ONE FC 24 takes place in Beijing, China on December 19, 2014. At today’s weigh ins for Ji Xian versus Song Ya Dong as the main event,and Adrian Pang versus Vincent Latoel in the co-main event, all fighters have made weight.
Former Legend FC Bantamweight Champion Ji Xian earned his name “The Executioner” by slapping on guillotines left and right. As one of the first Chinese MMA fighters to exhibit a dominant grappling game, he earned a shot at the Legend FC Featherweight strap but fell short against Yusuke Kawanago, who is also now signed to ONE FC. Ji dropped to bantamweight and went on a tear, finally ending his sprawl in the promotion with the belt with an armlock over Augustin Delarmino Jr.
Ji was supposed to debut with ONE FC earlier in the year at ONE FC 16 against Thanh Vu but he missed weight. Now he’ll get the chance to perform in front of a home town crowd as he takes on the upstart Song YaDong.
Song is 4-0 coming out of China’s RUFF, where he last defeated Zhao YaFei – the guy who lost to Jens Pulver at ONE FC 6. The Tianjin K1 proponent is just 20 years old and has already exhibited a nicely well-rounded skill set of wrestling and striking. If Ji latches on, he can – and will – finish early. But scrappy Song is a talent to watch out for.
Adrian Pang, former Legend FC Lightweight Champion, is one of AustralAsia’s best and most prolific products. Many of his fights are almost legendary battles, like back to back brawls with former ROAD FC Lightweight Champ and now UFC fighter Nam Yui-Chul, and his last Legend FC title defense against current ONE FC Bantamweight Champ Jadamba Narantungalag.
Pang will face Vincent Latoel, a Dutch kick boxer who is also finding career resurgence in ONE FC. Latoel is now 2-2 in ONE FC with a KO and a submission to his credit. Latoel will come in much rangier against Pang and should look to use his longer kicking advantage to use early. But Pang won’t care. Nothing you throw at him fazes him. Pang also has a strong grappling base, even though it looks like he throws it out the window when things get heated. This should be a fun and bloody match enroute to a possible title challenger for Shinya Aoki’s belt.
Also on the card, Michal Pasternak, and undefeated prospect from Poland will face Portuguese warhorse Rafael Silva at catchweight of 195 pounds. Pasternak is making his debut with ONE FC while Silva will attempt to bounce back from a decision loss to Tatsuya Mizuno in his ONE FC debut.
*UPDATE* It has been reported that Willy Ni is out of the bout against Ariel Sexton due to visa issues. Sexton will now face Anvar Alizhanov.
A four-man, one-night Featherweight Tournament will be held between four Chinese fighters: He NanNan, Li Gen, Li KaiWen and Wang YaWei.
He NanNan of China Top Team and Li KaiWen of Tianjin K1 are set to represent two of the China powerhouse teams when they meet in the first of the tournament semifinals. The two have already met in a grappling bout which saw Li get the win. He’s a natural 76-kger so he will come into this fight much larger and stronger than He will.
Li Gen, who has a sanda and Brazilian jiu jitsu base, will be making his MMA debut against wrestler Wang YaWei, who has one amateur win from Boracay Beatdown. Wang will need his wrestler’s weight cut know-how to back down from his last fight of 80kgs.
A one-night flyweight tournament is also set between four Chinese fighters who will look to put on a performance to set themselves apart from the pack.
ONE FC 24
December 19, 2014
National Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Live streaming at http://www.onefc.com/livestream
Bantamweight Main Event
Ji Xian vs Song YaDong
Lightweight Co-Main Event
Adrian Pang vs Vincent Latoel
Featherweight Tournament Final
Flyweight Tournament Final
Catchweight 195 lbs
Michael Pasternak vs Rafael Silva
Ariel Sexton vs Willy Ni
Featherweight Tournament Semifinals #2
Li Gen 刘旭 vs Wang YaWei
Flyweight Tournament Semifinals #2
Liu Xu vs Wang Wei
Featherweight Tournament Semifinals #1
He Nannan 贺楠楠 vs Li Kaiwen 李凯文
Flyweight Tournament Semifinals #1
Hao YiJie vs Li WeiBin