ONE Championship Announces Eight New Signings Including Christian Uflacker

February 6, 2015
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ONE Championship (as Asia’s biggest MMA organization now wants to be known) announced eight new signings on Friday, including undefeated BJJ black belt Christian Uflacker, who has previously enjoyed success with both Bellator and Strikeforce.

Uflacker (5-0) has not fought since 2012, but is a decorated grappler who has won numerous tournaments and competitions. He is set to compete in ONE Championship’s welterweight division where he will be a potential challenger for the belt currently held by Ben Askren.

Other undefeated fighters who have been added to the ONE Championship roster include Brace MMA bantamweight champion Jordan Lucas (7-0) and Korean welterweight Dae Ryeong Kim (5-0), who is the older brother of former 135-pound title challenger Dae Hwan Kim.

Two of the new signees are scheduled to appear at ONE FC: Age of Champions in Kuala Lumpur on March 13. Asuka Mikami (11-2-1-1) challenges Adriano Moraes for the flyweight title in the main event and former SFL 155-pound champion Rajinder Singh Meena (8-1) faces Malaysia’s Peter Davis in the co-main event.

Also announced was the signing of Kuat Khamitov (18-3-1), who is a Kazakh lightweight. He’ll be looking to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot Igor Svirid by winning a ONE Championship title. He’s already had success with Asian promotions Ruff and SFL.

The final two names added to the ONE Championship roster this week are Mark Striegl (13-1), whose decision to sign for the organization despite strong interest from the UFC has already been well publicized, and Marcos Ratinho, who is a decorated BJJ black belt.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    In other words, Askrens next opponent.

  • onepunch

    Again, a step in the right direction, signing those on a winning streak. As for Askren, he wont be short of potential suitors wanting his belt. The WW as other higher divisions are stacking up with decorated prospects. Most are champions in their countries or previous promotions with recent records. The One FC brand is to be maintained along with the rebranded name One Champ. They kinda go together. Hope they actually put on more events and some on Saturday or Sunday at a early timing in Asia to appeal to other audiences like north America due to time difference. There is a big demand over there now for One FC or One Champ contents.