Connect with us

asia

UFC Fight Night 75 Japan- MMA Latest Post Fight Bonuses

Published

on

UFC Fight Night 75 is in the books, it was a fun night of fights in the legendary Saitiama Super arena where the main event hosted two heavyweight legends; Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson. Overall it was a slow night for TKO’s and submissions with only four of them (2 KO/TKO, 1 Sub, 1 nasty injury) but, the three fights that ended with a finish were ended in extraordinary ways. Tonight MMA Latest will be issuing a KO of the Night, Performance of the Night, and a Submission of the Night bonus!

Performance of the Night: Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson

The performance of the night bonus goes to the Warmaster, Josh Barnett. Barnett has made a name for himself in Japan via the defunct PRIDE organization, and being an ambassador for Japanese Pro Wrestling. Barnett was the crowd and Vegas favorite to win this fight. It was Barnett’s first fight for the UFC in nearly 18 months; his last contest he was defeated by Travis Browne. Although he took an 18 month layoff, it appeared that Barnett came into this fight in the best shape he has ever been in (237 pounds) and it proved effective due to the fact that the Heavyweights would go 5 rounds. Barnett controlled much of the striking game and utilized his clinch frequently and effectively. Aside from a few take downs by Nelson; he didn’t prove to be a problem for Barnett as Barnett was able to efficiently dodge the patented overhand right of Nelson. After the fight Barnett showed true sportsmanship by giving Roy Nelson much credit and that he is the type of fighter the Heavyweight division needs. Barnett is the winner by UD and states that he was “ok” tonight, but nothing he did was good enough. Welcome back Josh.

KO of the Knight: Uriah Hall vs. Gegard Mousasi

Uriah Hall has been known to under-perform in big time fights; most recently he lost a lackluster decision to Rafael Natal in May of 2015. That being said, Uriah hall also has the potential to be one of the more exciting finishers in the stacked Middleweight division. Hall was able to shock the world tonight when he was able to do what the likes of Lyoto Machida, Jacare Souza, Dan Henderson, and even Mark Hunt were unable to accomplish. Uriah Hall defeated Mousasi via TKO from strikes; this was the first time that Mousasi has ever been defeated by strikes in his 12 year professional career. Uriah Hall showed early that he was more than a 1 trick pony, after Mousasi scored a takedown; Hall displayed some of his new-found ground game and attempted multiple submissions from the bottom position. Round 2 was a whole different story for Hall, early in the round, Hall through one of his well known spinning back kicks which caught Mousasi flush to the jaw. The kick staggered Mousasi and Hall followed it up with a vicious flying knee, sending Mousasi to the canvas. Followed up with some Ground and Pound, the Ref had no other choice but to call the fight. Hall shocked the world and he should be in for a high profile fight in the near future!

Submission of the Night: Keita Nakamura vs. Li Jingliang

A back and forth fight for the better part of 2 and a half rounds ended with a spectacular transition to the back and a standing Rear Naked Choke that ended precisely how you’d expect it to, face first into the canvas! Nakamura and Jingliang traded back and forth for the majority of the fight; if it had gone to a decision the fight could have been scored in the majority for either fighter. Nakamura assured us that he wasn’t going to let it go to a decision. A scramble ensues in the middle of the final round and Nakamura jumps the back of Jingliang, sinking in the standing Rear Naked choke. The Chinese fighter collapses face first to the mat, unconscious and Nakamura is the winner via 3rd round submission!

Onnit Primal Bells

asia

Highest Ranked Strawweight Outside of the UFC challenged Angela Lee to a title fight in One Championship

Hazwady

Published

on

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.

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading

asia

Martin Nguyen to challenge Eduard Folayang’s title in Manila for the first champion vs champion fight in ONE Championship

Published

on

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

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading

Announcement

Bashir Ahmad embraces new role in ONE Championship

Published

on

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.”

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading

Trending