When Nathan Ng(1-0) first made his promotional debut for One Championship back in July 2014, he was simultaneously pursuing his acting and modelling career while training to be a professional fighter. Ng, however, has left that career path and has acquired a position at a physical therapy clinic in San Francisco as one of the lead strength and conditioning coaches. He has been coaching world class athletes which include the 2015 US Windsurfing champion Justin Scott.
“Coaching athletes and getting them into top shape is something that gives me life when I am able to impart knowledge in them than the sort of vanity that can often come with being an actor and model” – Nathan Ng
When asked about the strength and conditioning regime of MMA fighters, Nathan spotted that the most common mistake MMA fighters make is mixing speed training and conditioning training. The result he says will be poor versions of both, as speed training should allow for ample recovery time since its anaerobic in nature.
“Think of the 100-meter sprint that Usain Bolt dominates – he does not run 100-meter repeats to get faster. It would not be uncommon for 100-meter runners to rest up to 5 minutes. MMA fighters don’t do that. They are typically in the mindset that more is always better, but there is little appreciation for the energy systems in the body. The most basic tip for this current era of fighters would be to have a basic understanding of the energy systems.” – Nathan Ng
Nathan holds a purple belt under the 10th Planet system and is under the tutelage of Eddie Bravo’s first black belt, Denny Porkopos. His training in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Francisco has led him to win a handful of local tournaments.
“I’m a purple belt, but I often feel I don’t deserve that rank. My instructor, Denny Prokopos, is something of a genius. He is a phenomenal athlete and jiu-jitsu player, sure. but he’s an even a better coach. His pep talks and his ability to speak strength and guidance in my Jiu Jitsu growth is unbelievable” Nathan Ng
The 10th planet Jiu Jitsu system is a non-traditional system of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu developed by Eddie Bravo. The system focuses on unorthodox custom-named positions such as the rubber guard which is a staple in the 10th planet system. Nathan’s favourite 10th planet move is the twister.
“It’s a move that basically forces the opponent to tap out because of an extreme twisting of his spine and cranking of the neck. It’s absolutely painful, and there is a variation called the Defcon 4 that adds more cruelty to the move” – Nathan Ng
Nathan will be facing One Championship – Dynasty of Champions tournament winner Li Kai Wen(3-2). The Chinese last fought in One Championship in December of 2014 where he defeated He Nan Nan and Wang Ya Wei in one night to win the local featherweight tournament.
“145 is absolutely the most stacked division in One Championship, My upcoming opponent, Li Kai Wen, is definitely a killer. He has rockets for arms, and he has a really great double leg takedown. It’s going to take the best of me to avoid his takedowns and his incredibly fast striking” – Nathan Ng
Nathan Ng will face Li Kai Wen on One Championship – Pride of Lions on the 13th of November in the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore.
Highest Ranked Strawweight Outside of the UFC challenged Angela Lee to a title fight in One Championship
28 Years Old, Zhang Weili(16-1) from China has challenged Strawweight champion Angela Lee for her strap in One Championship according to a source close to the Chinese fighter. Zhang who is the champion and fighting for Chinese based promotion Kunlun FC is currently negotiating on a one fight deal to face Angela. According to the source, they would like to determine who is the best women fighter in Asia in a one-off match and would have no problems to fight under the One Championship banner.
Since her pro debut loss in 2013, Zhang has racked up 16 wins in 3 years with a total of 15 finishes. She is the number #6 ranked women strawweight in the World according to Fightmatrix.com, just behind Rose Namajunas who will be facing UFC champion and number #1 ranked strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the title next month. Angela, on the other hand, is 9 rungs below Zhang at number 15.
While ONE was very eager to have a cross-promotion fight between Angela Lee and Joanna Jedrzejczyk to determine who has the better strawweight, they seem less eager to have a Kunlun FC champion on board for a one fight deal. The source states that ONE would need for Zhang to sign a 2-year exclusive contract first before discussing further for a fight with Angela.
If the source is accurate, ONE seems to be covering their bases this time and would not like for their champion to lose the belt to another promotion without securing Zhang on an exclusive contract. Kunlun, on the other hand, would also not want to lose their best fighter to another Asian promotion. Zhang would be a huge asset to ONE for their expansion in China but it would be tough for them to pry off the Chinese fighter as the source states that Zhang is being paid handsomely on Kunlun FC.
While things are looking bleak for a match between Angela Lee and Zhang Weili to happen in the ONE Championship cage, the fans will be keeping their fingers crossed and hope that they could witness a fight between two of the best women Strawweights in Asia.
Martin Nguyen to challenge Eduard Folayang’s title in Manila for the first champion vs champion fight in ONE Championship
After speculations on who Martin Nguyen’s next opponent when he signed a fight contract, ONE Championship have confirmed that Martin Nguyen is set to challenge Eduard Folayang’s lightweight title in Manila on ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD on 10 November.
The fight is the latest in a series of cross-division fights announced after Shinya Aoki vs Ben Askren and Aung La NSang vs Alain Ngalani, but this will be the first time the reigning ONE Championship titleholders from two weight divisions will clash.
Nguyen’s coach, Fari Salievski, did tease on the idea of Nguyen fighting for the title in different weight divisions , but he teased on a bantamweight division since Martin was underweight for his featherweight title fight against Marat Gafurov.
Despite being on the lighter side of a featherweight division, the new champion decided to challenge the title against a fighter a weight class above him, and opens the possibility of the first fighter in ONE Championship to challenge the title in 3 weight divisions.
“I’m not out only to make a statement, but to go down in history as the best to ever compete under the ONE Championship banner” – Martin Nguyen
ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD will be held in Malls of Asia Arena in Manila on 10 November 2017
Bashir Ahmad embraces new role in ONE Championship
Bashir Ahmad is appointed as the Senior Manager of Industry Partnerships, the role made to develop and strengthen the relationships between ONE Championship and various MMA gyms and promotions.
“Essentially, I see myself doing what I did in Pakistan and working to accelerate the growth of MMA in Asia with other players in the MMA scene,” Ahmad explained.
As the pioneer of Pakistani MMA, Bashir Ahmad has worked to promote MMA in Pakistan, most notably the Shaheen Gym project, a non-profit gym which serves to take at-risk youth off the street with the appeal and focus of MMA. With his new position in ONE, Ahmad believes he will be better positioned to develop MMA in Asia, particularly in his hometown Pakistan.
“I think it’s a win-win. I’ve learned about developing MMA in a really difficult market – Pakistan, and I bring that experience with me.”
“On the flip side, I get work with one of the world’s most professional martial arts brands and bring those lessons to my mission in Pakistan.”
4-3 on his professional MMA career, Ahmad has been fighting for ONE Championship since April 2013 and became the first ONE Championship athlete to make the transition from into the management role in the promotion. Despite this additional role, Ahmad is adamant that his new role in ONE Championship does not take him away from active competition.
“100% not retired. I can certainly train. If Martin can beat Gafurov while being a full-time mechanic, I can certainly train when I work in the MMA industry for a living. It’s about time management and training smart.”
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