)
Shinichi ‘BJ’ Kojima (13-5-5) vs Andrew Leone (6-2)
Kotetsu ‘No Face’ Boku (20-9-2) vs Arnaud ‘The Game’ Lepont (9-3)
Peter Davis (7-3) vs Wes Jaya (2-1)
Harris ‘The Hitman’ Sarmiento (36-25) vs Herbert ‘The Blaze’ Burns (2-0)
Sherilyn Lim (1-0) vs Ann ‘Athena’ Osman (0-1)
Saiful ‘The Vampire’ Merican (2-1) vs Khim Dima (0-1)
30 January 2014 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), presented by Tune Talk, has completed the ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS lineup with the addition of a clash of top Lightweights. Hard-hitting Iranian wrestler Kamal Shalorus will duel Jiu-Jitsu black belt Ariel Sexton.
Priority sales of tickets for ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS, presented by Tune Talk, is currently available till 31 January. Fans can enjoy 20% off tickets during priority sales. Special Pre-sale packages, which include a bronze ticket and a limited edition Ann Osman, Peter Davis or Arnaud Lepont T-shirt, are available for a limited time at MYR78. . Log on to www.AirAsiaRedTix.com for further details.
Tickets are priced at RM348 for the complete VIP experience that includes exclusive red carpet entrance, access to the VIP lounge and premium cage-side seating. The categories that follow are priced at RM248, RM148, RM98 and RM48 respectively. Booking fees and service charges apply.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC returns to the iconic city of Kuala Lumpur with what is expected to be the biggest sporting event held in Malaysia this year. ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS will see the inaugural ONE FC Welterweight World Champion crowned when knockout artist Nobutatsu Suzuki meets tenacious wrestler Brock Larson. The fight card is now complete with the addition of an exciting Lightweight matchup between Kamal Shalorus and Ariel Sexton. Fans in Malaysia and around the world can prepare for a night of thrilling world-class mixed martial arts action as the top mixed marital artists goes to war at ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS!”
Kamal ‘Prince Of Persia’ Shalorus is a former national wrestler who transitioned to mixed martial arts after mixed martial artists began to sought him out for his wrestling expertise. He began his career with a nine-fight unbeaten streak, and looks to get another streak going when he faces Jiu-Jitsu ace Sexton. Despite beginning his career as a wrestler, Shalorus has four knockout victories which showcase the power he possesses. His versatility will come in handy in the upcoming bout on 14 March.
Ariel ‘Tarzan’ Sexton is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt with an impressive record of eight wins and two losses. He was born in Canada but now lives in Costa Rica. After discovering Jiu-Jitsu in 2001, he quit his day job and dedicated his life to mastering the art, before transitioning to mixed martial arts. His grappling acumen was on full display in his eight wins, six of which he finished with a variety of submission moves. Kamal Shalorus will be the sternest test in his career and a victory will provide a huge boost to his title aspirations.
Fans in Asia can catch all the action live on STAR Sports. Check your local listings. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
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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.