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Former commentator Jason Chambers reveals his frustrations at One Championship

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Jason Chambers, best known for his role as the host of the popular weekly television program Human Weapon on The History Channel, revealed to MMA Latest that he was the man behind the 3000-word controversial piece on manlymenstuff.com slamming One Championship. MMA Latest caught up with the former official commentator of the promotion in light of his hard-hitting article, discussing his experience working with the company thus far.

“I had a great experience working as a commentator with One Championship and have no issues with them as it pertains to my time in the booth. When my contract was up. Victor(Cui) wanted me to do more events and voice overs for China shows and it wasn’t something we could come to terms on.  Just business…  Before my last event in Dubai, they offered to renew my contract and I said no.” – Jason Chambers

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One of the shocking parts of Jason’s article was his revelation of One Championship’s and Evolve MMA chairman, Chatri Sidyotong. In the article, he stated that “being a gym owner and big wig of an organization inherently creates a conflict of interest. One of EVOLVE’s interest is Ben Askren and as we know, people always want to protect their “interest”.  You simply cannot serve two masters.  What is good for EVOLVE may not be good for ONE Championship and vice-versa.” However, Jason feels his article didn’t really focused on Chatri.

“Chatri is a great guy and I don’t feel that the article focused on him so much as the other side of what was happening. We saw the media start pumping out a bunch of stories about SAPO(Luis Santos) and Victor(Cui) tweeting about his “unprofessionalism” and I thought it was prudent and only fair to have the full story out.   No one was making excuses for Santos or knocking what One has done for MMA, but the truth speaks for itself. I  have the utmost respect for Chatri,  Matt Hume, and everyone on the One Championship team. ” Jason Chambers

Jason is also the partner of Apex Sports Agency. The sports management agency represents Luis Santos along with other athletes in a multitude of sports. While Jason assures that the promotion has never treated him unfairly, he was very upset with how the promotion treated Luis Santos.

“I was very upset that Sapo spent all his money getting ready for two fights in good faith and then they kept changing the dates on him and didn’t seem to care if he could even afford to eat. This is supposed to be a multi-million dollar company that always compares itself to the UFC but refuses to do what is right. You have a fighter who is struggling to survive after spending all of his cash getting ready for three different dates that they gave him. What sent me over the edge was that they didn’t tell Ben(Askren) to get ready.  I can see an event getting moved, but why only tell 1 guy(Luis Santos)? It doesn’t look good on an organization when they are telling one fighter to get ready for multiple dates when the champion is “their  boy” and is not getting ready for anything besides Nov 13th. It starts to raise questions like ‘did they do that to intentionally mess with Sapos training to ensure Ben would remain champion?, I honestly don’t think that’s is the case, but it’s “shitty” that they wouldn’t help him out.” Jason Chambers

Jason told MMA Latest that he even tried asking the CEO of the promotion personally multiple times but he did not receive any reply.

“It was a blatant “no fucks given” attitude. I asked Victor about it and he said he understood completely and would see what he could do. Meanwhile, they have Sapo running around for interviews, medicals, all the typical stuff. That answer never came. I asked Victor on four or five more occasions if they were going to do anything to right this and he blew it off. Completely disrespectful to Sapo in my opinion. Let me be very clear, as a person I like Vic(Victor Cui), but I have a hard time respecting someone that is all talk. ” – Jason Chambers

Jason continued the verbal assault, criticizing the promotion’s implementation of the Warrior’s bonus. Victor Cui introduced the warrior’s bonus on July 11, 2014, stating that a USD$50k bonus will be awarded to the fighter that impresses him in terms of four factors,
a) thrilling the fans with exciting action,
b) demonstrating an incredible warrior spirit,
c) exhibiting amazing skill, and
d) delivering a phenomenal finish.
The first and the last recipient of the Warrior’s bonus was Eric Kelly who was awarded for his victory over Rob Lisita on July 12, 2014.

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“I mean look at this Warrior’s bonus. One Championship talked about giving out 50k to fighters that impressed Victor. I think this is a clear-cut move to copy what the UFC does with their bonuses. But the difference is the UFC gives out multiple bonuses every fight. How many warrior bonuses have been given out in the hundreds of fights they have had since? Are you going to sit here and tell me that hundreds of fighters have not impressed you enough to get that money or is there a reason behind the fact that you can’t send fighters a couple thousand dollars after they break their necks getting ready for fights that you keep changing!” – Jason Chambers

Jason further slams how Victor responded to the media, especially on the tweet that the CEO thinks that Santos is scared to face Ben Asken.

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Jason also revealed that Luis Santos never agreed to the 190lbs stipulation

“We were happy to let bygones be bygones but then Victor starts calling Sapo scared … which is just absolutely ludicrous. Ben is a world class athlete and it sucks that he didn’t get to fight, but a 90-year-old with glaucoma could see that Santos was winning that first fight. And I completely understand being upset as an organization which spent time money, effort, and resources to promote the main event that doesn’t happen. That would piss me off too. And I think Victor was completely justified in saying Sapo was unprofessional. I told Sapo that missing weight was unprofessional,  Sapo knows that but trying to spin it into “he’s scared” is absurd.” – Jason Chambers

Jason ends the interview telling us about his current projects within and outside the MMA world

“I stay hectically busy.  Apex is going great, I’m staying connected in the MMA space working with Fight Pass, ManlyMenStuff is a new digital property we launched on October and I’m starting a charity that focuses on creating awareness around bullies and bullying.” – Jason Chambers.

You can catch Jason Chambers commentating for Shoot Brazil on UFC Fight Pass.

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Highest Ranked Strawweight Outside of the UFC challenged Angela Lee to a title fight in One Championship

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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.

Zhang Weili(Left) at Kunlun FC 12

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.

Fightmatrix rankings as per 9/10/2017

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.

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Martin Nguyen to challenge Eduard Folayang’s title in Manila for the first champion vs champion fight in ONE Championship

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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

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Bashir Ahmad embraces new role in ONE Championship

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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.

“EssentiallyI 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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