ONE FC 18 – War of Dragons will be the promotion’s first outing in Taipei, Taiwan on July 11, 2014. Fan favorite Eric Kelly and finishing artist Rob Lisita top the card.
URCC Featherweight Champ Kelly has been conspicuous in his absence since his last ONE FC outing which was for the inaugural Featherweight Championship in a war with Kevin Belingon, then he came back in fashion with a submission win in his home promotion of the URCC. Lisita has been on a tear with four finishes in a row, most recently avenging his Legend FC title contention loss to Yusuke Kawanago in spectacular fashion. This one will not go the distance.
Another Legend FC Champion who joined the ONE FC ranks, Lightweight belt holder Koji Ando, will face undefeated Rafael Nunes. Ando left Japan to fight in ROAD FC and then Legend, where his only loss was a toughly fought split decision to now RUFF Champ Wang Guan while on his way to take the lightweight strap from Jadamba Narantungalag. Nunes is a Brazilian Jiu Jiitsu brown belt stand out. He holds finishing wins over WOCS contender Fabiano de Melo and warhorse Udi Lima on the Brazilian circuit. Let’s see what this young prodigy can do against a black belt judoka.
Massively talented grappler Yusup Saadulaev is back to face former ONE FC title challenger Koetsu Okazaki. Saadulaev has put on amazing performances in each of his ONE FC appearances. Both guys can go the distance. Saadulaev has the tools to finish, and Okazaki has the defense. The man with the better strategy will win this fight.
Big men show up on the card as Taiwanese Paul Cheng gets to fight in his native country against Mahmoud Hassan. Plus, wrestling sensation Jake Butler takes on very tough Cage Warriors fighter Mohamed Ali. Also giants Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani will get back in the cage to finish what they started before an accidental groin shot.
Three more Taiwanese fighters grace the card as Ming Yen Sung takes on Singapore’s Nick Lee, Zhang Zheng Jie faces Rayner Kinsiong, and Jeff Huang meets kick boxer Bala Shetty.
ONE FC 18
July 11, 2014
National Taiwan University Sports Center
Eric Kelly (10-1) vs Rob ‘Ruthless’ Lisita (14-5)
Koji ‘The Commander’ Ando (8-3-2) vs Rafael ‘Indio’ Nunes (10-0)
Koetsu Okazaki (9-3) vs Yusup ‘Maestro’ Saadulaev (12-3-1)
Jake Butler (3-1) vs Mohamed ‘Felx’ Ali (9-6)
Paul ‘Typhoon’ Cheng (4-1) vs Mahmoud ‘Hellboy’ Hassan (1-3)
Chi Lewis ‘Chopper’ Parry (5-0) vs Alain ‘The Panther’ Ngalani (1-1)
Ming Yen ‘Sam’ Sung (2-1) vs Nick ‘Diaz’ Lee (2-1)
Zhang Zheng ‘Frogman’ Jie (2-0) vs Rayner ‘King Karabaw’ Kinsiong (2-0)
Jeff Huang (3-1) vs Bala Shetty (0-0)
Nathan Ng (0-0) vs Florian Garel (2-3)
ONE FC: WAR OF DRAGONS NOW COMPLETE WITH 10 FIGHTS
TAIWANESE STAR JEFF HUANG TO FACE INDIA’S BALA SHETTY
HEAVYWEIGHT ALAIN NGALANI AND CHI LEWIS PARRY TO REMATCH
SINGAPORE’S NICHOLAS LEE REPLACES MUHAMAD HAIDAR TO TAKE ON SUNG MING YEN
TICKETS FOR ONE FC: WAR OF DRAGONS AVAILABLE NOW AT WWW.IBON.COM.TW
30 June 2014 – SINGAPORE: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, has confirmed all fights for ONE FC: WAR OF DRAGONS, set to take place on 11 July in Taipei, Taiwan at the National Taiwan University Sports Center. The card is now set with 10 bouts. Top featherweights Rob Lisita and Eric Kelly will square off in the main event. Taiwanese star Jeff Huang will make his ONE FC debut in front of fans in his home country as he meets top Indian kickboxer Bala Shetty. Heavyweights Alain Ngalani and Chi Lewis Parry will meet again to complete their contest that previously ended in a No Contest. Singapore’s Nicholas Lee has also been added to the card as a replacement for Muhamad Haidar, and will take on Taiwanese mixed martial arts pioneer Sung Ming Yen.
Tickets for ONE FC: WAR OF DRAGONS are on sale now at www.ibon.com.tw. Ticket categories begin with the full red carpet and cage side experience for NT7,200. Tickets priced at NT3,600 and NT1,200 are also available. All applicable service charges apply.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC is bringing world-class mixed martial arts action to Taiwan for the first time on 11 July. Fans in Taipei will now get the opportunity to experience a night of adrenaline-pumping mixed martial arts action live! This is a historic event as Taiwanese fighters now have the opportunity to compete against international opponents in front of a potential 1 billion viewers worldwide. MMA fans there will be thrilled to hear that two more homegrown fighters have been added to the fight card, bringing the total number to four. This is one of the most anticipated sporting events in Taiwan in recent years and fans in Taiwan will finally get to enjoy explosive MMA action!”
Jeff Huang has cemented his status as Taiwan’s top welterweight, and has won every time he competed in Taiwan. Despite having a comfortable career as a financial consultant, Huang elected to give it up to dedicate himself to mixed martial arts, and spent his savings to travel the world and pick up new techniques.
Bala Shetty is a multiple-time muay thai champion from India, and has represented the country in global and continental competition. He will now make the transition to mixed martial arts having spent the past few years incorporating the other elements of mixed martial arts to his set of striking skills.
Alain Ngalani is a one man wrecking machine who has single handedly smashed his way through the top heavyweight fighters in both Muay Thai and kickboxing winning numerous world titles and scoring countless highlight reel knock outs along the way. This indomitable African was forced to quit after being on the wrong end of a low blow by Chi Lewis Parry early in the opening round of their first encounter. He now returns desperate to become the first man to ever beat the Englishman.
A former professional basketball player, Chi Lewis Parry’s goal is to become the first ever ONE FC Heavyweight World Champion and he is still unhappy about the way his first fight with Ngalani finished. No opponent has ever made it past the second round against Parry and he is determined to give the Taiwanese fans a glimpse of the power which has seen him establish himself as England’s best heavyweight.
Nicholas Lee will become the youngest mixed martial artist to compete in Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization when he makes his debut at just 19 years of age. He has finished his opponents in both his previous victories and will look to do the same come Fight Night. He faces a tough task against his much more experienced opponent, who is sure of the support by the Taiwanese fans in attendance behind him.
Sung Ming Yen is a Taiwanese mixed martial arts pioneer who has proven himself as one of the top mixed martial artists in the country. Sung is equally adept in both grappling and striking, and prides himself on his aggressive style. He is out to prove that mixed martial artists from Taiwan can go toe to toe against the best that Asia has to offer and he will get his chance to do so in front of thousands of Taiwanese fans on 11 July.
Fans in 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 event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
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