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MMA: Taipei to host its first One FC event, War of Dragons, in July

One FC: War of Dragons will be held at the NTU Sports Center in Taipei on July 11.

One FC: War of Dragons will be held at the NTU Sports Center in Taipei on July 11.

June 10, 2014: Taipei will host its first One Fighting Championship event when One FC: War of Dragons is held at the National Taiwan University Sports Center on July 11. The event will be organised with local partner, AMC Live Group Asia.

 

Taiwanese heavyweight Paul Cheng – standing six-foot three and weighing 115kg – will compete in Taiwan for the first time when he takes on Egypt’s Mahmoud Hassan in one of four bouts already confirmed.

 

Fights have also been lined up between light heavyweights Jake Butler of the USA and Mohamed Ali of Egypt, lightweights Koji Ando of Japan and Rafael Nunes of Brazil, and bantamweights Yusup Saadulaev of Russia and Koetsu Okazaki of Japan.

 

Victor Cui, CEO of One FC, said: “After wowing sold-out audiences across Asia, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organisation will be broadcast live from Taiwan for the first time on 11 July. Fans in Taiwan have been clamouring for a live MMA event in their country and One FC will now bring world-class mixed martial arts action to Taipei City for the first time.”

 

Cheng, based in Canada but of Taiwanese heritage, is a former Canadian Football League star who marked his One FC debut last December with a first-round win over Yuji Shimada, extending his MMA record to four wins and one loss. Hassan is a heavyweight boxer who trains out of Naser City and made history as the first Egyptian to compete for One FC when he made his debut last September.

 

Ando is a Japanese fighter who has competed for some of the top regional promotions in Asia. The 29-year-old lightweight trains at Tokyo’s Wajutsu Keishukai and has tasted defeat just once since 2010, winning his last three outings. Nunes is a top Brazilian lightweight who has secured all but one of his 10 wins by stoppage.

 

Nunes is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt and is equally adept in finishing his opponents by strikes or by submission.

 

Butler is one of One FC’s top light heavyweights and has earned all of his victories by finishes. The Singapore-based American, who trains and coaches at Evolve MMA, is a wrestling specialist, having honed his skills as captain of the Princeton wrestling team. Ali, initially a Muay Thai practitioner, is an MMA veteran who has has finished most of his opponents by KO or TKO.

 

Saadulaev is a Combat Sambo champion who has won numerous grappling competitions and has eight submission victories in MMA, where he has won his last three fights. In his last bout, he emerged victorious over Adriano Moraes in one of the most entertaining bouts of 2013.

 

Okazaki worked his way up the ranks of Shooto and has never been knocked out or stopped with strikes, showing the ability to take and give a punch. The Japanese defeated Guam’s Josh Alvarez in his last bout and will step up in level when he takes on one of the division’s best in Saadulaev.

 

Tickets are available at www.ibon.com.tw

 

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

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