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ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

PRIDE OF A NATION

SMART ARANETA Coliseum, Manila

ONE Fighting Championship™ is Asia's largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization, featuring the best Asian fighters and the largest pan-Asian media broadcast.

ONE Fighting Championship™ will be coming to The Philippines on 31 August for an epic event at Smart Araneta Coliseum! Get ready to watch some of the best Filipino warriors compete for pride and country against a host of international MMA superstars on the largest MMA stage in Asia. MMA fans in The Philippines will be blown away with what ONE Fighting Championship™ has in store for them in August!

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ONE FC: PRIDE OF A NATION

Fighters

Bibiano Fernandes
Bibiano Fernandes
Gustavo Falciroli
Gustavo Falciroli
ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion Credentials CFC Bantamweight Champion
AMC Pankration Team Godoi Jiu-Jitsu Club
61.2kg Weight 61.2kg
Brazil Country Australia

Story

DREAM Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes is ranked amongst the best bantamweight fighters in the world. Training out of AMC Pankration, Fernandes is well-known as an astounding athlete. Fernandes’ seemingly never-ending gas tank, explosive take-downs and lighting fast strikes have garnered him a huge fan base amongst Asian and international fans alike. In his ongoing quest for global Bantamweight supremacy, Fernandes will now take on Asia’s best on ONE FC.

CFC Champion Gustavo Falciroli is a second degree BJJ black belt and one of the most accomplished ground fighters in Australia. The reigning Cage Fighting Championship (CFC) Bantamweight Champion, Falciroli recently made his ONE FC debut in Jakarta, convincingly defeating top Korean bantamweight prospect Soo Chul Kim via rear-naked choke in the second minute of the first round. He has since made a name for himself in the local and international MMA scene, making him one of the most popular Australian fighters today.

This fight sees the top bantamweight fighter in Australia going up against the top Brazilian bantamweight fighter in a battle for Asian supremacy. Both men are BJJ black belt world champions and have won numerous competitions at both national and international levels. In his last eight fights, Fernandes won the DREAM Bantamweight and Featherweight Grand Prix, earning him the championship in both weight classes. His Australian opponent, Falciroli, has also battled his way to prominence in his home country, holding the prestigious CFC Australian Bantamweight title.

When two expert grapplers meet in the cage, the fight often ends up being decided on their feet because of the respect each fighter has for his opponent’s grappling skills. Both men possess knock out power in their fists and unrivalled cardio, so expect an extremely entertaining and high octane fight as both fighters seek bantamweight supremacy in Asia. This is one of the most eagerly anticipated bantamweight fights in the history of Asian MMA between two champions who rank amongst the best in the world.

Fighters

Eduard Folayang
Eduard Folayang
Felipe Enomoto
Felipe Enomoto
URCC Welterweight Champion Credentials CFC Europe Champion
Team Lakay Team Enomoto Dojo
70.3kg Weight 70.3kg
Philippines Country Japan

Story

Eduard Folayang is a legend in the Philippines where he is universally regarded as MMA's equivalent to boxing phenomenon Manny Pacquiao. A former school teacher, he is the URCC Welterweight Champion and has entered the ONE FC cage twice, on both occasions emerging with Fight of the Night honors. In Folayang’s most recent fight in March, many felt that he had done enough to win after a controversial split decision loss to Ole Laursen, but true to form he maintained a dignified silence while training even harder under the tutelage of coach Mark Sangiao at Team Lakay in Baguio. Folayang is renowned for his cardio and can fight at full pace for three whole rounds if he needs to. A humble, respectful man, Folayang refuses to train on Sundays and will never have a bad word to say about any opponent, but once the fight starts he brings raw aggression into the cage.

Each time Felipe Enomoto has entered into the ONE FC cage, he has been the underdog. Even after beating Folayang’s nemesis, Ole Laursen, in February, the fans were not cheering his name when he fought Zorobabel Moreira in Singapore just a month later. Facing another home crowd hero in the Philippines will be a repeat of this and Enomoto will undoubtedly be looking to silence the crowd with a decisive victory in the early rounds. Enomoto has established a reputation as being one of the toughest and most durable fighters in Asia who always leaves it all in the cage. Any fight which involves Enomoto is going to be a treat for MMA fans.

