Asian MMA Update: UFC's Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin will both be training in Evolve MMA, Minowaman declines trilogy against Baroni, plus ONE FC 6 videos
Henderson, who has been recovering from an injury that forced him out of his title shot against Jon Jones, will be flying out this October and will resume training in Evolve MMA. He will be reuniting once again with US Olympian and long time Team Quest coach, Heath Sims, who has joined the top Asian camp as one of their head coaches.
The former UFC middleweight champion in Franklin on the other hand, will be also be in Evolve once again to train with their stable of world champions as he sets up camp for his UFC: Macau bout against Cung Le. 'Ace' also held his last camp in Singapore where he initially prepped for Le, until a switch in opponents led to a rematch against Wanderlei Silva.
Franklin and Henderson have squared off before ending up with a razor thin decision at UFC 93. On the few weeks they will be both spending time together in Singapore, they are expected to train together and spend time with Evolve's stacked roster which includes world champions in Muay Thai, BJJ, and Boxing among others.
Ikuhisa Minowa and Phil Baroni have faced off twice before, going 1-1 in PRIDE. Baroni took the first fight by unleashing a series of stomps, while Minowa won by decision on the second encounter in 2005. Both men have since won impressively on their last outings, and according to the NYBA, ONE FC wanted to host a third fight between them. Unfortunately, it isn't going to happen:
Minowa chickened out so no ONE FC fight. I'm in Vegas might as well enjoy myself ha ha ha ha— phil baroni (@philbaroni) September 23, 2012
- Switching gears, BloodyElbow.com has been told that China Top Team product, and former Legend FC Bantamweight champion, Yao Honggang has suffered a knee injury during his World Cup of MMA bout earlier this month. He lost a decision to Dave LaChappelle, and after sustaining an injury that needed surgery, he will likely be out for at least 6 months.
- ONE FC, will have a show their next event is a week from now, so here are a few ONE FC 6 videos to get you hyped:
The fight card will also host the promotion's first 3 first title fights, and Evolve MMA has released some highlight clips of two of their contenders fighting for titles. First off, Zorobabel Moreira:
and they also released a clip for Leandro Issa's ONE FC highlights:
As a bonus clip, here's one of the more interesting clips showing Zoro from a POV of his 'opponent'. For an idea of what Roger Huerta must've saw during their bout, check out this fun clip that was shot in a unique way:
Here's their current fight card: