4 Reasons MMA Fans Should Pay Attention to One FCMay 30, 2013
4 Reasons MMA Fans Should Pay Attention to One FC
Between the UFC, Bellator and Invicta, MMA fans around the world get their fix on a regular basis when it comes to fights. The UFC usually puts on a couple of shows a month, Bellator puts on a show a week during their season and Invicta provides fans with a female side to the sport.
For the hardcore fans and fans looking for a continued quench to their MMA thirst, there are plenty of other great MMA organizations out there to watch. One of the best currently runs in the Asia Pacific. That organization is One FC.
Here are four reasons MMA fans should pay attention to One FC, which brings its next card to fans on Friday of this week.
Possess Some Top Talent Not in UFC
The UFC and Bellator are home to some of the most talented fighters in the world, but One FC has brought together some of the best talent not currently employed by the UFC.
Two names that come to mind are Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes.
Aoki is a Japanese grappling ace who has wowed the masses with his brutal submissions and flashy grappling style. Though he has not found the greatest success in the United States, he has made a name for himself fighting overseas and winning against stiff lightweight competition.
Fernandes is a bantamweight that the UFC has pursued in the past, but has been unsuccessful in acquiring (Fernandes refused their contract). He has been a buzzsaw outside of the world of the UFC, dominating opponents to a top-10 world ranking.
Add in guys like Melvin Manhoef, Yasuhiro Urushitani and Tim Sylvia, and you can see that One FC is not short on veteran talent.
Exciting Fights and Finishes
Whether it is brutal knockouts, scintillating submissions or just plain exciting fights, One FC has it all. Just look up and down the first eight events they have had for proof.
The submissions that have been executed in One FC have been brilliant. From the reverse heel hook that Masakazu Imanari used to devastate Kevin Belingon to the triangle choke Shinya Aoki used to strangle Arnaud Lepont to the D'arce choke Masakatsu Ueda used to incapacitate Jens Pulver, it is easy to see the level of excitement these submissions created.
That's not to say that the knockouts haven't been great. Some of the best that come to mind are Melvin Manhoef's one-punch KO of Ryo Kawamura, Eric Kelly's kick to the body of Jens Pulver and Zorobabel Moreira's famous soccer kick knockout of UFC veteran Roger Huerta.
All things considered, you can expect One FC to give you some edge-of-your-seat action.
Great Pacific Prospects
In addition to having some high-profile names like Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes, One FC has been a haven and a proving ground for some of the Pacific's top talent.
There are four fighters from the Philippines that lead the pack of top Pacific prospects: Kevin Belingon, Eric Kelly, Honorio Banario and Eduard Folayang.
Belingon is a well-rounded fighter with a win over fellow prospect Yusup Saadulaev. The powerful striker gets a big step up in competition this weekend when he faces Japanese veteran Masakatsu Ueda in the bantamweight grand prix finals.
Kelly is a submission artist who would be undefeated in One FC had he not suffered an eye injury in his latest outing. Kelly has been impressive thus far, defeating the likes of Bae Young Kwon and Jens Pulver in the One FC organization.
Banario is another well-rounded guy who currently holds the One FC featherweight strap. His win over Kelly gave him that title, which he defends this weekend in the main event against Koji Oishi of Japan.
Folayang is a striker that has shown signs of high potential. His wins over Felipe Enomoto and A Sol Kwon prove that he could be a guy to look out for in the future.
There are not just fighters from the Philippines making a big splash, either. Of course, guys from Japan, South Korea and all around have used One FC to try to establish their names as well.
Pay-Per-View Is Worth the Value
With UFC pay-per-views hovering around the $50 range, wouldn't it be nice to get a high-quality pay-per-view streaming live for something more affordable to the average Joe?
Well, One FC will be running its pay-per-view this weekend for $9.99 from their website. The event will see Honorio Banario defend his featherweight title against Koji Oishi. Bibiano Fernandes will fight Koetsu Okazaki for the bantamweight gold. Meanwhile, Masakatsu Ueda will meet Kevin Belingon for the bantamweight grand prix championship.
Add on to that the fact that UFC veterans Yasuhiro Urushitani, Kamal Shalorus, Tim Sylvia and Phil Baroni are on the card, among other potential UFC talents, and you have yourself the best 10 bucks you're going to spend on entertainment.