These two warriors are already firm favourites of the ONE FC crowd because they will never back down from a toe to toe battle. Folayang is an accomplished Wushu fighter who brings unadulterated aggression and has the stamina to keep coming at opponents for the whole three rounds. Enomoto's style is more conventional but what these two fighters both have in common is their incredible heart. Enomoto showed against Laursen that he has the power and speed to stop absolutely any fighter in the world with a single strike or submission attempt. For Enomoto this fight is make or break, he needs to prove his critics wrong and if he doesn’t do it at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation, he may never get another chance. For Folayang this is simply the biggest fight of his night, 16,500 fans will be cheering for him in Manila and for this passionate Filipino champion, losing is simply not an option.

Fighters

Eric Kelly
Eric Kelly
Jens Pulver
Jens Pulver
Philippines Featherweight Champion Credentials Former World Lightweight Champion
Muayfit Team Team Extreme
65.8kg Weight 61.2kg
Philippines Country USA

Story

For Eric Kelly, putting on an electrifying show for the fans and protecting his national pride are the only things that matter. A man who has led a humble and modest life in Baguio, Philippines, Kelly is tremendously nationalistic and always dedicates his victories to his family and his country. Kelly is a passionate fighter who can always be counted on to bring the fight to his opponent, making him an immediate fan favourite. With a background in Yaw Yan Kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu, Kelly is an opportunistic fighter who is always looking for chinks in his opponent’s armour. Not only is Kelly the reigning URCC Featherweight Champion but he has remained undefeated throughout his MMA career, making him one of the most dominant fighters in the featherweight division.

Jens Pulver grew up in a venomous environment which would have crippled any ordinary man’s spirit, a daily hell which revolved around abuse, poverty and violence. From this brutal upbringing rose a man who was forced to overcome his demons and subsequently dedicate his life to being the best MMA fighter in the world. After a meteoric rise to eventually become the first ever Lightweight World Champion in the UFC, Pulver is now revered as a legend of the sport, and is best known for ripping his opponents apart with his technical boxing. Come 31 August, Pulver will look to spoil his Filipino’s opponent’s homecoming and vaporise his unbeaten streak.

Will Kelly be capable of toppling a living legend of the sport? Or will Pulver knock him out with his famous left hook? Regardless of the outcome, this fight is assured to be one of the most talked about fights of the night as two of the most exciting featherweight fighters in the world clash in the ONE FC cage. With careers, national pride and future championships at stake, this will be the most important fight of both their careers.

Fighters

Kevin Belingon
Kevin Belingon
Soo Chul Kim
Soo Chul Kim
ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix Finalist Credentials Former ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion
Team Lakay Team Team Force
61.2kg Weight 61.2kg
Philippines Country South Korea

Story

Prior to joining ONE FC, Kevin Belingon has systematically dismantled every opponent he faced, accumulating for himself a remarkable 9-0 undefeated record. However, he was given his first career loss to the deadly master of leg locks, Masakazu Imanari, at ONE FC: War of the Lions in March, and is hoping to bounce back from that loss in front of an audience made up predominantly by his ardent supporters on 31 August. Belingon trains alongside fellow Filipino champions at Team Lakay and has armed himself with an arsenal of moves that has made him a force to be reckoned with in the cage. Powerful in his striking, swift in his submissions and driven with superb conditioning, Belingon will stop at nothing to prove that he is the top bantamweight in Asia.

Soo Chul Kim is not one to ever turn down a fight, regardless of who the opponent is. At his MMA debut in 2010, Kim was shoved straight into the limelight with a title fight against DEEP and Shooto veteran Yasuhiro Kanayama. Kim defied all odds by submitting his vastly more experienced opponent in the very first round to win the RisingOn Featherweight Championship. Known for throwing unique strikes like athletic flying knees and spinning elbows, Kim is well-known in the Asian MMA circuit as a thoroughly entertaining fighter who takes on all his opponents with a smile on his face and fire in his fists. Having lost his last two ONE FC bouts against two of the top bantamweight fighters in Asia, Kim will love nothing more than to knock Kevin Belingon out in front of the Filipino crowd.

