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ONE: Unbreakable Warriors Set For September 2nd

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ONE Championship announced this morning that on September 2nd they will return to the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur for ONE: Unbreakable Warriors.

CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui stated: “There is always a tremendous atmosphere and excitement in Kuala Lumpur each time ONE Championship comes to visit. This time, Malaysian MMA stars the likes of Ev Ting, Peter Davis, Ann Osman, Agilan Thani, Gianni and Keanu Subba will all grace the ONE Championship cage in one night, ready to set the Stadium Negara ablaze with excitement and world-class mixed martial arts action. It will be a historic evening for Kuala Lumpur, and we can’t wait to be there.”

The full card was announced via press release with Ev Ting taking on Rob Lisita in the main event. Full press release below in italics. The fight card is as follows:

ONE: Unbreakable Warriors

Main Card

Ev Ting vs Rob Lisita
Peter Davis vs Shannon Wiratchai
Ann Osman vs April Osenio
Tatsuya Mizuno vs Gilberto Galvo
Gianni Subba vs Yago Bryan
Agilan Thani vs Trestle Tan
Keanu Subba vs Waqar Umar

Preliminary Bouts
Bruno Pucci vs Nuerdebieke Bahetihan
Jeet Toshi vs Jeeny Huang
Hisyam Samsudin vs Muhammad Aiman

Ev “E.T.” Ting is a mixed martial artist of Malaysian descent. He lives and trains out of Auckland, New Zealand, and has amassed a stellar 11-3 record so far in his professional career. A winner of his last two bouts by impressive submission over top calibre opponents, Ting is one of the most talented fighters to come out of Malaysia. As Ting’s popularity in his hometown soars, he gets the chance to once again grace the ONE Championship cage in the headliner against Rob Lisita.

33-year-old Rob “Warrior of God” Lisita of Campbelltown, Australia, is known as a relentless offensive force, armed with powerful striking combinations intended to score highlight-reel finishes. He is 14-8 as a professional mixed martial artist, and has proven to be a fixture in big fights owing to his fan-friendly style. A veteran fighter who has faced the best in his division and beyond, Lisita looks to continue fulfilling his goal of competing against the promotion’s top contenders. His next assignment is Ev Ting, who will be fighting in front of his hometown crowd.

Kuala Lumpur’s Peter Davis is a local MMA star, actor, and model. The 35-year old Malaysian star owns a respectable 10-4 professional record, winning four of his last five bouts in impressive fashion. He likes to use his reach and athleticism to stifle opponents from range while picking them apart with pinpoint strikes. Davis is set to take on offensive dynamo Shannon Wiratchai of Thailand.

Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai of Thailand, is a veteran of exciting and memorable battles inside the ONE Championship cage. A mainstay of Bangkok Fight Lab, he trains in various martial arts disciplines at home in Bangkok, including Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling and jiujitsu. An innovator with a wide range of offensive manoeuvres at his disposal, Wiratchai likes to be creative with his striking, employing a myriad of unpredictable off-angle elbows and kicks. He’s set to lock horns with Peter Davis next.

Ann “Athena” Osman of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, makes a swift return to the ONE Championship cage following her exciting come-from-behind victory over Egypt’s Haiat Farag in her last bout. Known as Malaysia’s fighting belle, the female warrior hones her craft at Borneo Tribal Squad, advancing her skills in various disciplines such as wrestling, jiujitsu and Muay Thai. A well-rounded fighter, Osman likes to overpower opponents, and is always extremely aggressive in pursuit of a finish. Osman will take on April Osenio in what should be an interesting clash of styles.

April Osenio of the Philippines is known as Team Lakay’s fierce female warrior. The 22-year-old prospect trains out of the high-altitudes of Baguio City along with her more experienced Lakay teammates. In her last bout, Osenio upset Filipino-English fighter Natalie Gonzales Hills impressively by first-round armbar, despite being adept in the striking art of Wushu. She now aims to continue in the win column by taking on a monstrous challenge in Ann Osman.

Tatsuya Mizuno of Tokyo, Japan, is a 35-year-old mixed martial arts veteran with a professional MMA record of 15-11-1. Mizuno’s knowledge and wisdom is a cut above the level of any of his opponents due to his vast experience inside the cage. Mizuno is a highly-resilient and determined competitor, with great all-around striking and grappling skills. He gets another shot at victory inside the ONE Championship cage against Gilberto Galvão.

Gilberto “Giba” Galvão is a 34-year-old mixed martial arts veteran from Balneario Camboriu, Brazil, with extensive experience in the sport of MMA. A solid middleweight contender, Galvao has competed largely in Brazil and has compiled 28 total victories, more than half of which have ended in a submission. The exceptional grappler will make his ONE Championship promotional debut against Japanese veteran Tatsuya Mizuno.

Malaysia’s Gianni Subba is a 23-year-old flyweight prospect from Kuala Lumpur. He spends his time carefully honing his craft with talented teammates, including brother Keanu, at Bali Muay Thai & MMA in Indonesia. A winner of four of his last five bouts, Subba is a seasoned athlete with a stellar 7-2 clip in his young career. Five of his seven wins have come either by submission or by crowd-pleasing technical knockout. In his next assignment, the crafty Yago Bryan poses a stern challenge.

