In keeping with its one of its themes of letting the young ones off the porch to run with the big dogs ala Belingon/Imanari, Kelly/Pulver, and Zoro/Huerta, ONE FC announced its first “Superfight” for its return to Singapore on October 6th: Shinya Aoki versus Arnaud Lepont. Aoki desperately wants to get back in the cage after his absence from DREAM and his unsuccessful rematch with Eddie Alvarez in Bellator. If an opponent isn’t announced for his listing on the card for the upcoming August 31st event, then his chance will come against Lepont, who made his wishes known after he finished Brian Choi in ONE FC 4, and then repeatedly on social media.
Also on the card will be the crowning of three divisional champions. The roster of ONE FC is most stacked in the welterweight, lightweight and featherweight divisions, so it stands to reason the matches will be drawn from them. Melvin Manhoef returns after his upcoming fight in ONE FC Network partner ROAD FC 009 which is being held on September 16th in South Korea. Zorobabel Moreira gets another chance to go on a tear, in which weight class hasn’t been announced. Lastly, Singapore’s own Radeem Rahman will again enter the cage in front of his hometown supporters.
Here is the full press release:
ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP™ RETURNS TO SINGAPORE ON 6 OCTOBER FOR
ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS
HIGHLIGHTS: SHINYA “TOBIKAN JUDAN” AOKI TO BATTLE ARNAUD “THE GAME” LEPONT IN THE FIRST
ONE FC SUPER FIGHT
PLUS: FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THREE ONE FC CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS WILL BE AWARDED
TICKETS FOR ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS ARE ON SALE NOW AT WWW.SISTIC.COM.SG
16 August 2012 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) returns to the Lion City on Saturday, 6 October, with the highly anticipated Lightweight Super Fight between Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki and French Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Champion Arnaud “The Game” Lepont. All the action will take place at the 12,000-seater Singapore Indoor Stadium in what is expected to be the greatest fight card ever compiled in ONE FC history. After selling out arenas in Indonesia and Malaysia, it is finally time for ONE FC to return to the beautiful island of Singapore where it is headquartered.
ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS will be a historic moment for Asian MMA because for the first time ever, three championship belts will be awarded. Three ONE FC weight divisions will see a World Champion crowned. Since ONE FC’s sold-out launch in 2011, fans and fighters have been eagerly awaiting the crowning of ONE FC World Champions as stars began to emerge from the ever growing talent pool.
Tickets for ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS are now on sale at SISTIC (www.SISTIC.com.sg). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and Cage-side experience for VIPs at $348 followed by Arena $148, Terrace $68 and Balcony $38.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “We are coming back to Singapore to put on one of the greatest fight cards in Asian MMA history and to add icing to the cake, we will crown an incredible three World Champions and have our first Super Fight! Singapore will witness Shinya Aoki and Arnaud Lepont in a super fight that showcases two of the toughest lightweight fighters in Asia. With the largest pool of the top MMA talent in Asia, I have decided that the time is perfect to introduce three ONE FC world titles. This card is going to be epic and fans can expect to see some incredible fights come 6 October.”
The first ONE FC Super Fight will be a battle between the top pound-for-pound lightweight fighter in Asia, Shinya Aoki, versus the heavy-handed slugger from France, Arnaud Lepont.
Shinya Aoki is the DREAM Lightweight Champion and has beaten the likes of Tatsuya Kawajiri, Marcus Aurelio and Rich Clementi. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo which has earned him a reputation as one of the best submission specialists in the sport of MMA. The “Grandmaster of Flying Submissions” is excited to showcase his skills to his fans when he debuts at ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS. He is considered the most deadly submission grappler in the world of MMA and is the No.1 Lightweight Fighter in Asia.
Arnaud Lepont publicly challenged Aoki after his impressive victory over Brian Choi at ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors. He is well-known for his indomitable spirit and never-back-down attitude which has contributed to his 10-1 record. Having lived and trained in many different parts of Asia, Lepont has finally found his home on the largest stage in Asian MMA. Holding a purple belt in BJJ, the Frenchman has won nine of his 10 fights by submission thus demonstrating his superiority on the ground. Lepont also possesses knockout power that should have any fighter worried. He will be looking to use his heavy hands to spoil Aoki’s hopes of a successful ONE FC debut. Notorious for being brash, he says his mentality during the fight is to attack relentlessly in order to rip his opponent apart.
Fans of ONE FC can look forward to see the return of mega star Melvin Manhoef to the ONE FC cage, as well as rising star Zorobabel Moreira and Singapore’s first pro-MMA fighter, Radeem Rahman.
For more updates, log on to www.ONEFC.com
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.