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Interview with Gianni Subba: Ready For Title Contention




Gianni Subba’s name is practically synonymous with Malaysian MMA. The young fighter made shockwaves after knocking out Singaporean fighter Bruce Loh with a soccer kick early in the first round of their bout. Gianni is now set for his 8th pro-MMA fight at ‘ONE Championship: Kingdom of Khmer’ against Thai MMA fighter Anatpong “Mak Mak” Bunrad.

MMA Latest caught up with Gianni on his 23rd birthday, only one day before the fight that could propel him towards becoming the number one contender in the ONE flyweight division.

MMA Latest: Mak Mak is a tough opponent and considered one of the top fighters in the flyweight division. Does it worry you that you are taking this fight on a short notice?

Gianni Subba: I train year round and I am always in decent shape, I took this fight against Mak Bunrad because I want to test myself against the best in the division and also to prove that Malaysians can fight at a high level. I know that he is coming off a big win against former title challenger Geje (Eustaquio) and that he is very well rounded in all aspects of MMA. I have made vast improvements in my game during my time training at bali MMA so wherever this fight goes I will be ready.

MMA Latest: Do you think a win against Mak Mak will put you on the position to challenge for the title?

Gianni Subba: Mak is a high-level fighter and winning this fight will definitely escalate my credentials as a fighter and position me closer to being a contender for the ONE flyweight world champion title.

“Anything can happen in MMA and whoever’s gameplan works that night will take it.”

MMA Latest: Mak is fighting out of your former team and you must have an idea how the guys from his team trains. In your opinion, Does that give you any advantage for this camp?

Gianni Subba: Both of us have improved and worked on different things since. I don’t think it gives us both any advantage coming from the same camp previously. Anything can happen in MMA and whoever’s gameplan works that night will take it.

MMA Latest: There was a controversy of who really won the flyweight championship match between Adriano Moraes and Kairat Akhmetov. Who do you think that won the fight? And how do you think you will do against the new champion?

Gianni Subba: It was a really close fight. Either way I am prepared for both fighters. I train hard with my team and work on the best strategy for each fight. So when I meet them I will be ready.

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RIZIN Fighting World Grand Prix 2017: 1st Round Results



The first day of RIZIN FF action is in the books after a action packed yet bizarre night/morning of fights. We now have the semi finalists of the bantamweight GP which will take place on the stacked New Years Eve card. The card displayed plenty of Japanese MMA talent, 3 of which are in the semi finals of the bantamweight GP. The undercard featured plenty of close fights including upsets over Reina Miura and Anthony Birchak. The full results are as follows:

Main Card

Kyoji Horiguchi def. Gabriel Oliveira via TKO (punches) – Round 1 – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket A)

Manel Kape def. Ian McCall via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1 – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket A)

Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Kevin Petshi via knockout (punch) – Round 1 – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket B)

Takafumi Otsuka def. Khalid Taha via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3 – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal (bracket B)

Preliminary Card

Jiri Prochazka def. Karl Albrektsson via TKO (punches) – Round 1

Cindy Dandois def. Reina Miura via split decision

Jae Hoon Moon def. Anthony Birchak via split decision – bantamweight grand prix quarterfinal reserve bout

Kai Asakura def. Kizaemon Saiga via TKO (punches, knee) – Round 2

Kana Watanabe def. Shizuka Sugiyama via unanimous decision

Kiichi Kunimoto def. Satoru Kitaoka via unanimous decision

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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.

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, 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



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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