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MMA: Ueda, Fernandes headline One FC: Rise of Heroes in Manila

Masakatsu Ueda (left) will challenge Bibiano Fernandes (right) for his One FC Bantamweight World Championship title in Manila on May 2.

Masakatsu Ueda (left) will challenge Bibiano Fernandes for his One FC Bantamweight World Championship title in Manila.

March 11, 2014: Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes will defend his One FC bantamweight world title against Japan’s Masakatsu Ueda in Manila on May 2, as One Fighting Championship returns to the Philippines with the Rise of Heroes event at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.


Other bouts at the 20,000-capacity venue include ‘Ruthless’ Rob Lisita of Australia and Yusuke Kawanago of Japan in a featherweight clash, while Malaysian flyweight Gianni Subba will battle local favourite Eugene Toquero.


Victor Cui, CEO of One FC, said: “Expect One FC: Rise of Heroes to be a night of explosive knockouts and exciting finishes as we return to the Philippines. The 10 bouts planned for the night will feature the biggest stars from the Philippines and around the world.”


The 33-year-old Fernandes, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with multiple world jiu-jitsu tournament wins, unified the One FC Bantamweight World Championship with an impressive defeat of Kim Soo-chul at Total Domination in Singapore last October.


Ueda (18-2-2) is the former Shooto featherweight champion, a belt he defended successfully three times. The 36-year-old was also a successful collegiate wrestler who won national wrestling competitions in Japan as well as the All Japan Shooto Grappling Championship.


Lisita has chalked up six wins and one loss – to Kawanago in 2012 – in other MMA organisations and the 31-year-old Australian will have a chance to avenge that defeat when both fighters make their One FC debuts in Manila. Kawanago is a former Legend FC bantamweight champion with a 13-3 record in professional MMA, noted for his technical grappling skills.


Toquero is a Filipino fan favourite who has impressed since making his debut in 2012. A keen martial artist, Toquero was a member of the Muay Thai national team before his transition to MMA and has a penchant for finishing his opponents, winning all of his bouts by TKO.


Subba enjoyed a resounding MMA debut with an emphatic knockout ‘away’ win over Bruce Loh in Singapore and then dominated both his bouts in Malaysia. A former high school wrestler in the United States, the 21-year-old combines his technical wrestling skills with dynamic striking and will be competing in the Philippines for the first time.


The event will be televised on STAR Sports and can be streamed online for US$9.99. 

Tickets are available at, with pre-sale packages available from March 11-23.


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Source: One Fighting Championship

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