ONE Wujie: Dynasty of Champions set for January 23 in Changsha

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ONE Championship, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion, will kick off 2016 with a bang, as it brings its world-class MMA event to Changsha, China on 23 January. ONE Championship has set the stage for another thrilling night of world-class mixed martial arts action.

Taking place at the Changsha Stadium in Changsha, China, ONE Championship will delight fans with an electrifying lineup of exciting fights headlined by a main event which will see ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes defend his title against his challenger Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines.

“ONE Championship continues its dedication to cultivating the sport of mixed martial arts in China with another adrenaline-filled night of fights,” said CEO Victor Cui, in a statement released to the media.

“This is a great way to start 2016 and is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come. Our success in Beijing sets the stage for an even better event in Changsha.”

ONE Bantamweight World Champion, Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil is one of the most dominant title holders in ONE Championship. Considered one of the best fighters in the world and is ranked as one of the top bantamweights, Fernandes has amassed a stellar professional record which hasn’t seen him lose a bout in the last five years. His technical ground game paired with his fluid striking and well-rounded skills have brought him to the top of his division.

Fernandes will now defend his title against a very strong competitor in Kevin Belingon.

Kevin Belingon of the famed Team Lakay stable in Baguio City, Philippines has long been one of the most exciting fighters in ONE Championship’s roster.

His highlight reel of spectacular finishes has seen him victorious against the top fighters in his division, and he now looks to make the most out of his much-anticipated crack at ONE Championship gold when he takes on defending champion, Bibiano Fernandes.

Apart from the main event, a slew of international and local mixed martial artists are expected to perform. The event will also hold the Changsha Bantamweight Tournament which seeks to discover the next local MMA superstar.

Two Beijing Featherweight Champs to Battle Inside Cage

Beijing featherweight champions Li Kai Wen (4-2) and Yang Sen (2-0) are set to stand across each other inside the ONE Championship cage this 23 January, at ONE Wujie: Dynasty of Champions which takes place in the Changsha Stadium in Changsha, China.

The bout will serve as part of the undercard to the main event between reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes as he takes on Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines.

Li Kai Wen is on a nifty three-fight win streak, clinching the first instance of the Beijing Featherweight Tournament Championship with two wins in just one night. He defeated opponent Nathan Ng by TKO in his most recent outing.

An explosive finisher, Li brings electricity to the crowd with his fast-paced and powerful striking and has the ability to end a fight at any given moment.

Li’s opponent, Yang Sen enjoyed an eventful 2015, winning the second iteration of the Beijing Featherweight Tournament.

Yang’s impeccable striking and well-calculated offense has brought him success inside the ONE Cage, as he looks to prove that Chinese fighters are truly world-class mixed martial artists.

It will be a battle of local martial arts superstars when Li and Yang finally step inside the cage, and one that fans are definitely looking forward to.

The Changsha MMA event is part of an ambitious 2-year plan laid out by ONE Championship, that sets to stage over 20 live events over the course of a two-year period. The promotion, Asia’s largest and most prolific, has held successful shows previously in Beijing and Shanghai. They will look to replicate their success this time in Changsha, in what looks to be a great year for the organization.

Part of ONE Championship’s phenomenal growth plan is developing local mixed martial arts heroes, particularly in China where the market is largely untapped but steadily booming. With the rise of heroes such as Li Kai Wen and Yang Sen, the promotion is headed in the right direction.

The growth of MMA in the region can also be attributed to ONE Championship’s aggressive expansion.

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Natalie Gonzales talks about her debut fight in ONE FC

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Female MMA fighter Natalie Gonzales Hills, also known as “The Kilapino”, debuted for ONE Championship last Friday, November 13 at ONE: Pride of Lions, but her first time inside the ONE Cage didn’t exactly go as she had planned.

Hills was caught in one of the rarest submission maneuvers in professional mixed martial arts by opponent Angela Lee, who is quickly gaining a reputation as a grappling ace. Lee forced Hills to tap out from a ‘Twister’, a move that has only been executed a handful of times in MMA.

Despite being on the wrong end of a highlight reel finish, Hills was able to give fans a glimpse of her potential as she dominated Lee in the stand-up.

Hills surprised Lee with lightning quick punches, sharp knees and kicks. She timed Lee with a plethora of powerful right hands and it became evident that Hills had more than a good chance to score the upset on the hometown favorite had the fight remained standing.

But when the fight hit the mat and Hills dived into top position for ground and pound, Lee found herself immediately in her comfort zone.

“I knew (Angela Lee’s) ground game was stronger but when I got the takedown, I was in top position and I was supposed to finish it from there,” said Hills. “I respect her ground game. She did win by submission but I do feel that I could have won if I hadn’t made the mistake [of following Lee to the ground] that day.”

On the mat, Lee moved swiftly and treacherously, like a spider that had its prey caught in its web. From half guard, Lee grabbed Hills in a side headlock with her arm trapped behind her head, slowly cranking Hills’ torso in opposite directions, putting enormous amounts of pressure on her spine.

“I felt that my neck was trapped and I tried to turn in and at that point I knew the [Twister] was already on. I used the wrong escape and it was too late at that point,” Hills described the moment she realized she was in a Twister.

Despite the loss, Hills describes an ultimately positive experience with ONE Championship and recalls the warm welcome by fans in Singapore.

“ONE is cool and they really looked after me and my team. It was the first time I was treated as a professional fighter,” explained Hills.

“I have a job and a family, and to be flown to Singapore and to be put in a nice hotel. The whole experience, I really felt like a professional fighter. They really took care of us. Everything was well run and went smoothly and that made it less stressful even though we had media obligations.”

After her bout with Lee was announced a month ago, Hills also connected with her Filipino fans online.

Hills is of mixed English and Filipino descent, with her mother being born and raised in the Philippines her entire life. Hills was also born in the Philippines, in a small town in Cavite City, but spent her childhood in the United Kingdom before moving to Australia.

She was surprised by the turnout.

“Yeah, some fans on Twitter mentioned they will be [at the fight] and I didn’t think they would actually come,” said Hills.

“There were people there who wanted my photo and autograph. I was really surprised. They either heard about me or saw me on social media. That was really cool. I didn’t realise that I had friends or fans in Singapore. That was really interesting.”

Needless to say, Hills is looking forward to the next time she can showcase her skills inside the ONE Cage. For now, she’s back in Sydney, staying in shape and trying to stay afloat until she gets that next call.

“Being able to travel and fight and meet new people and reach out to Asian fans – that’s really what I want to do,” said Hills.

“Being able to compete in a promotion like ONE that puts on shows in so many different countries is really, really exciting and is something I’m really looking forward to. It was a really good first experience and I’m just really excited about where I’ll end up next with ONE,” she added.

“This fight (against Angela Lee) was the most high profile fight I’ve ever been involved in because everything was so organised. Despite it being quite a large stadium venue, I didn’t feel the pressure and I actually could focus on the fight, and I really appreciate that from the promotion.”

Video of Alistair Overeem doing some open workout.

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My article about Overeem visiting manila yesterday, he do some interaction with the UFC fans. he also do some open workout session and a quick question and answer from the fans and media.

Alistair ” The Reem” Overeem support the upcoming UFC Fight Night Manila: Edgar Vs Faber on May 16 at Mall Of Asia Arena.

article link: https://jonrun.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/overeem-visit-manila-to-promote-ufc-fight-night-on-may-16/

Here are videos of Alistair doing some open workout. The event is hosted by Boom Gonzales.