As reported earlier, ONE FC has made the official announcement of Eddie Ng versus Arnaud Lepont on the next card to be held in Singapore on April 5, 2013. Evolve MMA’s proclaimed prodigy Eddie Ng is returning from rehab to face Arnaud Lepont, “le roi” of Muayfit Malaysia. It will be a clash of styles not from a technique standpoint, but from an approach to the whole game: whether or not Lepont’s heart and come-from-behind sprint to the finish can best Ng’s impressively executed game plan in the cage.
Also on the card, Kotetsu Boku‘s first Lightweight title defense will be against Japan’s cream of the crop, Shinya Aoki. At ONE FC 6, Boku was a surprise title contender for the inaugural Lightweight Championship belt against the highly touted Zorobabel Moreira. Zoro came in with a huge reach advantage and looked to use his ever-improving MMA game in a stand-up battle against the natural LW “No Face”. Boku took the punishment handed out, kept to his boxing strength and pulled off a stunning upset with a knock down that was like felling a redwood.
On Sherdog, the two Bantamweight Tournament semifinal matches have been posted. In the first, it will be Jens Pulver taking on Masakatsu Ueda. Pulver has become a darling of ONE FC fans, and has proven he’s still a powerful punching contender in the cage. Ueda, on the other hand, is a rocket who’s only been stopped twice in his entire career, and will know not to stand in front of Pulver’s pulverizing.
The second semifinal will be Kevin Belingon versus Thanh Vu. Belingon’s recent fight history reads like a soap opera. Undefeated, he took the challenge against Masakazu Imanari and predictably got leg locked. Then he was Kim SooChul‘s stepping stone on the way to the Bantamweight Championship. Belingon got back on track with a huge win over international journeyman Yusup Saadulaev, and this set him on the track back to title contention. He’ll face relative newcomer Thanh Vu who defeated a 48-hour stand in at ONE FC 7, which wasn’t much of a showcase of the skills he possesses to land him in the tournament.
Full press release below.
EDDIE “THE MAGICIAN” NG VS ARNAUD “THE GAME” LEPONT ADDED TO ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS
LIVE BROADCAST IN ASIA ON STAR SPORTS AND AROUND THE WORLD ON WWW.ONEFC.LIVESPORT.TV
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT WWW.SISTIC.COM.SG
14 February 2013 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) announced today that hard-hitting Hong Kong native Eddie “The Magician” Ng will square off against ferocious slugger Arnaud “The Game” Lepont at ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS which takes place live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 5 April 2013.
ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be broadcast live on STAR SPORTS across Asia. This historic moment will mark the first time ever a live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event will be broadcast on the network. ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be available live in 28 countries to an estimated 500 million viewers.
Fans from around the world can also witness the action online via livestreaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The undercard fights are available for viewing free-of-charge and the main card fights will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
Tickets for ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS are now on sale at SISTIC (www. SISTIC.com.sg). Tickets categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cage-side experience for VIPs at S$348 followed by Arena – S$148, Terrace – S$68 and Balcony – S$38. All applicable service charges apply.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be the biggest in ONE FC history and features the top names in Asian MMA. Eddie Ng and Arnaud Lepont will be a slug fest that fans don’t want to miss. Both fighters are at the top of their game and have a lot to prove and they are well-known brawlers who have never backed down from a fight. Get ready for a knockout of the night!”
Eddie Ng is one of the top MMA fighters to emerge from Hong Kong. He is a BJJ expert who showed that he also has excellent stand up skills when he knocked out his opponent at ONE FC: WAR OF THE LIONS in just 43 seconds of round 1. On 5 April, he will be looking to do the same when he battles the brash French MMA champion Arnaud Lepont. Ng will hold nothing back from securing another resounding win on Asia’s largest MMA stage.
Arnaud Lepont is legendary for his charisma and crazy entrances and always goes looking for the KO right from the start of the fight. Lepont has outstanding striking skills and keeps moving forward during his fights. Although he lost his last fight, he has been working tirelessly to improve his ground game and promises to bring his best at ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS.
ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS is headlined by a ONE FC Lightweight World Championship bout between reigning champion Kotetsu “No Face” Boku against number one contender Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.
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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 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.