Referee Yuji Shimada will be working the cage on June 23, when ONE FC heads to Malaysia. -- Photo by Anton Tabuena
There's a ton of news revolving around ONE Fighting Championship's fourth event, so this edition of our Asian MMA Update will be focused on those recent news bits:
- ONE Fighting Championship has a large group of promotions, gyms, broadcast partners, and other organizations working together for what they call the ONE FC Network. On June 1-3, and they will be bringing all the leaders of these different organizations for an "Asian MMA Summit" to be held in the prestigious Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino.
Here's how Victor Cui talked about the event on the press release:
"My vision is to create the best MMA network in Asia by choosing strategic partnerships made up of only the best promotions, gyms, sponsors, and media companies in the region. The ONE Asia MMA Summit 2012 is an opportunity for us to come together to share ideas, harness the phenomenal growth of MMA in Asia and create opportunities for all"
- Also on the press-release was the announcement that the next ONE FC show, which will be held in Malaysia, has been moved to the Stadium Negara, and will happen on June 23 instead of the earlier announced May 26 date.
- No fights have been officially announced for the card dubbed as "ONE FC 4: Destiny of Warriors", but there is one fight that is reportedly set, a lightweight match up between Muay Thai champion, Vuyisile Colossa and Sambo champion, Rustam Khabilov.
Khabilov (13-1) is a product of Greg Jackson's team, and made his impressive ONE FC debut in Jakarta, as he dominated a BJJ world champ from Evolve MMA, in Rodrigo Ribeiro. The combat sambo expert will be dropping down to the promotion's already stacked lightweight division for this event.
Colossa (4-2), on the other hand, is a vicious striker, and although he has improved since he started his career, he has still shown a weakness with his ground game. The Muay Thai expert has since switched training camps and is now working in the new 'Epic MMA Club' in Hong Kong to round out his MMA game with the likes of BJJ champs Rodrigo Medeiros, Silvio Braga, and Marcus Cacella among others.
- Also news about the card, Phuket Top Team product Andrew Leone (4-1) has called out the URCC Pinweight (119 lbs.) champion from Team Lakay in Roy Docyogen (10-0) for a flyweight bout in ONE FC. Leone has already faced one of Docyogen's teammates, losing by submission to Jazor Ablasi in Martial Combat.
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