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Fights that we want to see on ONE Championship : Age of Champions

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There have been a roller coaster of news lately from ONE FC. Two February ONE FC cards were pulled without any offcial reason according to mma-in-asia.com. One in china and the other featuring UFC and Pride Veteran Jens Pulver in Jakarta. Unprecedentedly ONE FC also recently change their name to One Championship again without any official statement.

However the official good news is a flyweight title fight have been set up in March between Champion Adriano Moraes and Debutant Riki Shibuya in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The card is expected to heavily feature local favourites with lightweight Peter Davis and women straweight Ann Osman slated to be on the card. With only one fight confirmed with six weeks to go, we decided to come up with our very own unofficial Age of Champions card.

Poll on One Championship FB page

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Peter Davis Vs Vincent Latoel

Topping the popularity poll, Peter Davis have been on a run lately with two TKO wins in 2014. His last fight was dubbed as the toughest fight of his career and the only way to go for Peter is one level up. Vincent Latoel is possibly one of the toughest guys in the lightweight division. Within 31 pro MMA fights, Vincent last suffered a KO/TKO loss 11 years ago with current UFC fighter Tom Ninimaki. We asked Vincent and he thinks it would be an awesome fight. We think so too.

Ev Ting Vs Rob Lisita

Rob Lisita calling out Ev Ting

Rob Lisita calling out Ev Ting

As much as Malaysia would like to claim Ev Ting as one of their own, he spent most of his life in New Zealand and trains in Auckland. With back to back TKO wins in 2014, EV have been swiftly rising up the ranks of the featherweight division. Despite suffering back to back losses, Rob Lisita is still considered as the best 145lbs fighter in the Oceanic region. He recently called out Ev on facebook and this would be the perfect match to claim Oceanic supremacy. Rob told us that he have not been offered as of yet.

Melvin Yeoh vs Radeem Rahman

No Malaysian card would be complete without a causeway battle and it’s been a long time coming for the return of Malaysian favorite fighter Melvin Yeoh. The MMA world have not seen Melvin Yeoh in the cage for a long while but he have been keeping himself busy winning local Muay Thai events. Singapore favorite Radeem Rahman on the other hand have heightened the causeway rivalry by stunning Malaysian Raymond Tan before losing a decision in Cambodia.  There is no better story than the return of the Melvin Yeoh to restore Malaysian pride while the young blood Radeem Rahman seeks to continue to stamp his name in Asian MMA.

Ann Osman vs Jujeath Nagaowa

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We know they are both of different weight classes and we know everyone is considering Russian Irina Mazepa but there are only two women who are coming off back to back wins in One Championship and its none other than Ann and Jujeath. Remember when fans were calling out for a catchweight battle between Ronda Rousey vs Cyborg? This is the closest ONE Championship could emulate what UFC didn’t deliver.

Gianni Subba vs Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke

Both have collected four wins in the ONE Championship flyweight division and the winner of this lightning pace battle would surely propel himself up the 57kg rankings. No better fire starter than having two fighters from arguably the best gyms in South East Asia. Phuket Top Team vs Evolve MMA. Are you ready to witness a battle?

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut. There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level.

One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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