I am so f*cking excited to tell y'all Maniacs about this epic ONE Championship: Warrior's Quest on Friday!
This card is chalked full of legit fighters & top prospects that have ALL already proven exciting fighting under ONE Championship's superior Global Ruleset allowing PRIDErules. ALL in excellent competitive matchups put together by Matt "The Wizard" Hume.
Trust me, the MMA action is going to be absolutely SENSATIONAL with PRIDErules! ONE's loaded this card like they've only done once before (their Dubai debut with 3 Title fights). It's the AsianMMA Card of the Year!
There is A LOT of ONE's best lighter weight talent on it like a PRIDE/WEC hybrid event! SO RAD...
ONE FC: Warrior's Quest will prove the spirit of PRIDE FC is ALIVE & WELL with ONE Championship!
I'm hardly able to contain my excitement about it because I know how awesome it's going to be and I want to share that excitement with all you Maniacs! All I've been wanting to do every day is get home to write articles about it for YOU Maniacs because I know y'all will enjoy this event!
Yes I understand there's a zuffa ultimate wrestling 187 card on this weekend too, but if ever there was a time to get a ONE FC card as well, trust me, it is NOW with this loaded event! I CAN'T WAIT to play the replay for smerf & everybody at his ufc187 Mania party!
ONE Championship is the New Era PRIDE FC & this Warrior's Quest card Friday is THE ONE to show it! Like I said, if EVER there were a ONE FC event to listen to me & buy the $10 HD replay it's this event here...
Look at how epic this FULL CARD will be....
Koji Ando (11-3 MMA, 2-0 ONE) is on a 5 Fight Winstreak (4 by spectacular finish including a reverse triangle what!!?) & is the reigning Legend FC Champ. SAME league that UFC's Li Jingliang (2-1 UFC, 10-3 MMA) was Champ in too.
From his Legend FC biography:
Tokyo native Ando has his martial arts origins in Judo, finishing in the top 8 in the All-Japan Judo Tournament as a high school student. His Judo roots led him first to Brazilian Jiujitsu & from there to MMA. Ando trains out of Wajutsu Keishukai, one of Japan’s best MMA gyms. Always seeking to.....Ando now calls the
LegendONE FC Cage his home and is seeking to prove himself on this stage. Considered to be one of Japan’s top young lightweight prospects, fight fans should keep a close eye on Ando as he makes his mark.
^ That was from when he was just 8-3 & hadn't won the Legend FC Title yet!
Ando is now 11-3, the reigning Legend FC Champ, & coming off 2 sensational finishes in his ONE Championship career.
Check out this awesome ONE FC finish from Ando vs. Zorobabel Moreira, the fighter that last beat Huerta. It was a great scrap! Ando was able to tire Moreira in the 3rd and finish him in awesome fashion showcasing excellent boxing & striking on a gassing Moreira!
^ Notice the ref jumps in immediately on 1-2 soccerkicks? Told ya THAT's how it's done! WAY less damage than Hunt/Miocic, Weidman/Munoz, etc.
I know there's a lot of Aoki haters out there who would just love to see him get KO'd again *cough*Taiter*cough* well in this fight with Ando you just might get your wish, because Ando has all the tools to do it! Only way it happens is if you're LEGALLY tuning in to make it happen or else...
Aoki is such a sensational grappler it's hard to comprehend that he has any haters at all!
Shinya "Tobikan Judan" Aoki (37-6 MMA, 4-0 ONE) is quite simply one of the best & most exciting submission artists the sport has EVER seen, if not THE best EVER!
Heck, our fellow Maniac Tap or Snap Bons said he got his name from the Aoki/Hirota fight!
Training at EvolveMMA now (UFC Champ RDA's gym) Aoki will be even more formidable than he already was!
"Tobikan Judan" (Master of Flying Submissions) just added a TWISTER to his impressive record's 25 submissions in his most recent fight...
...and the fight before that he took on WEC/UFC fighter Kamal Shalorus (an excellent wrestler) in his most recent ONE LW Title defense!
Check out the FULL FIGHT: Aoki/Shalorus to see how well Aoki got it done courtesy of ONE Championship's YouTube channel:
In the Co-Main event we have a TOTAL STRIKER's DELIGHT TITLE FIGHT!!!
REAL Muay Thai Champ (4-0 MMA) vs. WBO Pro Boxer (6-1 MMA) for the inagural ONE SW Title!
