Ukrainian fighter Igor Subora sees his upcoming three-round encounter with Sherif “The Shark” Mohamed as an opportunity to bring back the luster of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Both highly-decorated combatants are set to collide on the undercard of ONE: QUEST FOR POWER, which takes place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on 14 January.
Subora is one of the few foreign nationals who opted to make a run for the money and compete professionally in the Philippines.
Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen completed his climb to the top of ONE Championship’s competitive 70.3-kilogram weight class by clinching a prestigious martial arts gold against a fierce Russian rival.
The 28-year-old Australian standout knocked out the previously unbeaten Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in their rematch and laid claim to the featherweight crown in the main event of ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS last Friday, 18 August at the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Sacrifice means to give up something cherished in order to get something even more valuable in the future. This concept also applies to mixed martial arts (MMA) as the path to becoming a world champion is paved with much sacrifice.
To set foot on the pinnacle of success, all fighters must go through blood, sweat and tears in training. Moreover, MMA athletes have to be separated from their families for months to dedicate their lives to the craft that they seek to perfect.
Sacrifice means to give up something cherished in order to get something even more valuable in the future. This concept also applies to the constantly-evolving world of martial arts as the path to becoming a celebrated world champion is paved with much sacrifice.
To set foot on the pinnacle of success, all competitors must go through blood, sweat and tears in training. Moreover, martial artists have to be separated from their families for months to dedicate their lives to the craft that they seek to perfect.
Vietnamese-Australian standout Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen had to undergo the same process as had to give up numerous special occasions with his family and friends to fully focus on his training.
“The life of a professional martial artist is difficult, but I understand that in order to be the best, we have to make certain sacrifices. Spending time away from friends and family to train isn’t easy,” Nguyen said.
Nguyen admitted the most painful sacrifice is the separation from his family, but he knows that there is a reward waiting for him.
“It’s part of being a professional martial artist. A lot of sacrifices have been made. Training in December was one of them. I had to give up Christmas celebrations for this fight. I missed a lot of family activities such as birthdays and reunions,” he stated.
“If I want to consider myself as a championship-quality athlete in this sport, I have to make that sacrifice. In the end, I will reap the fruits of my labor. Hard work cannot be denied forever,” Nguyen added.
Nguyen’s sacrifices inside the ONE Championship finally paid off as he is set to vie for prestigious gold in his upcoming bout.
The 28-year-old Vietnamese-Australian stalwart is booked to square off with with Marat “Cobra” Gafurov of Russia in a rematch for the ONE Featherweight World Championship in the main event of ONE: QUEST OF GREATNESS, which takes place at the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 18 August.
Nguyen earned his much-deserved shot at Gafurov’s coveted gold-plated strap after notching a remarkable first-round knockout victory over Japanese journeyman Kazunori Yokota last January.
After nearly two years of trying, Nguyen finally found himself back in a contest for the ONE Featherweight World Championship title.
“I am back. I really worked hard for this. I know you hear it from many athletes that their dream is to become a world champion. I would say the same. It’s the main objective of every martial artist in this sport,” he articulated.
KUALA LUMPUR: Asia's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, ONE Championship today announced the schedule for its 2017 tour across the region, making Kuala Lumpur as one of its early stops.
ONE Championship has delivered world-class MMA action to iconic Asian cities, breaking into new Chinese markets including key Asian destinations.
The promotion also successfully held a live event at the Cotai Arena in Macau, and became the first-ever major MMA promotion to hold a live event in Bangkok, Thailand.
ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS is set for the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, on 7 Oct. Headlined by ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito defending his title against Joshua Pacio of the Philippines, the card features plenty of local talent alongside some of the hottest MMA prospects from around the world.
ANGELA LEE SET TO DEFEND HER ONE WOMEN’S ATOMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST ISTELA NUNES
28 March 2017 – Singapore: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced that Olympic gold medalist swimmer Joseph Schooling will accompany ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee to the cage as part of her entourage during the main event of ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES. The youngest world champion in mixed martial arts history, Lee is scheduled to face Brazil’s Istela Nunes in a five-round bout which will headline a stacked fight card. ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES is set to hit the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 26 May.
ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren defends his world title against Malaysia’s Agilan Thani at ONE: Dynasty of Heroes May 26, Friday in Singapore.
