If there’s a huge fight event in Asia, it is almost certain a Filipino will be in the scene. But it is rare to see two Filipinos to go up and try to beat the other down. Actually, such scenario is extremely rare that this writer has never heard of anything of such sort.
But in the upcoming One FC’s first production, Champion vs. Champion: Asia’s Greatest Battle of Champions, two Filipinos will try to best the other in front of an expected crowd of 12,000 fight fans. Their showdown will take place on September 3rd, 2011 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Eduard Folayang, former URCC welterweight champion and a wushu practitioner, will pit his martial arts skills against Danish-Filipino Ole Laursen, a muay thai expert. Folayang, a full-blooded Igorot, boasts of an almost immaculate 9-1 tally, with 5 victories coming by way of knockouts, 3 by decisions, and 1 by submission. Laursen, the most experienced fighter of the two, parades a 53-19 slate as a professional kickboxer and as an MMA fighter, the Danish-Filipino, who now resides in Thailand, whips up a 5-2 record. All five victories are knockouts.
Both Folayang and Laursen were present during the press conference yesterday. For Folayang, being part of the One FC event will give him huge amounts of exposure but revealed that he is not fazed by the pressure and the hype the event has been generating.
“I know there will be more than 10,000 people at the Singapore Indoor Stadium but I am not nervous,” Folayang stated. “I am excited and I am proud to be representing the Philippines.”
Another Filipino MMA hotshot is also scheduled to appear at the event. Ex-URCC featherweight champion Eric Kelly, who sports an undefeated 5-0 record (5 submissions), will take on Singapore-based American Mitch Chilson. Kelly, a Yaw-Yan practitioner. will see if his art of fighting will prevail against Chilson’s muay thai expertise.
Martial Combat CEO / Owner is Victor Cui. He is a well known figure in the sports industry in Asia and is a media veteran who worked for ESPN Star Sports for many years
Quote from Victor Cui:
”ONE Fighting Championship marks a significant inflection point in the sport of mixed martial arts in Asia. By our first event on September 3, we will be in more than 500 million homes across Asia and it is only the beginning. Asia has been the birthplace and home to martial arts for the last 5,000 years and ONE Fighting Championship has a vision of bringing mixed martial arts to the 3.9 billion people living in Asia. I am excited by the dominant leadership position of ONE Fighting Championship in Asia and the future of mixed martial arts in this region of the world. MMA is the fastest growing sport on the planet. We intend to showcase some of the most adrenaline-filled, exciting fights in Asia, featuring the best Asian fighters.”