3x Lumpinee REAL Muay Thai Champ DSA (Dejdamrong Sor Amuaysirichoke) vs. Actual WBO pro boxer & successful 6-1 MMA crossover Roy Doliguez is going to be a fun fight no matter what haters try to say. DSA is a veteran of over 300 MT fights teaching & training at EvolveMMA while Doliguez is a former WBO Title challenger! BOTH have successfully crossed over to MMA already & this will be absolutely be a fun fight!
Check out my complete breakdown of this awesome striker's delight Title fight complete with awesome gifs & vids for you here (link).
Next we get a #1 Contender bout for the next shot at the ONE Featherweight Title between undefeated & reigning M-1 Global Champion Marat "Cobra" Gafurov (10-0 MMA, 1-0 ONE) vs. MalaysianMMA Star-prospect Ev "E.T." Ting (9-2 MMA, 3-0 ONE).
M-1 Champ Marat Gafurov is a strong, exciting submission fighter & Ev Ting is a well rounded rising AsianMMA star that will catapult himself into Superstar status in his home state of Singapore should he be victorious against the M-1 Champ on Friday.
Check out my complete breakdown of this awesome #1 Contender's bout with gifs & vids for you here (link).
Next we get a UFC-trained Hawaiian-American undefeated star prospect Lowen Tynanes (4-0 AM, 6-0 MMA, 2-0 ONE) in one of the toughest tests of his young career against Kazakhstan fighter Kuat Khamitov (18-3 MMA).
ONE should be commended for not coddling their star prospects & giving them tough fights like this!
Check out my complete breakdown of this awesome fight with gifs & vids for you here (link).
Next we get to one of my personal favorite fights on the card ft. 25 year old RussianMMA 1st round killing machine & 2014 KOTY winner Timofey Nastyukhin vs. Tough Aussie slugger "Ruthless" Rob Lisita.
Nastyukhin is on an 8 fight 1st round finishing streak (with 4 in under a minute!) & will be looking to continue it on the always exciting Lisita, a tough Aussie that likes to bring it! I'm looking forward to fireworks in this one!
Check out my complete breakdown of this awesome fight with RAD gifs & vids for you here (link).
Now to the fights that feature some of EvolveMMA's best prospects!
The first TeamEvolve fighter matchup I want to tell you about Ng/Sexton.
BOTH men have won ALL their fights via finish! How RAD is this matchup!!!
Eddie Ng is the explosive EvolveMMA fighter & Ariel Sexton is a flashy striker with grappling coming off my personal 2014 Submission of the Year Candidate! "Reverse Triangle Keylock"
And guess what? I FOUND THE VID FOR YOU!!! EXCLUSIVE FOR Y'ALL: 5:00 mark...
^ was that AWESOME or what!!! Sexton should've got more press for that sensational submission!
Eddie Ng is the EvolveMMA star prospect here that UFC tried to sign 2 years ago! (link) that will provide a formidable challenge.
Eddie Ng has shown some excellent finishes as well showcasing that well rounded training at EvolveMMA where Ng has acquired KO striking & excellent submissions to complete his game! The kid is the total package prospect. The recent loss on his record was via early stoppage so he's going to be gunning to get back in the win column.
I'm really looking forward to this matchup! 2 fantastic MMA finishers going at it! Great matchmaking.
This is another fight where ONE should be commended for great matchmaking & not coddling their prospects. Amir Khan is the fighter that has tourrette's syndrome & one of Evolve's top prospects himself. Khan has shown great skills too...but so has Shannon Wiratchai, especially under ONE's superior Global Ruleset...
...and I saw a tweet from Nastyukhin saying that he was training with Shannon this week too!
Amir & Shannon are very evenly matched up & this is definitely a fight either could win! More great matchmaking.
The final EvolveMMA fighter to tell you about it Benedict Ang, a fighter making his professional debut after a successful 6-0 amateur career.
SB Nation's James Goyder wrote a fantastic article on Ang (link) over at MMAweekly to read. It will be interesting to see if Ang is able to rise to the occasion in his home country & beat the 5 fight veteran he is up against, Waqar Umar.
The last but certainly not least fighter I want to tell you about is one of my personal favorite prospects Stephen Langdown.
Stephen Langdown is the fighter that revealed on an MMAUnderground forum that ONE FC blood tests their fighters (link) WAY BEFORE all the Andersauce Silva chaos.
Langdown is also the prospect that scored this SENSATIONAL finish showcasing perfectly the full PRIDErules of ONE's superior Global Ruleset...
^ So awesome...
PUMPED to see him & ALL the fighters this Friday at ONE Championship: Warrior's Quest!
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As always, THANK YOU for reading & ENJOY the fights Maniacs!