ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organisation, announced four exciting bouts for its inaugural fight card in Cambodia, "ONE FC: Rise of the Kingdom", which will be held at Koh Pich Theatre on September 12.
The headlining match – Brazil’s Adriano Moraes against Geje Eustaquio of the Philippines for the vacant ONE FC flyweight division title – will be preceded by the co-main event of the night, an epic rematch between highly rated lightweights Caros Fodor of the US and South African Vuyisile Colossa.
The Cambodian card will also feature Singaporean rising star Radeem Rahman facing Taiwanese MMA pioneer Sung Ming Yen at bantamweight and Amir Khan of Singapore taking on Malaysian featherweight Jian Kai Chee.
A sure-fire highlight of the cage fighting event will be the lightweight match up of Cambodian-Australian Suasday Chau and flamboyant Frenchman Arnaud Lepont.
Tickets are on sale now during week days at CTN TV station, along National Highway 5, and at NagaWorld during the weekend. A booth at the indoor hall of the Old Stadium will also sell tickets during MyTV’s MMA shows on Sundays.
The full red carpet and cage-side experience is available for US$80, with other tickets priced at $50 and $20.
The Future v The Cheetah
Caros ‘The Future’ Fodor (9-4) is a Muay Thai and submission grappling champion who was one of the top lightweights in US-based promotion Strikeforce.
After suffering a decision loss to Colossa at "ONE FC: Moment of Truth" in Manila last December, 30-year-old Fodor beat Dutch master Willy Ni in convincing fashion in May and now gets the chance to avenge his only defeat out of three fights with ONE FC.
Vuyisile ‘The Cheetah’ Colossa (7-4) is a feared striker, winning many of his matches with explosive knockouts thanks to his devastating low kicks and knees. The 32-year-old has won his last two ONE FC bouts including a points victory over former lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku of Japan.
Radeem Rahman (2-0) became the first Singaporean to compete inside the ONE FC cage, defeating Susovan Ghosh of India in the organisation’s very first event back in 2011. Injury kept him out of competition for years, but he made quite an impression on his return in Singapore in May when he smashed up Malaysia’s Raymond Tan in the second round of their battle.
Sung Ming Yen (3-1) has proven himself as one of the top MMA fighters out of Taiwan, being equally adept at grappling and striking and priding himself on his aggressive style. The ONE FC debut for the 34-year-old known as Sam couldn’t have gone much better as he submitted Singaporean Nick Lee in just over a minute of the first round in front of a home crowd in Taipei.
Amir Khan is a Singaporean who has an undefeated amateur record competing in the United States. The namesake of the famous British boxing champion is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt under Relson Gracie and has also competitive wrestling and Muay Thai experience.
Jian Kai Chee (4-4) is a striking expert from Malaysia who has won national championships in both Sanda and Muay Thai. He grabbed his first victory at ONE FC back in February 2013 when he overcame compatriot AJ Lias Mansor by judges decision.
Suasday Chau (4-3) was born on the Thai border as a refugee and emigrated to Australia with his family when he was two. Now the owner of a gym in Adelaide, he will get to fulfill his dream of competing in his ancestral homeland. Unlike most Cambodian combatants, who favour stand up techniques, Suasday has deadly skills on the ground and has claimed all four of his pro MMA wins via submission.
Arnaud ‘The Game’ Lepont (10-4) is well known for his charisma and crazy entrances and always goes looking for the KO right from the start. The 34-year-old Frenchman has outstanding striking and knockout power in both hands and is hell-bent on getting back on track to a championship opportunity after losing his last three bouts for ONE FC against top opponents including current lightweight champion Shinya Aoki of Japan.
Local fight fans can catch all the action live on MyTV and Star Sports, which on Friday was rebranded as Fox Sports 2.
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