ONE Championship


Breaking down the Fight Card for September 3

Source:  By Anton Tabuena, Bloody Elbow

ONE Fighting Championship have officially announced the line up for September, thus completing the partial card I gave out a few days ago. PRIDE color commentator Bas Rutten, will be heading back to the booth and will be calling the action on this fight card that now includes a few more popular names. Here's a complete rundown of the fights.

Main Card:

155 lbs - Eduard Folayang (Philippines) vs. Ole Laursen (Denmark / Philippines):

This will be a meeting between two of the most popular and talented fighters in the region. As I said when the match up was first reported here on BloodyElbow, this will be a very entertaining stylistic match up. It will be Wushu vs. Muay Thai as Folayang, the Asian games medalist and URCC champion, takes on Laursen, a K-1 veteran and kickboxing champion.

170 lbs - Yoshiyuki Yoshida (Japan) vs. Phil Baroni (USA):

This match up is a bonus fight for a card and promotion that focuses on Asian bred fighters. Both guys bring it every time, and this battle between UFC veterans guarantees to be a very explosive bout that would give much deserved exposure to the rest of the card.

145 lbs - Mitch Chilson (Singapore/USA) vs. Eric Kelly (Philippines):

Chilson is a two-time Martial Combat champion, training out of the famed Evolve MMA camp, while Eric Kelly is a URCC champ training out of Yaw-Yan Adrigma in the Philippines. Chilson is a talented fighter who has been receiving a heavy marketing push from both Singapore based promotions, ONE FC and Martial Combat. That being said, the undefeated Filipino champion should provide a stern challenge with a very real chance of playing spoiler on his opponents home country. Expect this one to be one of the most exciting bouts of the evening.

170 lbs - Gregor Gracie (Brazil) vs. Wang Sai (China):

Wang Sai is a Sanda champion coming out of China Top Team. This means he will have decent takedown defense coupled with a dangerous and unorthodox stand up game. Gregor Gracie, as you obviously know, is a beast on the ground having won multiple jiu jitsu titles. Unless Wang Sai knocks him out early, expect Gregor to be able to take things to the mat and earn his 4th straight victory.

155 lbs - Andy Wang (China) vs. Zorobabel Moreira (Brazil / Singapore):

Wang is an Ultimate Fighter veteran who is very popular in Taiwan, while "Zorro", is a BJJ world champion training out of Evolve MMA. Wang will be the more experienced fighter, but Moreira has been the more active fighter recently, also picking up a quality win over Ferrid Kheder on DARE last month.

After the jump, a complete rundown of the One FC preliminary card, and information regarding the rule-set they're planning to implement. (Hint: PRIDE fans will rejoice)