Singapore: Asia’s largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) has officially confirmed its much anticipated fight card for ONE FC: PRIDE OF A NATION which will take place on 31 August at the historic SMART ARANETA Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.
ONE FC has put up an impressive line-up of matches. The card features DREAM Champions Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki and Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes. Aoki is the most deadly submission grappler in MMA and Fernandes is ranked amongst the best bantamweight fighters in the world. Both are well-known as astounding athletes with a huge fan base amongst Asian and international fans alike. Aoki’s opponent is due to be announced shortly while Fernandes will take on Cage Fighting Championship (CFC) Australia Bantamweight Champion Gustavo Falciroli.
In addition, two former UFC Heavyweight Champions will meet for the fourth time in a grudge match that has escalated over the years. Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia will clash in Manila after a series of fights that saw Sylvia lose the first bout, and subsequently win back-to-back fights against the tough Belarusian. Sylvia is currently in the midst of a three-fight winning streak and has won seven of his last eight bouts.
Plus, for the first time, the legendary Gracie family will be represented thrice in one fight card. Rolles Gracie takes on Tony Bonello, Igor Gracie will battle Korea’s Jung Hwan Cha and Gregor Gracie will look to get back to his winning ways when he goes toe-to-toe with Nicholas Mann. In Manila, the three members of the “Royal Family of MMA” will be fighting to honor the legacy of the Gracie family name.
ONE FC 5 card now includes:
- Shinya Aoki vs. TBA
- Bibiano Fernandes vs. Gustavo Falciroli
- Felipe Enomoto vs. Eduard Folayang
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Tim Sylvia
- Eric Kelly vs. Jens Pulver
- Tony Bonello vs. Rolles Gracie
- Jung Hwan Cha vs. Igor Gracie
- Kevin Belingon vs. Soo Chul Kim
- Gregor Gracie vs. Nicholas Mann
- Phil Baroni vs. Rodrigo Ribeiro
- Mitch Chilson vs. Shannon Wiratchai
- Honorio Banario vs. Andrew Benibe