These two aggressive, exciting young fighters are fully capable of fighting at full throttle till the final bell sounds. Belingon’s passionate home crowd support may prove to be both an advantage and an additional pressure that he must harness to win or succumb to the battle-hungry Korean. For Kim, this fight will be the most important fight of his ONE FC career as another loss could spell the end of it. Both fighters cannot afford to walk out of this fight vanquished, and the stakes are high as they step in the cage to curb their opponent’s ambitions on the largest stage in Asian MMA.

Fighters

Mitch Chilson
Mitch Chilson
Shannon Wiratchai
Shannon Wiratchai
MC Champion Credentials Top Thai MMA Prospect
Evolve MMA Team BurnShell Team
65.8kg Weight 65.8kg
USA Country Thailand

Story

Every man wants to be him, and every woman wants to be with him. With a chiseled physique accompanied by boyish good looks, Mitch Chilson could easily have pursued a career in acting or modelling. But the path of a true warrior is seldom chosen based on the easiest career path available. A dedicated fighter at heart, he chose instead to dedicate his life to perfecting the various martial art forms. Chilson is an instructor at Evolve MMA in Singapore and is in fact one of the only seven non-Thai Muay Thai instructors in the world. In the cage, Chilson utilises impressive footwork, punishing leg kicks and an extremely high work rate to make him one of the most feared featherweight fighters in Asia today.

At just 23 years old, Shannon Wiratchai has been considered a diamond in the rough for MMA. As one of the very few Thai fighters to aggressively pursue the sport of MMA, he will be the youngest fighter from Thailand to fight in the ONE FC cage. Wiratchai is an expert in an ancient Chinese martial art, Baguazhang, and also has a Brown Belt in Judo. Known as an entertaining fighter, Wiratchai can often be seen smiling or even laughing during fights despite being in the heat of battle. The charismatic fighter has a big fan following in Thailand who will be sure to watch him in action at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation.

This fight will be a fast-paced war with both fighters willing to stand toe to toe to look for an early knockout. For Wiratchai, making a successful debut on Asia’s largest MMA stage will propel his budding MMA career and maybe even put MMA in Thailand back into the regional spotlight. Chilson is coming off a decisive victory in Kuala Lumpur but he needs another clear win in Manila to entrench his position in the ONE FC featherweight division. Both fighters know the stakes are high as they step into the cage and nothing will stop them from giving their all to achieve what is most important tonight – a clear and impressive victory. Blink, and you might miss one of the most incredible finishes of the night.

Fighters

Andrew Benibe
Andrew Benibe
Honorio Banario
Honorio Banario
Top URCC Featherweight Contender Credentials Former ONE FC Featherweight World Champion
Maics Gym Team Team Lakay
65.8kg Weight 65.8kg
Philippines Country Philippines

Story

Andrew Benibe’s key to success in MMA has been his ability to remain technical even when fighting at an extremely high pace. Tenacious and tough, he has the ability to remain incredibly calm under fire. Benibe is an excellent striker with heavy hands and likes to use his leg kicks to methodically wear down the base of his opponent. He is set to go up against fellow Filipino, URCC Lightweight Champion Honorio Banario, in the opening fight of ONE FC: Pride of a Nation. Benibe knows that a decisive win against Banario would instantly catapult him into serious contention as one of the top featherweight fighters in Asia, and he has no intention of letting this opportunity slip by.

But beating one of Team Lakay’s rising stars is no easy task. Banario is a Wushu expert who is renowned for his incredible conditioning and dangerous submissions, with five of his six wins coming by way of submission. Banario possesses lethal power in his strikes and enjoys utilizing Wushu techniques to destroy his opponents. Fast, agile and skillful, Banario’s career is highlighted by an acrobatically executed flying KO kick to the head that laid his opponent flat on his back unconscious and got the audience up on their feet, screaming in appreciation.

As the opening fight for the night, these fighters can expect to get the full energy of the passionate Filipino crowd as they step into the cage to make it a night to remember. Both fighters are already familiar faces to the Filipino fight fans and their evenly matched all-round skills and the fact that neither of them has ever been to a decision, are well known. With both fighters equipped with well-honed striking skills and incredible cardio endurance, expect this fight to be a high-level display of brilliantly executed strikes that will be a treat for MMA fans in SMART ARANETA Coliseum and those tuning in to catch the action from around the world. No one expects this opening fight to go to a decision.