ONE Fighting Championship have just announced that their entire event on March 31, will be streamed live and free on their YouTube channel. Here's what their CEO, Victor Cui said:
"As a gift of appreciation to all MMA fans around the world, I have decided to make the broadcast of the entire fight card for ONE FC: War of the Lions on March 31 completely free-of-charge in HD quality on our YouTube Channel. I want the world to see that Asian MMA is back bigger and better than ever!"
This comes from an apparent change of plans from their earlier announcement of having it as an online PPV stream much like they did for their 2nd event in Jakarta.
The stream will start at around 8 a.m. ET this Saturday, and will be available worldwide except for Japan and Singapore. Make sure to make BloodyElbow.com your home for the event as we will be providing our usual live coverage for the event.
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Check out the fight card below:
ONE FC 3: War of the Lions
March 31, 2012 -- Singapore Indoor Arena, Singapore
- Zorobabel Moreira vs. Felipe Enomoto
- Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Donald Sanchez
- Eduard Folayang vs. Ole Laursen
- Yuya Shirai vs. Fabricio Monteiro
- Melvin Manhoef vs. Yoshiyuki Nakanishi
- Eddie Ng vs. Jian Kai Chee
- Masakazu Imanari vs. Kevin Belingon
- Nicole Chua vs. Jeet Toshi
- Quek Kim Hock vs. Juan Wen Jie
Yodsanan Sityodtong vs. Jiang Long Yun
- Danny Van Bergen vs. Richie Whitson
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Here's a quick round up for the recent MMA News:
- Donald Sanchez defeated Jamie Steichen on March 17th to regain the KOTC bantamweight (145 lbs) championship. He will have a quick turn around and will be fighting on ONE FC exactly two weeks after that title fight against the biggest test of his career in Tatsuya Kawajiri.
- Speaking of quick turn-arounds, top Chinese featherweight prospect, Ji Xian (5-0) defeated Guobin Xue in RUFF 3 last weekend on March 24th. On Legend FC 8, which is less than a week after his fight, Xian will be taking on Yusuke Kawanago in a featherweight championship match.
- Also on that RUFF 3 event in China, Legend FC bantamweight champion and China's top fighter, Jumabieke Tuerxun (12-0) remained undefeated as he defeated rising prospect and ONE FC vet, Irshaad Sayed (4-2). This was the 2nd meeting between the two fighters, and 'Bieke' once again defeating him by decision, dealing the Muay Thai champion his 2 blemishes on the record.
- Rodrigo Carporal pulled off a split decision victory against Zhang Lipeng as the headliner of that card.
- Korea's top promotion, Road FC, hosted their 7th event this past weekend as well. The event was for the promotion's bantamweight tournament it produced interesting results.
- Kyung Ho Kang dominated Andrew Leone on their last event but was deducted points for missing weight. This cost him a decision, but he was given another chance at Road FC 7. He made the most of this chance and advanced to the semis of their bantamweight tournament where he can have a chance to face Leone once again.
- Jae Hoon Moon decisioned the young prospect in Soo Chul Kim to advance to the semis as well. Kim is only 20 years old and he obviously has the skills to make it big. Unfortunately for him, he hasn't exactly been matched up well, and has took on top tier guys and experienced BJJ champs which proved to be too soon for his young MMA career. He started out 3-1 and seemed to be a very promising teenage phenom. He still has a lot of time to regroup, but Kim has now lost 4 of his last five and has dropped to 4-4 overall.
- Min Jung Song picked up the final slot for the Road FC bantamweight tournament semi-final, by out-pointing Jae Hyun So.
Hatsu Hioki's training partner Takasuke Kume also picked up a submission win in Road FC when he stepped in on short notice to take on Hyung Suk Lee. Kume improved to 12-1-4 and continues to make his case as Japan's top lightweight prospects. Check out footage of his fight about a month ago against UFC veteran Shane Nelson:
- Check out the full results for both Road FC 7 and RUFF 3 here.