Yago Bryan of Rio de Janeiro is a Brazilian strawweight prospect who took on former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in his promotional debut. The 24-year old more than held his own against the Muay Thai veteran, going back-and-forth with Dejdamrong for five gruelling rounds. Skilled in both the striking and grappling arts, Bryan is making his way back to the ONE Championship cage, this time against Gianni Subba.

The undefeated Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be making a quick return to the ONE Championship cage following his spectacular technical knockout victory over American Brad Robinson this past May. The 20-year-old prospect is a perfect 5-0 as a professional, with four of his five victories ending in the first round. Thani has shown steady improvement in each outing, and will look to put his skills further to the test against the hard-hitting Trestle Tan.

Trestle Tan is a welterweight contender from Manila, Philippines, and is known as one of the hardest punchers in the promotion regardless of weight class. In his last bout, Tan made quick work of Djatmiko Waluyo at ONE: TRIBE OF WARRIORS in Jakarta this past February, winning via rear-naked choke submission in an exciting matchup. He will need to be at full strength as he squares off against Agilan Thani in an incredible showdown of powerful competitors.

22-year-old Keanu Subba of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is a former amateur MMA champion and is one of the most promising young talents in ONE Championship’s featherweight ranks. He is 3-2 as a professional mixed martial artist after making a name for himself as Malaysia’s former MIMMA featherweight champion. Subba’s experience inside the ONE Championship cage as a young fighter has taught him great lessons that he says has helped him improve his overall game. He’ll get the chance to test those skills against Waqar Umar next.

Waqar Umar of Pakistan is a featherweight with a 4-3 professional mixed martial arts record. All four of his victories have come by submission, made possible by his well-established grappling skills. Inside the ONE Championship cage, he’s faced the likes of Peter Davis, Amir Khan, and Benedict Ang. His next task is to take on rising Malaysian star Keanu Subba.

In the evening’s Facebook Livestream preliminary bouts, Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion Bruno Pucci will take on Nuerdebieke Bahetihan, while Indian female atomweight Jeet Toshi makes her return to the ONE Championship cage against undefeated Taiwanese female fighter Jenny Huang. They will be accompanied by former WBF Asia-Pacific Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion Hisyam Samsudin and current MIMMA Featherweight Champion Muhammad Aiman, who will face off in a battle of Malaysian prospects to kick off ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS.

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Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219

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From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game. 

Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.

The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.

After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.

“Those insights are covering entire aspects  of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“

Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”

He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”

As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed,  force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.

The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).

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Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221

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UFC 221 in Perth has officially added a another Australian to the main card. Joining Robert Whittaker is the knockout legend Mark Hunt.

The Daily Telegraph first reported that Hunt will be stepping into the octagon to face #9 Curtis Blaydes. Some weren’t sure if we would ever see Hunt fight again after he was pulled from the main event in UFC Fight Night 21 against Marcin Tybura. The UFC removed him due to “medical concerns” while Hunt was stating he was perfectly fine.

After getting evaluated and cleared to fight by Australian and American doctors, it looks like his time has come to return.  Hunt’s last fight was back in June when he derailed the Derrick Lewis hype train with a 4th round TKO win.

Hunt had been adamant about calling out #3 ranked heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and trying to get that rematch booked, labelling Werdum a “chicken shit” and a “coward.”

Curtis “Razor” Blaydes who has an 8-1 record, is coming off a TKO victory due to doctor stoppage at UFC 217 in November. Since losing to now title challenger Francis Ngannou in April of 2016, Blaydes has rattled off three straight wins over Alexey Oleynik, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Cody East.

With all this momentum from the win streak, Blaydes looks to capitalize and win the biggest fight of his career against Hunt.

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Angela Magana says she has been cut from the UFC

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Angela Magana announced her release from the UFC on Twitter yesterday.

The now-former UFC strawweight was 0-3, in as many contests with the promotion. Her most recent loss came at the hands of Amanda Cooper, at UFC 218, on the UFC Fight Pass Prelims. A bout which she lost by TKO in the second round.

Her first opportunity arose with the UFC when she appeared on, The Ultimate Fighter 20. A #12 seed, in the tournament of strawweights, Magana lost her preliminary round bout to #4 seed, Aisling Daly. Unfortunately, her promotional debut, on The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 20, resulted in another loss. Tecia Torres defeated Magana that night via unanimous decision. The following summer, Magana fought Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson at The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 21. Waterson won by submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round of the bout.

Oddly enough, following her July 2015, loss to Waterson and before her final bout with the UFC, Magana seemingly instigated a feud between herself and current featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. A feud which began on social media and boiled over at the 2017 UFC Athlete Retreat. Disregarding her well-documented spat with Cris “Cyborg”, Magana managed her way through a storm of misfortune on her way to UFC 218.

After falling in love with Puerto Rico while on vacation, Magana moved to the island in the fall of 2016. Her entire life followed her there, as she began to train on the island she fell in love with. The tropical paradise turned to an apocalyptic wasteland following Hurricane Maria, the category five hurricane which decimated the area. The disaster became an extreme hindrance for the strawweight.

Her UFC 218 bout became official in early October. Yet, in spite of horrendous living conditions, she powered on through the natural disaster that left her home without power, until the week of the fight. Magana took to social media to tell fans that she would not stop fighting and is currently training for her next opportunity.

 

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