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MMA: One FC’s China debut rescheduled for December 19

The undefeated Song Yadong (second left), who turns 20 on December 2, will face Ji Xian in the headline bout in Beijing.

The undefeated Song Yadong (second left), who turns 20 on December 2, will face Ji Xian in the headline bout in Beijing.

November 22, 2014: One FC’s first event in mainland China has been rescheduled for December 19. Dynasty of Champions, which will be held in Beijing’s Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, was originally scheduled for October 31.

 

As per the event’s original announcement, former Pan-Pacific champion Ji Xian will make his One FC debut against the undefeated Song Yadong as Chinese bantamweights collide in the headline bout.

 

Australian lightweight Adrian ‘The Hunter’ Pang of Australia will make his One FC debut in the co-main event when he takes on experienced Dutch fighter Vincent Latoel, who upset fans in Singapore when he stopped Eddie Ng in May, but lost to Caros Fodor in Cambodia in September.

 

In addition, He Nannan, Li Kaiwen, Li Gen, and Wang Yawei will contest a four-man featherweight tournament, with a champion crowned on the same night.

 

Victor Cui, CEO of One Fighting Championship, said: “One FC is set to become the first major mixed martial arts organisation to make inroads into mainland China. We will launch a 10-city tour with a huge event in Beijing as a sign of things to come.

 

“China is a hotbed for mixed martial arts talent and I will not be surprised to see a One FC world champion from China in the near future. The path to glory begins at One FC: Dynasty of Champions. It will be a night of world-class mixed martial arts action as One FC is live from China for the first time.”

 

Ji (11-2), 27, made his mark in the MMA scene by going undefeated in his first eight fights, with ‘The Executioner’ fighting five of his last seven bouts on the now-defunct Legend FC promotion.

 

Song (4-0), who will turn 20 on December 2, is one of China’s brightest prospects and has already won four MMA pro bouts. The teenager is best known for his takedowns and will make good use of them against Ji, who has a Sanda background but is also an accomplished grappler.

 

The 37-year-old Pang (20-8-2) is a battle-hardened veteran of 30 pro fights since 2001 and the Papua New Guinea-born ‘Hunter’ was previously a Legend lightweight champion. Latoel (15-15) began his career as a kickboxer, but has developed an all-action style and will be fighting in One FC for the fifth time.

 

He, originally from Shanxi province, is a former bodybuilder who now fights out of Beijing and will face Li Kaiwen in the featherweight semi-finals. Li, who has previously beaten He in a grappling bout, is a freestyle wrestler and trains in Tianjin.

 

Li Gen is a Sanda fighter from Beijing whose team has been crowned the country’s best in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the past two years. Li will take on Wang, originally a wrestler from Hubei province who moved to Thailand to train in Muay Thai.

 

Fans around Asia can watch the action live on Fox Sports 3 or via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv (main-card fights: US$9.99).

 

Source: One FC (www.onefc.com); Editing by SportAsia

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