Asian MMA: ONE FC 7 to be aired live in Canada on Fight Network, Plans 12 shows for 2013

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ONE Fighting Championship's 7th event will happen on Feb 2, and Canadian fans are lucky as the show will be aired live on the Fight Network.

ONE Fighting Championship will host their 7th event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this February, and Canadian fans are in luck, as ONE FC shows will now be televised live in the country. Usually being only available on an online PPV stream, all ONE FC events will now be shown on the Fight Network.

Here's the important bits from the press release, as ONE FC has signed a long term deal with the local network in Canada. (HT: MMA-in-Asia):

Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, has signed a long-term multi-platform programming partnership with ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s preeminent mixed martial arts organization. The five-year partnership will include live broadcasts of all ONE FC events on Fight Network, exclusively in Canada.

Fight Network has aired previous events from ONE FC, but the new deal will feature upcoming shows airing live in their entirety, beginning with ONE FC 7: Return of Warriors on February 2 at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Also news concerning the promotion, ONE FC officials have announced their plans of hosting 12 events in 2013 as they expand to more countries in the region. It may be a tough task to host a little over 1 event per month on average, while still keeping the quality of the cards on a high level, but if they pull it off as promised it could be great for the fighters and the fans in the region.

ONE FC 7 will be headlined by a featherweight championship bout between two Filipinos who are friends and former training partners, in Eric Kelly (9-0) and Honorio Banario (7-1). Also featured on the card are top notch bouts such as the flyweight title eliminator between Shinichi Kojima and Rey Docyogen, and a lightweight bout between top prospect Lowen Tynanes and Vuyisile Colossa.

Here's the current fight card so far:

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FIGHT CARD - ONE FC 7: Return of Warriors
February 2, 2013 -- Stadium Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

- Eric Kelly vs. Honorio Banario [ONE FC Featherweight Championship]
- Rey Docyogen vs. Shinichi Kojima [Flyweight Title Eliminator]
- Vuyisile Colossa vs. Lowen Tynanes
- Peter Davis vs. Leo Krishna
- Adam Kayoom vs. Zuli Silawanto
- Ryan Diaz vs. Thanh Vu [Bantamweight GP Quarterfinals]
- Melvin Yeoh vs. Raymond Tiew [Malaysian FW National Championship Tournament]
- AJ Vaa vs. Jian Kai Chee [Malaysian FW National Championship Tournament]
- Gianni Subba vs. Saiful Merican
- Jake Butler vs. Antoni Romulo

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