ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP™ ADDS TO STABLE OF CHAMPIONS WITH SEVEN NEW SIGNINGS
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™, Asia’s
largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share,
has signed seven top prospects to a growing stable of world class
athletes. Russian Featherweight Champion Marat
Gafurov, Saipan Heavyweight Champion Kelvin
Fitial, Australian champion Rob Lisita
and BRACE Featherweight champion Martin
Nguyen have all signed with ONE FC following successful stints
with their regional promotions. They are joined by top free agents
Gill and Kentaro
Watanabe, who have also joined the promotion.
Gafurov is undefeated after eight fights, having emerged as the
top Featherweight from Europe in recent years. He possesses deadly
ground and pound that has led him to six finishes so far. Prior to
signing with ONE FC, he was the reigning M-1 Global Featherweight
Champion. He joins an exciting Featherweight division that is
currently ruled by Koji Oishi and
there is no doubt that Gafurov will be looking to earn himself a
title opportunity in the near future.
Fitial is the top mixed martial artist to hail from the
Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan and have proven himself by
winning the Heavyweight Championship from a regional organization.
He has not lost since 2009 and has earned nine of his 12 victories
via knockout or TKO. Fitial’s bouts are guaranteed crowd pleasers
as he never stops moving forward and loves getting into boxing
duels with his opponent. ONE FC’s Heavyweight division has rapidly
become one of the most exciting divisions with Chris
Lokteff, Paul Cheng,
Ngalani and now Kevin Fitial in the mix.
Lisita is the best Featherweight to emerge from Australia. He
has fought in numerous smaller organizations and after an
impressive 6-1 run, will now face a step up in competition as he
joins Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization. He is aptly
nicknamed ‘Ruthless’ for his fighting style as he always goes for
the finish whenever he sees weakness in his opponent.
The winner of ONE FC Network Partner BRACE’s Featherweight
championship contest between Martin
Nguyen and Luke
Standing was promised a ONE FC contract, and Nguyen earned the
contract by stopping Standing in the first round of their main
event contest in December. Currently undefeated in his career,
Australia’s Nguyen will look to do BRACE proud as he tests himself
against the best in Asia.
Gill is a Canadian-Indian Welterweight veteran who has been
competing since 2001. His list of opponents includes Caol Uno,
Damm and recent ONE FC signing Harris
Sarmiento. He has also faced the legendary Buakaw Banchamek in
kickboxing. Gill has ferocious kicks and is relentless when he has
an opportunity to finish his opponent. India has yet to notch a
victory in the ONE FC cage and Gill is looking forward to change
that when he enters the ONE FC cage.
Watanabe is a Japanese Flyweight who will now ply his trade in
ONE FC’s Flyweight division. Watanabe has come through the ranks of
the Shooto organization with his signature lightning quick striking
style that has made him a favorite amongst Japanese mixed martial
arts fans. He now looks to showcase his exciting style of fighting
to the millions of ONE FC fans watching across the world.
ONE FC’s next event, titled ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS, will be held on
14 March at Stadium Negara in Malaysia. It will be headlined by a
Welterweight World Championship contest between American wrestler
Larson and Nobutatsu
Suzuki of Japan.
For more updates on ONE Fighting Championship™, please visit
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About ONE Fighting Championship™ With a 90%+ market share in Asia,
ONE Fighting Championship is Asia's largest Mixed Martial Arts
(MMA) organization. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most
exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the best Asian mixed
martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive
contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Fighting
Championship™ has partnered with FOX and STAR Sports for an
unprecedented 10-year cable television deal with a coverage that
spans 70+ countries across the world.
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