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Mma Latest Asia | One Championship Awards 2015




Nominees for submission of the year:
Angela Lee via twister, November 13th 2015 – Pride of Lions

Submission of the year winner: Angela Lee via twister, November 13th 2015 – Pride of Lions

There are no other nominees for submission of the year simply because no other submission in One Championship in 2015 deserves to be in the same breath as Angela Lee’s twister victory over Natalie Gonzales Hills in Singapore.

Nominees for KO/TKO of the year :
Mario Satya Wirawan via punch and soccer kicks, December 5th 2015 – Kingdom of Khmer
Brandon Vera via Head Kick, December 11th 2015 – Spirit of Champions
Irina Mazepa via strikes, October 9th 2015 – Tigers of Asia

KO/TKO of the year winner: Irina Mazepa via strikes, October 9th 2015 – Tigers of Asia

We have the fastest KO in the history of One Championship and the fastest KO victory in the title match in One Championship but the Irina takes the award with one of the most visually brutal knockout One Championship fans have ever seen.

Nominees for Fight of the year:
Koji Ando vs Roger Huerta, September 27th 2015 – Odyssey of Champions
Shannon Wiratchai vs Amir Khan, May 22nd 2015 – Warrior’s Quest
Vitaly Bigdash vs Igor Svirid, October 9th 2015 – Tigers of Asia

Fight of the year winner: Koji Ando vs Roger Huerta, September 27th 2015 – Odyssey of Champions

Technically stunning back and forth action. Though Ando gained the upper hand during the second half of the three round fight, Huerta was always ready to engage, thus making this fight one of the most memorable fights of 2015.

Nominees for Upset of the year:
Reece Mclaren defeating Mark Streigl via 3rd round RNC, December 11th 2015 – Spirit of Champions
Irina Mazepa defeating Ann Osman via 1st round KO, October 9th 2015 – Tigers of Asia
Vitaly Bigdash defeating Igor Svirid via 2nd round TKO(strikes) ,October 9th 2015 – Tigers of Asia

Upset of the year winner: Reece Mclaren defeating Mark Streigl via 3rd round RNC, December 11th 2015 – Spirit of Champions

Physically smaller, short notice replacement Reece Mclaren’s win over Mark Striegl is undoubtedly the biggest, most shocking upset of 2015. If there was an award for comeback of the year, Reece would have claimed that as well.

Nominees for Fighter of the year :
Marat Gafurov
Angela Lee
Gianni Subba

Fighter of the year winner: Marat Gafurov


Our nominees include the fighter with the most appearances and wins in One Championship history in the span of 12 months, Angela Lee and the comeback fighter of the year, Gianni Subba, who recorded an impressive three fight winning streak over formidable opponents but nothing can stop Marat Gafurov’s quest for the 145lbs title and claiming the award for the fighter of the year in 2015.

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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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