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Combat sports in Singapore continue to grow in leaps and bounds




In a conservative country where the majority are known to be unfavourable of the violence perceived in combat sports has unexpectedly grown exponentially over the years. Singapore, one of the smallest nations in the world with a little over 5 million in population has switched towards the right stance in combat sports.

Mohamad Nor Rizan celebrating his WBC title win last weekend


Last weekend, a local Boxing Promotion, Thrive Championship crowned their first WBC Asia Continental Bantamweight champion. Singaporean Mohamad Nor Rizan who turned 39 last month, defeated 24-year-old Thailand’s champion Piched via Knockout in the 9th round.

IBO Champion, Muhammad Ridhwan(center) in attendance at Thrive Championship

Another Singaporean boxing champ, who was spotted among the crowd at The Pavillion last weekend, will have the chance to claim the IBO Intercontinental super featherweight title. The 29-year-old current UBO world super featherweight title holder, Muhammad Ridhwan will be fighting at Suntec City on the 20th of October under another boxing promotion named Ringstar.

Muay Thai

Thrive also held their Muay Thai card the following day after their Boxing event in front of a sold out crowd. New kids on the block Asia Fighting Championship will also be organizing a Muay Thai event on the 23rd of September at The Marina Bay Sands and has announced a local celebrity fight between Singapore Idol finalist Sylvester Sim and Steven Lim Kor Kor in an effort to draw fans to their show.


Jiujitsu and wrestling are not left behind with GrappleAsia at the helm recently featuring prominent BJJ black belt Keenan Cornelius. They have been holding events regularly in Singapore and seems to be growing steadily since their inception in 2014. Their next event, the Dumau Asian Open will be held at Atrium @ Aperia Mall on the 23rd of September.

Credit: Dave Tong


Local promotion, Singapore Fighting Championship is set to hold an event in September with a combined card of kickboxing, boxing and MMA. The upcoming event will be their 6th event in three years since their first show in December 2014.

SFC 1 in December 2014

IMMAF(The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation) held their inaugural show in Singapore Leading up to UFC’s 2nd appearance in the nation. Strong attendance and ticket sales for the Ultimate Fighting Championship would make it a huge probability for their return next year as they continue their expansion in Asia.

ONE atomweight women’s champion Angela Lee

Last but not least, One Championship which is headquartered in Singapore has been holding 2-3 events per year and their rising star Canadian-American Angela Lee, who is their atomweight women’s champion has been the key factor to grow their Singaporean audience. Their next show in Singapore is scheduled on the 24th of November at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Looking ahead

Singapore combat sports scene is growing faster than it has ever been in years. The multiple platforms available for local fighters to show that they are on par or better than their regional or international counterparts have been the catalyst.

Like Pacquiao for the Filipinos and Conor for the Irish, Singaporeans are in dire need for a hero to cheer on and the exposure and success of fighters like Mohamad Nor Rizan and Muhammad Ridhwan have definitely aided the cause.

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220



UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview



Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 



Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.

Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.

The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar.  While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.

Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.

Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

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