By: Alvin S. Go
It was a packed house at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium for One FC's press conference announcing the "Rise of Heroes" card on May 2 in Manila. The main protagonists for the stacked card were in attendance including One FC bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil who will be risking his title against One FC bantamweight grand prix winner Masakatsu Ueda of Japan.
Through an interpreter, Ueda announced his readiness for his shot at the title and said he is training very hard in his pursuit to be hailed as the best fighter in his weight class. Fernandes, on the other hand, stated that the title will stay in his waist and no one can take it away from him.
In a featherweight clash, "Ruthless" Rob Lisita of Australia will face Japanese fighter Yusuke Kawanago in a highly anticipated rematch as the featured under card fight. Lisita promised to come forward and 'beat the hell' out of his opponent. "I'm a different fighter from the first time we met and if Kawanago will not run, somebody will be hurt seriously," said Lisita. Kawanago shot back saying that even if the two fighters fought 100 times, the result will be the same. "I'll walk away the victor," Kawango exclaimed.
Local boy Eugene Toquero will also battle top flyweight Gianni Subba. Toquero said, "I dont have game plan in all of my fights, I will just come forward and beat you up." Subba answered with some advice for Toquero and told him to "stop worrying about his hair, because he will pull it with him from pillar to post". Even One FC's top brass Victor Cui couldn't lay a finger on Toquero's hair when he attempted and was told "Don't dare touch my hair or else,".
Cui curiously pointed out that the card was absent of any known mma grappler from the Philippines, an obvious tease pointing toward the likes of Edward Folayong, Geje Estaquio and Kevin Bellingon. Cui will be announcing other participants in the card in the coming days.
The One FC big boss also gave praise to the other mma organization like the URCC and PXC for molding mma fighters in the country and that if they step in the One FC octagon, it will be where they can truly test their mettle against the best fighters.
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18 March 2014 – Manila, The Philippines: ONE Fighting Championship™ held a blockbuster press conference today at the SM Mall Of Asia Atrium in Manila, The Philippines, in anticipation of the upcoming epic event, ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES. It was attended by over 200 members of the media in Manila.
ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES on May 2, 2014, is set to be the largest mixed martial arts event ever witnessed in the history of the Philippines. Held at the 20,000-capacity Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, the event promises a stacked fight card featuring the explosive battle for the ONE FC Bantamweight World Championship title belt in the Main Event.
Millions of MMA fans around the world have been eagerly anticipating this moment when the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix winner, Masakatsu Ueda, will rise up to challenge the reigning and defending world champion Bibiano Fernandes for the honor of being crowned the ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion.
The stacked card also includes a Featherweight clash between the best Australian Featherweight, Rob Lisita, and the former Legend FC Bantamweight Champion, Yusuke Kawanago. It will also feature the young and motivated Filipino hero, Eugene Toquero, who will soak up the passionate support of the screaming Filipino fight fans as he faces one of the top Flyweight prospects in the world, Gianni Subba.
Tickets for ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES are on sale now at SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron at PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box at PHP 640 and General Admission at PHP 220.
Fans in Asia can catch all the action live on STAR Sports. Check your local listings. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
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