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Marcin Prachnio out of ONE: Quest for Power Headliner



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Only 11 days away from ONE Championship’s Quest for Power event in Indonesia, the promotion have been forced to alter their middleweight title main event involving reigning champion Vitaly Bigdash. Poland’s Marcin Prachnio has suffered an injury in training, and has been replaced by Aung La N Sang, the promotion announced via their website on Tuesday.

Sang, known affectionately as “the Burmese Python” has won four straight inside the ONE Championship cage. After impressing with first round finishes of Mahmoud Salama and Mohamed Ali, Sang took a step up in competition against Alexey Butorin in July. Unlike Sang’s previous opponents, Butorin did make it out of the first round, before succumbing to a choke in the second frame. It was the first defeat of Butorin’s professional career.

Last time out Sang made it four from four under ONE’s promotional banner, as he defeated Poland’s Michal Pasternak by decision. That win moved the fighter into title contention, and following Prachnio’s injury, into a short notice title fight against Vitaly Bigdash on January 14.

Bigdash won the ONE middleweight title in October 2015, defeating Igor Svirid in a two round barnburner. Bigdash was dropped numerous times in the first round, before putting Svirid away early in the second. The champion has not fought since, pulling out of a 2016 title defence against Alexey Butorin through injury.

ONE: Quest for Power takes place January 14 at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. With the alteration to the main event, the current lineup can be seen below:-

  • Middleweight Title: Vitaly Bigdash vs. Aung La N Sang
  • Martin Nguyen vs. Kazunori Yokota
  • Anthony Engelen vs. AJ Lias Mansor
  • Vaughn Donayre vs. Vincent Latoel
  • Jerome S. Paye vs. Stefer Rahardian
  • Rene Catalan vs. Adrian Matheis
  • Chan Heng vs. Sunoto Peringkat
  • S. Arslanaliev vs. Georgi Stoyanov
  • Sherif Mohamed vs. Igor Subora
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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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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.

“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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