The accounts below are purely based on multiple interviews conducted with Arnaud Lepont and his camp.
Sunday 27th September 2015
Istora Senayan – One Championship Odyssey of Champions Arnaud Lepont vs Vincent LatoelRound 1
At the end of round 1, Arnaud’s suffered a cut above his eye, a broken nose and was choking on his own blood.
The fight was stopped in the middle of round 2. Arnaud then collapsed and was assisted to stand back up, but he refused the assistance and insisted on walking out of the cage himself.
In the tunnel, Arnaud passed out again. He fell face first on the concrete floor and was bleeding profusely from the nose. People on site rushed to help Arnaud and he was brought to the medical area.
One Championship’s doctor asked him questions to determine his consciousness. The doctor then asked Arnaud if he wants to go to the hospital. Arnaud was half conscious and incoherent. The medical staff stuffed his nose to stop the bleeding while the doctor left. Arnaud’s camp tried to search for the doctor to get a referral letter to the hospital, but he could not be found. Arnaud, with his camp accompanied by a Liaison Officer, was then transported to the hospital via an ambulance without an IV line.
1st Hospital (Arnaud’s camp couldn’t confirm the name of the hospital but vaguely remembered that it could be Rumah Sakit Jakarta)Arnaud was sent to the doctor at the 1st hospital and the doctor wanted an x-ray to confirm that his nose is broken. Arnaud’s camp found only a letter stating One championship would pay the medical fees. There was no referral letter to be found. X-ray findings confirmed that Arnaud broke his nose and the doctor of the 1st hospital wanted his nose to be fixed, but he would have to be transported to another hospital. During this time, the Liaison Officer conveyed to Arnaud’s camp that a representative from One Championship stated that only the consultation is covered and not the medication. Arnaud, with his camp accompanied by a Liaison Officer, was then transported to the second hospital via an ambulance without an IV line.
Monday 28th September 2015
2nd hospital RSCM (Rumah Sakit Dr. Cipto Magunkusomo)
Around 3 am
The head of the residency explained that there was no CT scan available in the morning. Arnaud had his eyebrow wound stitched and tampons put into his nose. The Liaison Officer got instructions from a One Championship representative to leave Arnaud’s camp. Arnaud’s camp requested for the Liaison Officer to stay and asked the whereabouts of the One Championship Doctor. One Championship then traded the current LO with another LO and said that their doctor is already at the hotel and will come to the hospital to check on Arnaud first thing in the morning.
Around 9:30 am
Arnaud was still waiting to be warded and was left on a gurney at the Public ER waiting room. Arnaud’s camp requested for Arnaud to be shifted to a private wing. The doctor cited financial issues but obliged after much persuasion. Arnaud was then moved to the private wing at around 11:30 am.
Around 11:30 am
Arnaud was finally fixed with an iv line after being moved to a private wing. Arnaud’s camp found out that the fees for the private wing cost around USD $80 a day.
Around 2 pm
Arnaud went through a CT scan and the results proved negative. Arnaud’s camp did not find the One Championship doctor at the premises.Tuesday 29th September 2015
2nd hospital RSCM (Rumah Sakit Dr. Cipto Magunkusomo)Around 6am
Arnaud underwent nose surgery around 6 am.
One Championship’s representative, who already made the trip back to Singapore, contacted Arnaud’s camp and assumed that Arnaud was already ok since he just posted a status on Facebook.In the evening, Arnaud started feeling bad and got worse through the night. He had a severe headache, cold sweats and nausea. Arnaud’s camp did not find the One Championship doctor at the premises.
Wednesday 30th September 2015
2nd hospital RSCM(Rumah Sakit Dr. Cipto Magunkusomo)
Doctors were alarmed by Arnaud’s symptoms in the morning. He was put on the IV line again and sedated. He was then sent for an MRI and the results proved negative. A One Championship representative in Singapore told Arnaud’s camp that the One Championship doctor stated Arnaud was fine and can already be discharged. Arnaud’s camp denied the claim and explained that Arnaud just underwent an MRI. Doctors at RSCM were not ready to discharge him as he still needs to get his supporting structures removed from his nose. Arnaud’s camp did not see the One Championship doctor at the premises.Thursday 1st October 2015
2nd hospital RSCM (Rumah Sakit Dr. Cipto Magunkusomo)
Arnaud got his supporting structures removed in the morning. A One Championship representative took a flight from Singapore to Jakarta and met up with Arnaud’s camp at the hospital. The One Championship representative discussed the ordeal with Arnaud’s camp and demanded a timeline. The One Championship representative visited Arnaud while he was sleeping. Arnaud’s camp furnished the timeline to One Championship. Arnaud was then discharged on Thursday night. Arnaud’s camp did not see the One Championship doctor at the premises.
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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