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Tee Jac Yoe vs Effendey Kalai : What you need to know

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MIMMA(Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts) finally released an official statement one week after the unfortunate ending between Tee Jac Yoe vs Effendey Kalai on MIMMA3 grand finals. The bout set for the 135lbs title have been turned into a no contest. Below official statement taken off MIMMA’s facebook page.

We appreciate your patience in regards to the ‪#‎MIMMA3‬ Bantamweight Championship fight between Effendey Kalai and Tee Jac Yoe. The most important immediate task after the fight was to ensure the safety and well being of our fighter. As for the outcome of the fight, we saw it is very important to give as much time as possible, with all the available resources and the expertise to come up with a conclusive decision. After going through all the recordings of the fight, the bout is ruled a No Contest. We highly regard the concern shown by the MMA community for both the safety of the fighter and also the decision of the fight. We aim to continuously grow the sport together with the community as only with everyone’s cooperation and shared passion, then we can achieve the goal of making Malaysia the MMA hub of the region.

Earlier, a local Chinese newspaper published the result of Effendey winning by disqualification coupled by MIMMA being muted over the incident and the omission of the fight footage have pushed Tee Jac’s camp to display sentiments of anger on social media. While the fight was being treated as a classified document, amatuer footage(warning: viewer’s discretion is advised) surfaced on youtube aiding Tee Jac’s quest for justice.

Purely based on the above footage, it is only fair that MIMMA declared a no contest which significantly ease the current tension. Though the official footage may still be hidden from the eyes of the masses, the concerns arising from the bout still remain. At around 5 minutes in the video, a medical staff applied CPR on Effendey.

In the conservative South East Asian region, it is widely perceived that such a scene could tarnish the image of the sport. Promotions within the region tirelessly educate the public that MMA is a safe sport, that safety aspects are maintained to the highest of standards in the interest of the fighter’s health especially to deter the public from believing that “MMA can kill people”.

FYI, MMA can indeed kill people. 29-year-old Congolese fighter Booto Guylain, died a week later on March 5, 2014 after his fight on EFC 27 as a result of complications related to the swelling of the brain. It is impossible to argue that MMA cannot kill people, when the sport involves striking each other’s heads especially when “tamer” sports like football or cycling had their fair share of tragedies for the past decade. Fortunately, Effendey is safe and did not suffer any major injuries.

Though one shouldn’t disregard the sensitivity of the issue, one should neither disregard it completely. MMA Latest resident doctor Dr. Miria Soedarsono stated that “a sudden strike with a significant amount of pressure to any part of the head could lead to neurological damage resulting in loss of consciousness or even death.”  She also explained that chest compression should be initiated as soon as the hearbeat is undetectable and is not needed as long as the heart is functioning even though there could be symptoms of neurological damage.

It is understood in medical ethics that the CPR process have to be covered away from public eyes as much as possible, respecting the patient’s autonomy which MIMMA have done by ommiting the footage from their official website. While MIMMA regarded the sensitivity of the issue, MIMMA shouldn’t disregard the fight completely. According to a close source, we will be expecting official footage of the fight to be released in the coming days.

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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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