I like my quiet Friday nights. Of course once in awhile I love going out and indulging in all the TGIF bullsh*t but for the most part, I like staying home and just watching TV with my granny. So I was chilling with a Tiger beer when the ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions trailer on Mediacorp (Singapore’s biggest media broadcasting company) came on and my granny turned to me and asked me “is that the Kim Hock boy who fights?”. I was shocked. I almost spat my beer out, which would have been bad because 1) it would have been on my granny and 2) it would have been a waste of good beer.
Thus far, ONE FC has taken “local” fighters such as Radeem Rahman, Nicole Chua, Quek Kim Hock, Victorio Senduk and Peter Davis, just to name a few, and made them into, not only household names, but recognizable fighters on the international scene. While all these fighters are legitimate and some are even champions in their respective disciplines, they would have never gotten as much exposure if not for ONE Fighting Championship and the ONE FC Network. Let’s be frank, before ONE FC came into play, many of these fighters weren’t well known, let alone have a platform to showcase their skills. The ONE FC Network, which comprises of some of the best gyms in Asia, such as Evolve MMA, Team Lakay, Muayfit, Tiger Muay Thai, Juggernaut FC and Phuket Top Team, ensures that the skill level of these local athletes meet the high quality standards of ONE FC. Only the best from each gym in the network gets chosen to fight on Asia’s biggest MMA promotion.
You can be pretty sure that when ONE FC rolls into Malaysia in June like the 500lb armored tank that it is, it’s going to use some of the best Malaysian based fighters to create some real fireworks at it’s “Destiny of Warriors” event. Malaysia’s MMA scene, while still in it’s infant stages, has some very good fighters training in the country. These fighters just might appear on the up coming ONE FC card. Muayfit, arguably the best MMA gym in Malaysia, has a good talent pool of fighters such as Eric “The Natural” Kelly, Arnaud “The Game” Lepont, Allamurad “Pretty Boy” Karayev and of course, home grown fighters Peter Davis and Raymond Tiew. Another possible Malaysian fighter to appear on the card might be Melvin Yeoh from the Ultimate MMA gym in Johor.We’re sure that these Malaysian homeboys, if called up, will give it their all and put on one hell of a show for their fans and supporters.
It’s pretty evident that with ONE FC’s plans to put on shows throughout Asia, many more home grown fighters are going to have the opportunity to showcase their skills on a platform that not only packs huge live crowds, but also is going to be broadcasted throughout Asia on ESPN Star Sports. Furthermore, reliable sources have informed us that in 2013, ONE FC is going to increase the number of shows it’s going to run. ONE FC will be aiming to hit a total of 18 events in 2013 at familiar cities such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta and new ones such as Macau, Seoul and, get ready for this, Tokyo. You can rest assured that with this increase in the number of shows, you’re going to see more hot new fighters break into the Asian MMA scene. 2013 is going to be an insane year for Asian MMA fans as well as for Asian based MMA fighters.
ONE FC CEO and The Most Powerful Man in Asian MMA, Victor Cui has said many times in interviews that the ONE FC approach is very simple. He said that it was to find quality fighters that are of good value and who can put on entertaining, world class fights. It’s the goal of ONE FC to develop fights that are globally relevant, but regionally applicable. We’re pretty sure that many Asian MMA fans agree that ONE FC has been making many Asian fighters globally relevant and regionally applicable. How else would you explain the average Joes out there knowing who these fighters are. Don’t believe me? Well then you should just ask my granny.