Some of the best mixed martial artists from the region are gathering in Singapore for a series of groundbreaking MMA shows. In total there will be 12 separate Martial Combat events featuring 60 fights, all taking place at the Sentosa Resort World this year.
The fighters on display may not be world renowned but there will be a mixture of up and coming youngsters and seasoned professionals from South East Asia and beyond doing battle in the cage.
The first event is scheduled for May 12th with the second taking place on the following night. All the events will be broadcast on ESPN Star Sports, Asia's premier sports broadcaster, which is throwing its weight behind this fledgling show.
The opening fight will feature one of the best known fighters on the South East Asian circuit. Ole Laursen, owner of the Legacy gym in Thailand, is part Filipino, part Danish and every inch a mixed martial artist. He has been a world class kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter for over ten years and has established himself as a respected Muay Thai fighter in Thailand, no easy task for a westerner.
While Laursen is primarily a stand up fighter his opponent, Eduardo 'Edu' Pachu, will be looking to take the fight to the ground at the earliest available opportunity. Pachu hails from Brazil but now trains out of the Evolve MMA camp in Singapore. He is a veteran of 13 MMA fights and has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With Laursen looking for the knock out and Pachu searching for the submission this is one fight which is highly unlikely to end up in the hands of the judges.
Other fighters on the card on May 12th hail from a diversity of regions including South Korea, the Philippines, Sweden, China, India, and England. They also come from a variety of backgrounds meaning Jiu Jitsu practitioners, wrestlers, grapplers and kickboxers will all come together to do battle in the Martial Combat cage.
The following night will feature local fighter Mitch 'the Dragon' Chilson in the main event. While Chilson is originally from the USA he now calls Singapore home and is a member of the Evolve MMA team. He has entered the cage on eight previous occasions and has emerged victorious on all but one of them.
A well rounded fighter he has added Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to his already impressive Muay Thai game and will be looking for a win in his adopted hometown. Chilson will be up against Zhang Jing Xong from Taiwan. Known simply as 'Lightning' he has an extensive background in the Chinese martial art Sanda. Xong is the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Taiwanese Sanda Champion and earned his nickname due to his lightning fast reflexes.
Both men posses a strong pedigree in stand up fighting and this promises to be an explosive fight. At the opposite end of the card is another fighter who has vast experience in Muay Thai. Ngoo Ditty, from Thailand, is a veteran of an astonishing 152 Muay Thai bouts. He has been working hard on his submission skills at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket and can now be considered a truly well rounded fighter.
Ditty (pictured) will be facing the toughest test of his MMA career against unbeaten Filipino fighter Kevin Belingon. Belingon has won all four of his MMA fights and is the reigning URCC flyweight champion. Although there is no title on the line the winner of this fight can make a strong case for being the number one flyweight in all of South East Asia.
Experienced MMA veteran Ray Elbe is headlining a Martial Combat show later this year and will also be the color commentator for ESPN Star Sports. Elbe is currently the head of the MMA program at Tiger Muay Thai and he believes this series of shows will go a long way towards raising the profile of the sport in Singapore.
'MMA is the fastest growing sport on the planet and has developed at an incredible rate since I first started fighting over ten years ago. There have been major MMA shows in Australia, Abu Dhabi, Germany and England as well as the US and it is only a matter of time before it catches on here in Singapore.'
'This show will feature fighters from all over the world many of whom have experience of fighting in some of the biggest events. There will be a huge diversity of styles as well as nationalities which is what makes this such an exciting sport.'
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