ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, has completed the blockbuster card set to take place on 6 December at the state-of-the-art MOA Arena in Manila, Philippines with two exciting undercard bouts. Ruel Catalan, the brother of Rene Catalan, will take his brother’s place in the much-anticipated rematch against Khim Dima of Cambodia. Top Filipino prospect Edward Kelly is also set to make his ONE FC debut as he faces Major Overall. The debut of Jujeath Nagaowa, who was also scheduled to compete on December 6, has been delayed till 2014 due to a prevailing medical suspension.
Tickets for ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUTH 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 PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box PHP 640 and General Admission PHP 220.
Fans around 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 entire fight card will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “December 6 promises to be a night of adrenaline-pumping action that will have the Filipino fans on the edge of their seats as ONE FC concludes the exciting 2013 multi-city tour with ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUTH. The Philippines is the most resilient country in the world and I’m sure that the united strength of the nation will propel their champions to success. Ruel Catalan and Edward Kelly will look to give the Philippines a winning start at ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUT. Prepare for a night of exciting knockouts and submissions as passionate Filipino fans pack the 20,000-seater MOA Arena!”
Ruel Catalan is the latest in a long line of Filipino warriors looking to establish themselves on Asia’s largest stage. He is a Wushu World Champion and the brother of Rene Catalan, one of the Philippines’ most decorated Wushu practitioners in history. He has experience in both mixed martial arts and Muay Thai and the striking experience will come in handy when taking on one of the top Khmer boxers, Khim Dima.
Khim Dima is the son of a legendary Cambodian fighter and has been training and competing since the age of 8. He is a veteran of over 250 Kun Khmer fight and is a champion at the channel 3 Stadium in Cambodia. Fighting out of the Afighter camp in Phnom Penh, he trains MMA every day and has also been working with the Cambodian wrestling team to improve his grappling. He is a highly intelligent individual who uses his fight purses to pay his way through law school and is likely to apply a thoughtful, tactically astute approach to his MMA fights.
In the October bout between Khim Dima and Ruel’s brother, Rene, Khim Dima was initially awarded the victory but the bout was overturned as Dima was ruled to have struck Rene with multiple illegal blows before the fight was stopped. Neither fighter will need additional motivation, as Dima will look to officially get his first ONE FC victory while Ruel seeks to avenge his brother.
Edward Kelly is one of the brightest prospects to come out of the Philippines, and boasts an impressive record of five wins and no losses in his fledging career. The brother of former ONE FC title contender Eric Kelly, Edward possess many similar traits as his brother, such as the relentless pursuit of the finish as well as being multi-faceted and able to emerge on top in every situation. This bout will be his toughest test to date, as he steps up to make his ONE FC debut in front of 20,000 partisan fans at MOA Arena.
Major Overall is an experienced mixed martial artist, from Japanese descent who was born in the United States of America. He has traversed Asia extensively to master martial arts, with stops in Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Overall is a BJJ purple belt who finished all his opponents by submission, including a rear-naked choke victory over recent ONE FC Malaysian National Featherweight Champion AJ Lias Mansor. He will look to assert his grappling ability against hometown favorite Edward Kelly.
The main event of the evening will be a battle for the ONE FC Featherweight World Championship. The bout features a battle between the Philippines’ first MMA world champion, Honorio Banario, against the man who defeated him and took his belt, current ONE FC Featherweight World Champion Koji Oishi.
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