At a press conference today, ONE Fighting Championship announced the inaugural Welterweight Championship will be contested between Adam Kayoom and Nobutatsu Suzuki on November 15, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mega sponsor Tune Talk jumps on board to hlp grow MMA in the country with a sponsorship deal with ONE FC. The telecom giant’s taste of MMA with the promotion’s prior event in Malaysia, then a sponsoring of the highly successful amateur event Malaysian Invasion MMA have made Tune Talk the perfect partner for ONE FC in Malaysia.
ONE FC makes its third event in just as many months at the Stadium Putra Jaya where it held ONE FC 7. That makes the third stop in Malaysia within 18 months, making ONE FC seemingly the author and benefactor of the groth and success of MMA in the country. Adam Kayoom of Malaysia will be making his first run at a title with the promotion and in his own country, something historical for MMA in Southeast Asia. He has become a household name to Malaysians, and they will most likely be supportin the BJJ black belt professor and Muay Thai champion when he takes his 200cm reach into the cage against Nobutatsu Suzuki. Nobutatsu made a stiff debut in ONE FC against Phil Baroni, and was granted a TKO in the first round when he pummelled a covering Badass who had just suffered a gruesome and freakish ankle break. Muay Thai vs Karateka standing, and a ground game will have to be seen to be believed.
ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP™ PRESENTED BY TUNE TALK RETURNS TO KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA ON 15 NOVEMBER FOR ONE FC: WARRIOR SPIRIT
ADAM KAYOOM VS NOBUTATSU SUZUKI SET TO BATTLE FOR THE INAUGURAL ONE FC WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
26 September 2013 – Singapore: Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), presented by Tune Talk, returns to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for another blockbuster event on 15 November 2013 at the historic Stadium Putra. Headlining the fight card is one of the most highly-anticipated fights in ONE FC history –the inaugural ONE FC Welterweight World Championship title bout between Malaysia’s own Adam “Shogun” Shahir Kayoom and Japanese KO artist Nobutatsu Suzuki. Fight fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of ONE FC to Kuala Lumpur after closely following the intense non-stop, adrenaline-pumping action that has accompanied the promotion throughout the multi-city tour this year. The wait is now over and Malaysian fans are expected to be treated to yet another sold-out event, fight fans are set to pack out the 15,000-seater Stadium Putra once again for a night of world-class MMA action.
Tickets for ONE FC: WARRIOR SPIRIT, presented by Tune Talk, are on sale now at www.AirAsiaRedTix.com. 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.
Fans around 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 first two undercard fights are available for viewing free-of-charge and the main card fights will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “We are coming back to the capital of Malaysia to put on one of the greatest fight cards in Asian MMA history. We will finally settle the question of who deserves to be called the top Welterweight fighter on the planet. ONE FC is putting together a fight card that will blow away the millions of passionate fight fans all around the world. Of course, we are also extremely excited to have Tune Talk as an official partner of ONE FC once again. Tune Talk has proven time and time again that they are the top mobile prepaid operator in Malaysia with their forward-thinking strategies and mass market appeal.”
CEO of Tune Talk Jason Lo stated, “Tune Talk is excited to be the presenting partner again as ONE FC returns to Malaysia. Tune Talk is committed to growing the sport of mixed martial arts in Asia and there is no bigger promotion in Asia than ONE FC. November 15 will be another night of exciting mixed martial arts action and I look forward to seeing our Tune Talk warriors compete once again inside the famed ONE FC cage. “
The ONE FC Welterweight World Championship title fight will feature a battle between the top fighter to ever come out of Malaysia, Adam Shahir Kayoom and the veteran Japanese slugger Nobutatsu Suzuki.
Adam Shahir Kayoom is one of the most decorated Malaysian martial artists to ever compete in MMA. He holds black belts in BJJ, Taekwondo and Karate and has won world titles in Muay Thai as well as numerous titles and tournaments in Taekwondo and BJJ. Kayoom is probably best known for his dramatic come-from-behind victory over BJJ legend Gregor Gracie in front of a screaming home crowd at ONE FC: DESTINY OF WARRIORS. After the win, Kayoom, who was born and bred in Malaysia, delighted the crowd by addressing them in Bahasa Melayu. He continued his winning streak at ONE FC: RETURN OF WARRIORS defeating Indonesian veteran Zuli Silawanto by submission in the first round. The popular Kayoom is sure to receive one of the biggest cheers of the night when ONE FC returns to his home country of Malaysia. Facing an extremely tough and versatile Japanese MMA veteran for the Welterweight title inside the famed ONE FC cage puts the weight of the nation’s honor squarely on Kayoom’s shoulders come 15 November.
Nobutatsu Suzuki is a fighter who has proven that he has one-punch KO power, especially with a record to back up that claim – 9 of his 10 victories by KO. With a record like this, he has one of the highest percentage of stoppage wins in all of MMA. Suzuki is famous for being the first fighter in Asia to showcase the incredible striking power of Karate in an MMA context. The Kyokushin Karate black belt last fought at ONE FC: RISE TO POWER, defeating one of MMA’s most experienced combatants, Phil Baroni, by TKO. With two heavy-hitters locking horns on 15 November, fans are already predicting a “Knockout of the Night” due to both fighters having the ability to end the fight in an instant. And with the fact that the most prestigious title in MMA is on the line, this is one match that is set to blow the roof off of Stadium Putra.
This will be the toughest fight of the careers for both Kayoom and Suzuki, and there is no doubt that this will be the defining fight of their MMA career as they compete to be called the one and only ONE FC Welterweight World Champion.
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