ONE Asia MMA Summit 2012 is the largest Summit in the history of Asian MMA. From 1-3 June 2012, ONE Fighting Championship™ will host Asia’s industry leaders, the most prominent gyms, the largest promotions, global sponsors, top media companies and government partners who form the ONE Fighting Championship™ Network. The invitation-only Summit will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Singapore and attendees will be updated on the latest developments for MMA in Asia and invited to collaborate and discuss avenues to further grow the sport of MMA in Asia for the benefit of all.
Host and Panel Moderator
Jason is a well-known figure in MMA having hosted the series Human Weapon on The History Channel and being featured on multiple television programs. Using his own experience as a pro MMA fighter, he has added color and depth to the live commentary for ONE Fighting Championship events as the Official Commentator. Jason got involved in martial arts from the age of six and is a BJJ black belt with more than 20 professional MMA fights under his belt.
Moon Hong Jung
CEO of ROAD Fighting Championship
Hong Jung has been the foremost proponent and voice for Korean fighters on an international level. As a former professional MMA fighter and Kickboxing champion in Korea, Hong Jung has been influential in the growth and development of Korean MMA. He founded ROAD FC in 2010 and has since led it’s growth to become the largest MMA promotion in Korea.
Co-Founder of Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC)
As the co-founder of the first MMA promotion in the Philippines, Bubbles is a name that barely needs an introduction in Asia. Aguilar started URCC in 2002 to increase the awareness of MMA in the Philippines and in South East Asia. Having been involved in MMA since the days of unlicensed and unregulated matches, when sanctioning was non-existent, Bubbles has since taken a leading role in the development of the sport in the Philippines.
CEO of Evolve MMA
Chatri is the Founder and Chairman of The Evolve Group. A self-made, multi-millionaire and seasoned Harvard MBA entrepreneur, Chatri is a business leader, global investor, and motivational speaker with 12 years of experience in finance, retail and real estate. Chatri also serves on the Board of Directors for Project Sunshine, the largest volunteer organization in the world dedicated to terminally-ill children with cancer and HIV. Chatri is also a distinguished speaker and advisor at Singapore Management University (SMU)’s Entrepreneurship Centre.
Co-Owner of Cage Fighting Championship (CFC), Australia
As co-owner of Cage Fighting Championship Australia, Luke has been influential in the development of the sport of MMA in Australia since it’s inception in 2007. Currently, CFC is the premier organization for MMA in Australia and has an internationally renowned alumni that includes Hector Lombard, Brian Ebersole, Kyle Noke and Bernard Magalhaes. Since being founded in 2007 CFC has put on 21 events in cities all over Australia. Besides being an MMA promoter, Luke is a seasoned martial artist with a black belt in BJJ, a 3rd Dan black belt in Hapkido and a 3rd Dan black belt in Pankration.
Chief Official and Head Referee for ONE Fighting Championship™
Known as “The Wizard” by MMA fans and fighters, Matt is one of the most successful trainers and was at one time considered the pound-for-pound #1 fighter in the world. Matt has been a champion in MMA and Kickboxing and is considered one of the world’s top technicians and strategists in the sport of MMA. He has also been deeply involved in the development of MMA as a sport and business and has served as the Rules Director for PRIDE FC and DREAM.
Country Manager for Carl’s Jr (Singapore & Malaysia)
Alec has been actively involved in the ever-evolving retail industry for more than 30 years. He has held positions in the F&B and Family Gaming industry as General Manager, Operations Director and Regional Franchise and System Support Manager. Alec appreciates and understands the unique relationships that governs and fosters a win-win situation that results from aligning a major international brand with a fast growing sport that has mass market appeal.
CEO of UPPERCUT ENERGY GROUP
Living his motto of “Life is a Combat Sport” Pete is a veteran in the Brand Marketing, Media Design and F&B business. Partnering with World Champion athletes, Pete has spearheaded his experienced team in a ground-breaking endeavour to launch UPPERCUT ENERGY DRINK® directly into the international market of combat sports. Pete’s passion for combat sports, entrepreneurial spirit and technical know-how has introduced new paradigms into energy drink marketing and he has become a familiar figure at world-class fighting events and promotions across the globe.
Assistant General Manager for Asia Pacific Breweries Limited
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ray has had a stellar career in some of the biggest advertising and media firms internationally. His intrinsic awareness of the international climate for advertising and sponsorship began with his time in Ogilvy & Mather (Johannesburg) and continued in Saatchi & Saatchi (Singapore). Today, he helms Asia Pacific Breweries as Tiger Beer Brand Champion and has been living in Singapore since 1994.
President and CEO of Fairtex Group
Fairtex Group has grown from a local Thai trademark into a global powerhouse. Anthony is personally responsible for bringing the brand to the West and in so doing, introducing Muay Thai as a sport in America. Fairtex has since broken into the European market as well as the United Kingdom and continues to dominate fight equipment and apparel manufacturing with its sponsorship of top MMA athletes in worldwide promotions.
CEO of That MMA Shop
In 2010, when Gary quit his stable day job and started an online blogshop to retail high quality MMA apparel, he had his fair share of nay-sayers. Today he has proven them wrong with his highly-successful online business that supplies to fans throughout Asia and has received rave reviews about the quality of his products and the excellent customer service. He has grown his online business from zero to 40,000 unique visitors-a-month through a fierce passion and dedication that stems from being an ardent MMA fan himself.
Wesley De Souza
Founder and Owner of The Fight Nation (TFN)
Wesley started TFN in December 2011 and it has since become a well-known website in the Asian MMA scene. With a focus on organizations such as ONE Fighting Championship™, DARE, URCC and ROAD FC, TFN has its finger on the pulse of Asian MMA. TFN has carved its niche by finding the right mix of humor and seriousness in its style of reporting. This niche has worked well and has helped TFN become one of the fastest rising Asian MMA news sites.
Head Coach and Founder of Team Lakay Wushu
Mark is best known for founding what is widely regarded as the top mixed martial arts academy in the Philippines – Team Lakay Wushu. He has personally competed in local and international events including the Asian and SEA Games as well as fighting for the URCC numerous times. As a mixed martial artist himself with seven fights under his belt, he understands the intricacies of training and preparing a mixed martial artist for combat in the cage. He also holds appointments as the head coach of the Cordillera chapter in Baguio for Wushu and is a martial arts instructor at the Philippine Military Academy.
Instructor of Wrestling and MMA at Evolve MMA
Heath is MMA legend Dan Henderson’s long-time coach, training partner, and lead cornerman. Before joining Evolve MMA, he and Dan owned Team Quest in Temecula. A 6x US National Champion, Heath is a former US Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler and has won numerous national and regional wrestling titles in the US. A former professional MMA fighter, Heath still maintains his lead cornerman duties for Dan Henderson and flies out to corner Dan’s fights. Heath is also a former training partner to UFC Champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Phuket Top Team
Boyd is the mastermind behind the new MMA-driven training camp at Phuket Top Team that has been drawing a host of MMA enthusiasts from across the globe to flock to Thailand. He is a NSAC (National Strength And Conditioning) certified trainer and is a fitness trainer and instructor. Boyd has trained boxers and MMA fighters in the past and knows the methods of training that get great results for MMA functionality. His goal is to ensure that practical strength and explosive power are combined with lactic threshold training and cardiovascular endurance.