The unbeaten Askren says his heartbreaking elimination during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games which shattered his childhood dream fuels his drive to be the best in his sport.
Singaporean Olympic swimmer Joseph Schooling, who has won 16 gold medals, including the one from the Rio Olympics where he beat his idol Michael Phelps, is venturing into the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
24 July 2017 – Macao, China: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced three additional bouts to ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS, set for the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao on 5 August. The main event features ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil who will defend his title against top contender Andrew Leone of the United States. In addition to the blockbuster headlining bout, Kairat Akhmetov will face Adriano Moraes to crown the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion in the evening’s co-main event. Also added to the card is Toni Tauru and Leandro Issa, who will be competing in a bantamweight contest, as well as middleweights Marcin Prachnio and Gilberto Galvão.
15 February 2017 – Bangkok, Thailand: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced additional bouts for ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM. The blockbuster event is set to rock the 12,000-capacity Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11 March. In the main event, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee will defend her title against top contender Jenny Huang of Chinese Taipei.
12 January 2017 – Kuala, Lumpur: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), in partnership with Tune Talk, has just announced additional bouts to complete a spectacular card at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS. The blockbuster event will feature the absolute best in local and international mixed martial arts talent, accentuating a tremendous main event bout between hometown hero Ev “E.T.” Ting and lightweight veteran Kamal Shalorus.
ONE FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION MARAT GAFUROV DEFENDS TITLE AGAINST MARTIN NGUYEN
10 July 2017 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced another blockbuster evening of authentic martial arts action. ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS is set to return to the iconic Stadium Negara on 18 August for another spectacular showcase of Asia’s top martial arts talent. In the main event, undefeated ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov of Russia puts his world title on the line against top contender Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia.
09 May 2017 – Singapore: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced two additional bouts to complete a stacked fight card at ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium this 26 May. Former world title challenger Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of Baguio City, Philippines is scheduled for a highly-anticipated rematch against Anatpong “Mak” Bunrad of Thailand. Also, Indonesian National Grappling Champion Jeremy Meciaz makes his ONE Championship debut against Chen “Rock Man” Lei.
25 November 2016 – Beijing, China: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced a blockbuster media partnership with StarTimes -- a Beijing-based media group dedicated to promoting Chinese culture to Africa. As an influential system integrator, technology provider and network operator in China’s broadcasting industry, StarTimes provides digital television services and various content to sub-Saharan Africa. On 25 November, ONE Championship held a press conference in Beijing to announce the collaboration. In attendance were Director of ONE Championship Media Rights Roland Lam, Alain “The Panther” Ngalani, James “The Falcon” Kouame, as well as Chinese fighters Li Kai Wen and Ma Jia Wen.
With ONE Championship returning to Manila, Philippines on 21 April, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization seeks to electrify the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena once again.
Company chairman Chatri Sityodtong revealed that ONE Championship is preparing a blockbuster event for its tenth venture on Philippine shores.
“April 21st in Manila is going to be a massive, massive event. We are going to have a crazy card for the fans in the Philippines. You’ve got to come out and show your love. We’re going to see some fireworks. It will probably be our biggest event in the Philippines,” he stated,
If there is one athlete who put the Philippines on the map of the international sporting scene, it is Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao has captured 13 world titles in eight different weight classes and was hailed "Fighter of the Year" three times by both The Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).
27 September 2016 – Manila, Philippines: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), held an open workout for fans and media in attendance at the Music Hall at the Mall of Asia in Manila. Athletes in attendance included ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, bantamweight standout Mark “Mugen” Striegl and Team Lakay warriors Eduard Folayang and Joshua Pacio. Accompanying the athletes was ONE Vice President Rich Franklin.
03 August 2017 – Macao, China: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held a blockbuster kick-off press conference for ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS at the Sicily Room at The Venetian Macao in Macao, China. In attendance was Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, Chatri Sityodtong as well as reigning and defending ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil, and his opponent, world title challenger Andrew Leone of the United States.
29 November 2016 – Manila, PHILIPPINES: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), held a luncheon for select members of the media at Vikings Mall of Asia late Tuesday, 29 November. Athletes in attendance included ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, and world title challenger Reece “Lightning” McLaren, as well as Filipino fighters Danny Kingad and Eugene Toquero.
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