Numerous sources today confirmed that a heavyweight fight between Bob Sapp and Rolles Gracie (pictured above) has been added to the card for ONE FC 2 which is taking place in Jakarta on February 11th. Gracie has a 5-1 professional record with his sole loss coming on a disappointing UFC debut when his cardio looked extremely questionable.
Hopefully he has learned from that experience because he still has the potential to be one of the top heavyweights in the world and will be a strong favourite against K-1, Pride and Dream veteran Bob Sapp who weighed an incredible 350 lbs for his last fight.
Sapp's record stands at 11-9 but his career appears to be in decline after suffering three straight losses. He does posses one punch knock out power and could be a real threat to Gracie, whose standup is not his strong point. Having 'The Beast' on the card should also help shift plenty of tickets as he is very popular in Asia having spent much of his career fighting in Japan.
Another fight confirmed today was Rustam Khabilov vs Rodrigo Ribeiro. The Russian has been doing most of his fighting for M-1 and has a very respectable 12-1 record with his sole loss coming by way of a split decision. He will be up a Brazilian who doesn't have such a strong record at 9-7 but is a third degree BJJ black belt and promises to be a formidable opponent for the Combat Sambo world champion.
At only 25 years old Khabilov has plenty of potential and appears to be capable of fighting at either 170 or 185 lbs. He scored a spectacular suplex knockout back in 2009 which you can see below and should a solid addition to the ONE FC roster regardless of what weight he chooses to compete at.
M-1 Challenge 2009 - Rustam Khabilov vs. Akin Duran - Brutal suplex knockout (via cpkarhu)
Soo Chul Kim impressed a few people in going the full three rounds with BJJ world champion Leandro Issa on his ONE FC debut. He was able to fend off repeated submission attempts but couldn't do quite enough to defeat the much more experienced Brazilian.
The good news for Kim, who is still only 20, is that he getting another shot. The bad news is that he is once again up against a highly accomplished grappler in second degree BJJ black belt Gustavo Falciroli. Although born in Brazil he is an adoptive Australian who is the reigning bantamweight belt holder for Cage Fighting Championships, the most established MMA promotion in the Australasian continent.
Falciroli is 11-3-2 with all his losses coming by way of decision, he is a Shooto veteran who has never been stopped. Kim will once again be the underdog but according to his camp he is constantly improving and believes that he is good enough to take on much more experienced opposition.
Interestingly enough the only other loss of Kim's career came at the hands of Andrew Leone who choked him out in less than 30 seconds. Leone is a very exciting prospect who has a contract with ONE FC and will be dropping down to the flyweight division where he will be a real force to be reckoned with.
It is not known when he will be making his ONE FC debut but another fight rumoured (by MMA Orient) for the Jakarta card is Alex Silva vs Geje Eustaquio. If this bout does go ahead it will be intriguing because it pits two of the powerhouses of the region, Evolve MMA and Team Lakay Wushu, together for the very first time.
Silva is a BJJ world champion who only made a successful pro MMA debut at DARE Championships last September. Eustaquio is a Wushu fighter whose record stands at 2-1 with his only loss coming by way of split decision and both will want to represent their camps with a win on a fight which, assuming it takes place at all, will probably be on the undercard.
ONE FC 2 'Battle of Heroes', the fight card so far:
Rolles Gracie vs Bob Sapp
Ole Laursen vs Felipe Enomoto (according to Tiger Muay Thai twitter)
Rustam Khabilov vs Rodrigo Ribeiro
Gustavo Falciroli vs Soo Chul Kim
Alex Silva vs Eustaquio (rumoured by MMA Orient)