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Legowo: I’ll stand and bang against Mario

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Yohan Mulia Legowo have risen to stardom in Indonesia during the early days of Indonesian MMA, racking up 6 consecutive wins before defeated by Fransino Tirta on his last outing in TPI FC before the show’s cancellation which drove Indonesian MMA underground.

After a 6-year hiatus, he returned to professional MMA when the competition in the region slowly reemerged. His second stint, however, has so been far less successful, with a single come back from behind victory in his Legend FC debut followed by 3 consecutive losses. Despite the setbacks, the Solo native is adamant that he still have a lot to offer as a professional fighter.

“Yes, I’ve had difficult moments building my gym in Solo, and those 3 losses happened as I did not focus as much as I should be when preparing for the fight. This time it’s different. HAN Academy MMA is now up and running, and I can get my focus back to training for the fight, and I’m confident that I can get the win this time around.
“Rest assured, I have no intention to retire from active fighting, and I am working hard to prove myself in ONE”
Even though the 35-year old has been fighting for more than 10-years, Legowo is one of the few fighters who does not cut a lot of weight heading into the fight, which often leads to size disadvantage against other featherweights, and particularly apparent on his recent fights on featherweight. However, with ONE’s new weight cutting policy starting this year, Legowo will no longer face the size disadvantage that haunts him, and things may turn for the better.

“The new rules (on weight cutting ban) really works in my favor, as throughout my fight career, admittedly, I have not done a lot of weight cutting. Now, fighting on my normal (walking) weight, there is no more doubt, and I’ll step into the ring

Fighting in Jakarta under ONE cage for the second time, Legowo will face his compatriot Mario Satya Wirawan, who recently made a highlight reel win with a 6-second KO win against Chan Heng. Undeterred, Legowo even look forward to go to a standup war with the former bantamweight.

“Mario’s victory in Cambodia shows that he packs a punch. I’ll be interested to stand and bang with him. This will definitely be an action-packed fight.”

Finally, as one of the pioneers in Indonesian MMA who have seen the progress and setbacks in Indonesian MMA, Legowo are optimistic on the future of Indonesian MMA, particularly in relation to Indonesian TV Station TV ONE’s recent decision to host their MMA show locally.

“TV ONE with his ONE Pride will have a positive impact on the progress of MMA in Indonesia, and that includes my academy in Solo. Our academy, for one, have 8 fighter who are ready for the bigger stage like ONE Championship, and this will give them more opportunity to develop their career.

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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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