ONE FC held a press conference December 13th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to announce their upcoming seventh card which will be in the country’s mammoth Stadium Putra. The contest for the Featherweight Championship has been announced to be between two Filipino MMA mainstays, Eric Kelly and Honorio Banario. As an indication of ONE FC’s Asia-wide conquest, the card has homegrown Malaysian talent who will be competing in a 4-man tournament to determine the National FW Champion, and the Malaysian contender for the World Featherweight strap. There’s a lot of hardware to be given out in this organization if they are to hold national title events in countries across Asia. And so far ONE FC’s “country versus country” bouts have been some of the most exciting on each of its cards.
The full press release is below.
13 December 2012 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) announced today that it will be returning to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 2 February 2013 with a Featherweight World Championship title fight between Eric “The Natural” Kelly and Honorio “The Rock” Banario. All the action takes place live from the state-of-the-art Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Plus, the first two bouts of the inaugural four-man Malaysian National Featherweight Championship Tournament will take place as National Silat Champion AJ “Pyro” Lias Mansor squares off against Muay Thai Champion Jian Kai Chee and the slugger from Johor, Melvin Yeoh will look to score an impressive win in his ONE FC debut against Raymond Tiew.
In addition, the top MMA prospects in Malaysia prepare for a battle of supremacy as UK CFC Champion Peter Davis takes on Indonesia’s Leo Krishna and the up-and-coming Gianni Subba battles highly experienced Muay Thai fighter Saiful Merican.
FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: ERIC “THE NATURAL” KELLY vs HONORIO “THE ROCK” BANARIO
PETER DAVIS vs LEO KRISHNA
GIANNI SUBBA vs SAIFUL MERICAN
AJ LIAS MANSOR vs JIAN KAI CHEE
MELVIN YEOH vs RAYMOND TIEW
Tickets for ONE FC: RETURN OF WARRIORS are on sale now at www.AirAsiaRedTix.com. Tickets are priced at RM345 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 RM145, RM95 and RM45 respectively. Booking fees and service charges apply.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “I’m beyond excited to kick off a packed out schedule of events in 2013 at the state-of-the-art Stadium Putra in Malaysia! Eric Kelly vs Honorio Banario for the ONE FC Featherweight World Championship Title could possibly be the most demanded fight in Asian MMA history and I know the fans cannot wait to watch these two champions clash in the ONE FC cage. I am also proud to announce that this card is stacked with the top Malaysian fighters who have found their home with the largest MMA promotion in Asia. I expect fireworks on 2 February and not just inside the cage. Malaysians love their sport and they will go crazy for their local champions.”
Kelly is one of the most dominant fighters in ONE FC and is still unbeaten in his MMA career. Kelly will have his toughest test to date when he rumbles with arguably the most exciting featherweight in all of Asia, Honorio “The Rock” Banario.
Banario is a proud representative of the legendary Team Lakay from Baguio City, Philippines. Training alongside Filipino champions like Eduard “Landslide” Folayang and Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, the Wushu expert is renowned for his pin-point striking accuracy. At ONE FC: RETURN OF WARRIORS, fans from all around the world can expect an explosive battle as these warriors battle for the most prestigious belt in all of Asia.
ONE FC: RETURN OF WARRIORS is stacked with the most exciting Malaysian prospects in all of MMA. Peter Davis is back in action after a decisive TKO win over Singaporean Quek Kim Hock at ONE FC: DESTINY OF WARRIORS. Davis’ spinning back kick in the first few seconds of the fight brought the home crowd roaring to their feet and staggered his Singaporean opponent enough to set up an exciting TKO finish. With 2 February just around the corner, Davis is gearing up to do the same devastating moves against his Indonesian opponent, Leo Krishna. Fast-rising prospect Gianni Subba will look to ride on the momentum of his stunning KO debut when he battles a legendary striker, Muay Thai veteran Saiful Merican.
ONE FC will also launch the four-man Malaysian National Featherweight Championship Tournament to determine who the number 1 Featherweight Contender in Malaysia is.
Cui further commented, “As part of ONE FC’s initiatives to continually grow and support the local MMA community, we are launching the first ever Malaysian National Championship Title. We are starting with the Featherweight title which will be spread over two events. ONE FC already has the very best Malaysian MMA fighters signed to exclusivity and this is a way for us to identify a true Malaysian National Champion.”
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13 December 2012 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) announced today that Tune Talk is now the official telco of ONE FC. The sponsorship agreement is a clear indication that the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has hit mainstream in Asia. Tune Talk and ONE FC are set to dominate the industry with innovative content and marketing initiatives that will bring world class ONE FC action to fans of the fastest growing sport in the world.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “This is one of the most exciting sponsorship announcements that we’ve made. This partnership will see the activation of ONE FC content across Malaysia at an unprecedented level. As a lead up to the biggest fight in Malaysian history in February, ONE FC and Tune Talk will roll out a massive campaign across all media platforms throughout the country. I’m thrilled to be working with Tune Talk and the Air Asia family. Our partnership signifies another monumental inflection point for the sport of MMA in Asia and ONE FC.”
CEO of Tune Talk Jason Lo stated, “Tune Talk, the country’s fastest growing mobile prepaid service is proud to present ONE FC in Malaysia! MMA, although I believe is quite new in Malaysia, has its own ardent followers here and the number is quickly growing. MMA is a very attractive, crowd-pulling sport and we see a lot of potential in it. Tune Talk is proud to be associated with MMA, and would like to be the first to help develop the sport locally.”
He added, “We have recently signed AJ “Pyro” Lias Mansor as our ambassador, and we hope to make MMA a prominent sport in Malaysia by working actively together with him and his team. Tune Talk continuously strives to meet the expectations of our subscribers and this partnership with ONE FC is a fantastic way to give added-value for Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid to them. ONE FC will significantly increase the viability of Tune Talk with our core demographic and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”
Officially launched in August 2009, Tune Talk provides super low calling rates and exciting incentives to the underserved segment of the Malaysian market. The company has quickly risen to success based on their philosophy of dedication and hard work. This partnership is just the start of Tune Talk’s plans for MMA in the region.
About ONE Fighting Championship™
Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Fighting Championship™ (http://www.onefc.com) is Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization. ONE Fighting Championship™ hosts the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Fighting Championship™ has partnered with ESPN STAR Sports, the number one leader in sports content, for an unprecedented 10-year cable television deal with a coverage that spans across 28 countries in Asia.
About Tune Talk:
Tune Talk Sdn Bhd has become the fastest growing mobile operator in the country having officially launched its commercial service on 19 August 2009. Tune Talk operates as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) riding on the extensive network of Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad. Tune Talk targets to serve the underserved segment of the market with super low calling rates and exciting incentives. Rolled out as a prepaid service with the prefix “010”, Tune Talk offers a no-fills voice and short messaging service (SMS) package that meets the consumers’ demand for a simple, value-for-money product with easy accessibility and widest distribution reach. Visit www.tunetalk.com for more information.