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Three new fights added to ONE: Defending Honor on November 11

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ONE: Defending Honor is nicely taking shape for November 11 and is set to be one of ONE Championships biggest cards of the year. The event is set to take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium with a main event featuring ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki facing Eduard Folayang. In the co-main event, ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov takes on former champion Narantungalag Jadambaa in a highly-anticipated rematch.

Today a series of undercard fights were announced via press release – the fight card is now as follows:

ONE: Defending Honor Fight Card:

Shinya Aoki vs. Eduard Folayang
Marat Gafurov vs. Narantungalag Jadambaa
Eddie Ng vs. Adrian Pang
Timofey Nastyukhin vs. Kotetsu Boku
Amir Kahn vs. Samir Mrabet,
Michelle Nicolini vs. Mona Samir
Tiffany Teo vs. Walaa Abbas
Benedict Ang vs. Ahmed Mujtaba
Niko Soe vs. Muhammad Haidar

Press release:

26-year-old Tiffany “Soul Crusher” Teo is a female mixed martial artist who is set to make her ONE Championship debut in the promotion’s flyweight division. She holds an unblemished professional record of three wins and no losses, knocking out two opponents and submitting one. Born in Brunei and raised in Singapore, Teo began training in Taekwondo at age 19 before moving on to compete in Muay Thai and eventually transitioning to MMA. Teo is set to make her first appearance inside the ONE Championship cage against Walaa Abbas.

“It is an honor for me to compete in ONE Championship. I am very blessed to be in the position that I am, ready to give it my all and take it one fight at a time. I’m also excited to perform in front of my friends and family in Singapore,” Teo stated.

Walaa “Katyusha” Abbas of Cairo, Egypt is a 32-year-old female fighter currently competing in ONE Championship’s flyweight division. She is a former Egyptian Boxing Champion who made the transition to mixed martial arts in 2012, joining ONE a few years later to take on top contenders Ana Julaton and Ann Osman. She now returns to the ONE Championship cage to go up against Singaporean female MMA prospect Tiffany Teo, who is making her promotional debut.

Unbeaten young Singaporean mixed martial arts prospect Benedict Ang owns a professional record of three wins and no losses. The 20-year-old hones his craft with world-class teammates as a member of the mighty Evolve Fight Team based in Singapore. At his best, Ang is a dynamic striker with a solid grappling skill set. In his last bout, Ang stopped Filipino Jimmy Yabo via third round technical knockout. He now takes on Ahmed Mujtaba in a featherweight contest.

Ahmed “The Wolverine” Mujtaba is a Pakistani mixed martial artist set to compete in ONE Championship’s stacked featherweight division. He owns a professional record of five wins and no losses, with all of his wins coming by spectacular finish. He is known for his tremendous grappling technique which has led to four submissions out of five total victories. Mujtaba is ready to make his ONE Championship promotional debut against local hero Benedict Ang.

Singaporean flyweight prospect Niko Soe is 23-year-old with a 2-1 professional mixed martial arts record. He possesses a well-rounded skill set complete with a great kickboxing base and a capable ground game. Making his first appearance inside the ONE Championship cage, Soe will look to impress his hometown crowd by claiming victory in spectacular fashion. Soe is set to do battle against Malaysia’s Muhamad Haidar.

22-year-old Muhamad “The Rising” Haidar of Selangor, Malaysia is a professional mixed martial artist competing in ONE Championship’s deep flyweight division. He is a Selangor State Boxer who has trained extensively in boxing, Muay Thai and wrestling. Haidar will make his return to the ONE Championship cage opposite local fighter, Singaporean Niko Soe in a three-round flyweight contest.

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Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219



Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.

Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.

Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.

After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.

Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.

With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:

Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout

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Holloway vs Edgar set to headline UFC 218



UFC 218 is set to take place on Saturday, December 2nd, in Detroit, Michigan at the Little Caesars Arena and will be available on pay-per-view.

The event is now set to be headlined by Max Holloway’s first featherweight title defense since he won the belt at UFC 212 against the legendary Jose Aldo. In his first title defense, he will take in another MMA legend in New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar.

UFC 218 will mark Frankie Edgar’s third attempt at winning the featherweight crown, with his first two attempts coming against Jose Aldo at UFC 156 and UFC 200. Edgar will be looking to become a two-weight world champion, having previously been the UFC lightweight champion. He will once again attempt to join an elite group which includes Conor McGregor, B.J. Penn, and Randy Couture as the only fighters to have been champions in two weight divisions.

Edgar is a worthy contender but you have to feel that if Aldo had won at UFC 212 then Edgar may have waited a lot longer for his return to fight for a championship. But with a new champ and McGregor firmly out the picture, the featherweight division can thrive with some new match ups.

And what a matchup this is, as we get to see two incredible fighters with two different styles take each other on, in what could turn out to be one of the fights of the year.

The UFC 218 card is now shaping up nicely as the main event joins Francis Ngannou vs Alistair Overeem on the card. As well as several other bouts such as Alvarez vs Gaethje, Cejudo vs Pettis and Herrig vs Casey.

Will Holloway extend his unbeaten run to 12 fights or will Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar cement his legacy with his second UFC world title? The world will find out on December 2nd.

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BREAKING: Carlos Condit Returns to Face Neil Magny at UFC 219




Carlos Condit is back. After almost two years away from the octagon, ‘The Natural Born Killer’ will fight Neil Magny at UFC 219 on December 30th.

Whilst Condit has been amid rumors of retirement ever since his first round submission loss to Demian Maia back in August of 2016, he will be returning to action after all.

Condit’s return was in question, but his recent action on Twitter sparked some noise, when he hinted at a possible return.

‘The Natural Born Killer’ is currently ranked 7th in the welterweight division, he will be facing Neil Magny on December 30th, 2017, which is on the weekend of New Year’s Eve.

This fight adds onto an already-stacked card that is UFC 219, which also includes the return of the former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a rising contender in the strawweight division in Cynthia Calvillo, and Condit’s addition to the card only makes it better.

Both Condit and Magny will be looking to get back on the winning track in this fight. This fight delivers some mix-up in the division, and with Thompson and Masvidal matched up already in the top 5, this fight will give both fighters a great opportunity to jump right back into the title fight. Magny’s last fight was against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 215, where he lost in the first round via arm-triangle choke.

Now with the addition of Condit vs. Magny, here is the line-up so far for UFC 219.

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
  • Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
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