ONE FC 23 takes place in Manilla, Philippines on December 5, 2014. Four more bouts have been added to the event, including three well-known Filipinos, Eduard Folayang, Rene Catalan, Ana Julaton and Jujeath Nagaowa.
Folayang, a staple and legend on the Philippines MMA scene, will make his second appearance this year against ONE FC newcomer Timofey Nastyukhin. Folayang’s striking and durability has racked him up a record of 4-2 in ONE FC with notable victories over ROAD FC Lightewight Champ Kwon A-Sol and Japanese stalwart Kotetsu Boku.
Nastyukhinis a relative unknown with a pancration background and a record of all finishes. His jump into the international spotlight came from his last bout in Absolute Championship Berkut 9, the same card that launched new ONE FC Middleweight Champion Igor Svirid into the promotion.
Wushu gold medalist Rene Catalan will have his third shot in ONE FC and will be hoping for better luck than his first loss and second No Contest, but it will be a tough hill to climb against impressive Muay Thai champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke who is 3-0.
Filipina boxing champion Ana Julaton will make her third fight in a year when she attempts to bounce back from a loss to Ann Osman. Her match will be against Egyptian Walaa Abbas, the teammate of her first foe, Aya Saber. Abbas is making her MMA debut.
Finally, another Filipina boxing champ Jujeath Nagaowa will face Khun Khmer fighter Tharoth Sam in what should be a fun and active battle, as both are new in their careers and as yet undefeated.
ONE FC 23
December 5, 2014
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Dae Hwan Kim
Brandon Vera vs. Igor Subora
Kevin Belingon vs. Koetsu Okazaki
Honorio Banario vs. Herbert Burns
Roger Gracie vs. James McSweeney
Jake Butler vs. Sylvain Potard
Eduard Folayang vs. Timofey Nastyukhin
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Rene Catalan
Ana Julaton vs. Walaa Abas Mohamed Kamaly
Jujeath Nagaowa vs. Tharoth Sam
13 November 2014 – Manila: Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), has added three bouts to the latest blockbuster event, ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY. Eduard Folayang returns to action to take on the streaking Timofey Nastyukhin, who is riding a nine-fight winning streak. Former WBO and IBA boxing champion Ana Julaton will also see action on the card as she faces Egypt’s Walaa Abas. The event will also see a clash of striking styles as Wushu world champion Rene Catalan goes up against Muay Thai world champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY is set to take place at the state-of-the-art MOA Arena in Manila on 5 December.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™, Victor Cui, stated, “ONE Fighting Championship has taken over Asia this year with blockbuster shows all over the continent! ONE FC will return to Manila with one of our most stacked cards to date and the night will feature three martial arts champions from the Philippines. The MOA Arena will be packed to the rafters as fans from all over the world will tune in to catch world-class mixed martial arts action. This will be a night of non-stop adrenaline-pumping action that you do not want to miss!”
Eduard Folayang is one of the most popular sports figures in the Philippines. A Wushu practitioner, the former school teacher transitioned to mixed martial arts and has an impressive record of 14 wins and four losses so far in his career. He has proven his caliber in two recent wins, defeating highly touted star Vincent Latoel and the former ONE FC Lightweight World Champion, Kotetsu Boku.
Timofey Nastyukhin is a Russian lightweight with a professional mixed martial arts record of seven wins and one loss. Nastyukhin is an aggressive mixed martial artist who has won all seven of his bouts by first-round finishes. Nastyukhin has developed a reputation as a deadly finisher and will look to continue his string of finishes as he makes his ONE FC debut against Eduard Folayang.
Ana Julaton is a former WBO and IBA Super Bantamweight champion who is now pursuing success in the world of mixed martial arts. Julaton made her professional mixed martial arts debut in Manila in May and will once again look to emerge victorious in front of thousands of Filipino fans cheering her on.
Walaa Abbas is a national Egyptian kickboxing champion who has notched up two wins in a row in her recent bouts. She has proven to have the striking prowess to end fights early, finishing both victories on her record with punches. Julaton defeated Abas’ teammate Aya Saied Saber in Manila earlier this year and Abas will be out for revenge in this bout.
Rene Catalan is a former SEA Games and Asian Games gold medalist in Wushu. He has been out of action for more than a year after his bout last year was overturned to a No-Contest. Catalan is raring to go and will be eager to impress in the Philippines as he prepares to compete in mixed martial arts action in his home country for the first time.
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is a Muay Thai World Champion who has excited mixed martial arts fans all over the world with his non-stop style of striking excellence. He also showed his improved grappling skills by finishing his last two wins by submission. Sor Amnuaysirichoke will now face his toughest test to date as he takes on a world champion in a clash of two Asian martial arts.
Jujeath Nagaowa is a former WBC Asia Atomweight Champion will be making the transition from boxing with an impressive resume that features 12 professional victories. Nagaowa has nifty footwork that she uses to get out of her opponents’ punches and knockout power in both hands. She made her ONE FC debut with a stoppage victory over India’s Jeet Toshi in Manila earlier this year and will look to replicate the same result in her upcoming contest.
Tharoth Sam is a Kun Khmer fighter with an undefeated professional mixed martial arts record. She is a pioneer for the sport in her home country in Cambodia and a win on foreign soil will enhance the reputation in the kingdom. In her ONE FC debut, she defeated fellow Cambodian debutant Vy Srey Chai with an armbar.
Tickets for ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY on 5 December in Manila are on sale now at SM Tickets (http://www.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.
Fans around Asia can catch all the action live on FOX Sports 1. Check your local listings. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at http://www.onefc.com/livestream. The event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
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