July 25, 2012

My first sports article, about the One FC 2012 event. Saw Arlovski and Aoki in the flesh. Oh, yeah.

Arlovski, Aoki, other MMA Superstars, land in Manila for One FC

KARL R. DE MESA July 19, 2012 1:32pm
When One Fighting Championship (One FC) comes to town, expect blood and spectacle, especially when you have a card that includes two former UFC champions.

The press conference at the Discovery Suites, Origias, is packed, a testament to the growing popularity of mixed martial arts and fighting leagues. One FC, chaired and owned by Fil-Canadian CEO Victor Cui, is fast garnering its own devoted following. It’s been hailed as the heir to the now defunct Pride FC, a league based in Japan that was the premier Far East organization for MMA in its day.

One FC 5: Pride of a Nation, is set to rock the Smart Araneta Coliseum on August 31 with former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski going up against Australian fighter Soa “The Hulk” Palilei as the main event, inside the cage.

Alongside the league debuts of former Dream champions Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes, Pinoy pride will be represented by Eric “The Natural” Kelly, who battles former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver, and Eduard Folayang.

Dubbed “The Landslide,” Folayang is eager and ready for his comeback. As a former URCC champ of the welterweight division and one of the rising stars of One FC, Folayang is being hailed as the number one pound for pound MMA Pinoy fighter. He is a talent that One FC is hoping to develop and elevate into surpassing even Manny Pacquiao, riding on the popularity of mixed martial arts.

“Eduard is 100 percent committed to his career and humble, almost to a fault,” said Cui.

Meanwhile, although his opponent remains undisclosed, Folayang has been busy preparing by spending intense training sessions in the Team Lakay camp of his hometown of Baguio City, located among the peaks of Benguet province, at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level.

Read the rest of it HERE.

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