ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC), Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, has added another three exciting fights to the blockbuster card set to take place on 6 December at the state-of-the-art MOA Arena in Manila, Philippines. Filipino fan favorite Eduard Folayang returns to the ONE FC cage to meet seasoned Dutch-Indonesian striker Vincent Latoel. Bantamweights Leandro Issa and Koetsu Okazaki clash as they look to work their way back up to a title opportunity, and undefeated Korean Dae Hwan Kim will make his ONE FC debut against Australia’s Thanh Vu.
Tickets for ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUTH are on sale now at SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box PHP 640 and General Admission PHP 220.
Fans around Asia can catch all the action live on STAR Sports. Check your local listings. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The entire fight card will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship Victor Cui stated, “The excitement that surrounds a ONE FC fight card each time we return to the Philippines is a spectacle in itself. And December 6 is no different as it promises to be a night of adrenaline-pumping action that will have the Filipino fans on the edge of their seats as ONE FC concludes the exciting 2013 multi-city tour with ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUTH. Eduard Folayang and Vincent Latoel are two of the most exciting Lightweights in the world! Prepare for a night of exciting knockouts and submissions as fans pack the 20,000-seater MOA Arena!”
Eduard Folayang is the top Lightweight in the Philippines. He has a decorated striking career that includes multiple Asian Games medals in Wushu, and has translated the unorthodox kicks in Wushu to mixed martial arts. The former schoolteacher from Baguio will look to rebound from the disappointing loss suffered in his last outing in Manila, but will face a tough task going up against outstanding Dutch-Indonesian mixed martial artist Vincent Latoel.
Vincent Latoel is a veteran of the mixed martial arts scene in Europe, and has fought in six different countries in three continents. He has a kickboxing background and trains out of the famed Golden Glory gym in the Netherlands. He made a successful ONE FC debut when he submitted Willy Ni in the first round in September and will look to silence the partisan crowd by defeating Folayang.
Leandro ‘Brodinho’ Issa is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a multiple-time BJJ World Champion currently fighting out of Evolve MMA. He had a seven-fight winning streak snapped by Soo Chul Kim in the first ever ONE FC Bantamweight World Championship title match last year, but has since bounced back to defeat Yusup Saadulaev. Issa possesses world class grappling skills and he now looks to build another winning streak when he faces Japanese Bantamweight Koetsu Okazaki.
Koetsu Okazaki is a former Shooto champion and one of the best Bantamweights from Japan. He suffered a loss in his ONE FC debut, but his heart and tenacity to fight out of several submission attempts won him numerous fans. Known for his lanky reach and deceptively fast hands, Okazaki will be looking to knock Issa out and get another shot at undisputed ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes.
Dae Hwan Kim is an undefeated Bantamweight champion from South Korea. He is the KAMMA and DMMF champion, and has never lost in nine outings. He is equally adept on his feet and on the ground, and has been able to finish five of his opponents. He is one of the best fighters to emerge from South Korea in recent years and it will be interesting to see how he fares on the global stage.
Thanh Vu started his ONE FC career with a blistering knockout of Mohd Fouzein, but was knocked out of the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix after a loss to Kevin Belingon. A native of Sydney, Australia, he is a decorated fighter and one of the brightest prospects in the Bantamweight division. He now looks to get back to winning ways by defeating his heavily favored opponent from Korea.