The name Peter Davis is synonymous with Malaysian MMA as he is one of the biggest superstars that Malaysia has ever produced. The Wuji MMA product is currently riding on a 4 fight winning streak after suffering his first back to back losses 2 year ago, Davis will now face a tough opponent who is also a superstar in his own rights, Adrian Pang
MMA Latest caught up with Peter to talk about his match with Adrian Pang
MMA Latest: A lot of people think that Adrian Pang is a huge step up in competition after your previous opponents. What is your opinion on that? And how do you prepare for him? Do you change anything in your preparation?
Peter Davis: I think people may be right, I hope he is, I want a fight! His record is pretty good and he has been doing great in ONE Championship. I would like to see what I can do against him and now I have the opportunity. Training has been similar to normal. I’m just working on my strengths against his style, that’s it.
MMA Latest: There’s a huge gap on experience in terms of record between you and Adrian Pang. Does that put any extra pressure on you?
Peter Davis: A fight is a fight at the end of the day, I just hope that I have not calculated my ability badly and when I get in there and realize that he is a few levels above me. I believe that I’ll be able to weather his storm and come out with the W!
MMA Latest: How do you balance this training camp and your other job as a model?
Peter Davis: To be honest, it’s been super busy this time. Training has been hard though so I don’t think anything is affected as much as my lack of sleep! Work hard, Get it done, go home and be happy.
MMA Latest: If you beat Adrian Pang, do you believe that you should challenge for the title? How close do you see yourself to the title?
Peter Davis: If I put enough work in and beat Adrian, then I’m not sure what’s gonna happen with regards to a title shot. I don’t think winning against some of my other opponents would have put me in a position to ask for a shot, but if I get the win again Adrian, that tied in with my current win streak, might just be enough to open the door.
MMA Latest: You had your first back to back loss against Ariel Sexton and Eddie Ng a while ago, do you feel like you have to get a rematch with either of them?
Peter Davis: There was a time and a place for a rematch with Eddie I thought, however that’s passed and Ariel, I wish him luck, I know when someone is too much for me!
MMA Latest: What do you think about the development of MMA in Malaysia. Going from zero to having 2 huge events in the same weekend?
Peter Davis: It’s great and gives the up and coming guys more pressure to perform on top of giving them more exposure. I can’t wait to see how the weekend pans out myself! I’ll be there hosting the MIMMA finals with a pizza if I get the win on Friday or not! MMA is popular here and with the kind of exposure that’s happening now, it will only get bigger as more fans feel the urge to try the sport out. All I can say is its gonna be awesome for Malaysian MMA!
Peter Davis faces Adrian Pang at ONE Championship: Tigers of Asia this Friday at Stadium Putra, Kuala Lumpur
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.
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.
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.
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
Bashir Ahmad embraces new role in ONE Championship
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.
“Essentially, I 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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