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Mixed martial arts (MMA) has seen a huge decline in Asia after Pride Fighting Championships, then Asia’s biggest MMA organization, went kaput. While there were efforts to re-establish MMA in the Asian continent, most of the groups that attempted fell short, while for some, success is yet to be achieved.

But what is MMA without Asia? After all, aren’t karate, kung-fu, and taekwondo of Asian descent? And isn’t Bruce Lee the widely regarded Father of MMA?

Asian MMA may have suffered a huge deal and no doubt still hurting. But with the buzz of reemergence, it is very likely that MMA in Asia will live to fight another day. And that day is September 3rd, 2011 and the place is Singapore Indoor Stadium. The event? Perhaps the biggest and most prestigious MMA production in Asia ever.

One Fighting Championship (One FC), the promotional organization behind the whole shebang, aims to promote not only MMA in Asia, but also grow and and develop MMA fighters with Asian lineage. And with Asian market already rooted in the fight business, as evidenced by the huge following of Asians in boxing and other combative sports, One Fighting Championship only needs to make a successful event to turn the whole thing around. And with the concept that they have, and with the backing of investors from the Middle East and media organizations in the Asian region, they might do just that.

“One Fighting Championship will undoubtedly attract an audience base of hundreds of millions of new fans glued to their television sets in Asia and enjoying the fastest growing sport in the world,” says One FC CEO and owner Victor Cui in an interview.

One FC will have its first event, which is also at the same time its very defining, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The production, entitled Champion vs. Champion: Asia’s Greatest Battle of Champions, will parade big MMA names, including Brazilian jiu jitsu champion Zorobabel Moreira Jr., Eduard Folayang, Ole Laursen, Brian Choi and Muhammad Radeem. Also slated to participate are members of the Team Lakay Wushu of the Philippines.

The event, which will be broadcasted across Asia and on MediaCorp in Singapore, will center on 16 national champions who will compete against each other in a mixed martial arts tournament, with the winner being crowned as the best in Asia.

NOTES. The ONE Fighting Championship Press Conference is set this Thursday starting 11AM at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. CEO/Owner Victor Cui will be introducing some of the world champions who will be competing on ONE Fighting Championship as well as other important details and developments. All major media will be in attendance. If you are a fan and would like to meet some of your heroes, please go to http://www.onefc.com/rsvp.html

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.