Fight Network’s live broadcast of ONE FC: Total Domination will be aired nationwide in Canada, as well as internationally as part of Fight Network’s expansion on ZON in Portugal, D-Smart in Turkey, and ZAP in Angola and Mozambique.
Headlining the fight card is the most highly-anticipated fight in ONE FC history – the unification bout for the ONE FC bantamweight world championship as top pound-for-pound king Bibiano Fernandes faces the heavy-handed and lightning quick South Korean, Soo Chul Kim.
“We are coming back to Singapore to put on one of the greatest fight cards in Asian MMA history. We will finally settle the question of who deserves to be called the top bantamweight fighter on the planet. Plus, the fierce MMA darling of Singapore, Sherilyn Lim, will make her ONE FC debut in front of thousands of screaming home fans. We always step it up a notch in Singapore and 18 October will be no different. We are putting together a fight card that will blow away the millions of passionate fight fans all around the world. Thousands of fans in attendance and the millions watching live around the world are set for another evening of world-class MMA action featuring the best in Asia,” said Victor Cui, CEO of ONE Fighting Championship.
Bibiano Fernandes is ranked as one of the best bantamweight fighters in the world. He is the former DREAM featherweight champion, DREAM featherweight grand prix winner and current interim ONE FC bantamweight champion. Fernandes has not lost a fight in over two years and he made his ONE FC debut in Manila last August when he defeated CFC bantamweight champion Gustavo Falciroli. Fernandes then followed that up with a first round submission win over DEEP bantamweight champion Yoshiro Maeda. In May 2013, Fernandes captured the interim title, which was up for grabs due to Soo Chul Kim being injured, by winning a unanimous decision over Koetsu Okazaki. He will be looking to cement his status as the best pound-for-pound fighter currently in Asia by taking home the unified ONE FC bantamweight world championship belt.
Reigning ONE FC bantamweight champion Soo Chul Kim is only 21 years of age but he is already a veteran of 11 MMA fights. He brings an unusual combination of both youth and experience into the ONE FC cage. The Korean has consistently tested himself against the best fighters in the division and has already competed in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. In his last ONE FC outing, Kim defeated Leandro Issa by TKO en route to winning the first ever ONE FC bantamweight belt. Kim feels that the Bantamweight title is rightfully his and will look to cause a major upset by defeating Fernandes to prove that he is the undisputed champion.
In the co-main event, Japanese MMA superstar Shinya Aoki will make his featherweight debut in a non-title contest against American Cody Stevens. In other action, Eddie Ng from Hong Kong clashes with the face of MMA in Malaysia, Peter Davis, while Tatsuya Mizuno and Rafael Silva will meet in a showdown of middleweight veterans.
Plus, Mitch Chilson and Shannon Wiratchai will face each other again a year after the controversial end to their first bout. Also added to the card is a flyweight contest between Wushu champion Rene Catalan from the Philippines and Cambodian kickboxer Khim Dima.
Shinya Aoki is one of the most decorated mixed martial artists in the world. A former DREAM lightweight champion, he earned his most prestigious title yet with a quick submission victory over the reigning ONE FC lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku earlier this year. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under the legendary Yuki Nakai, and boasts 22 wins via submission. Aoki now trains out of Evolve MMA and this bout will be his first since permanently relocating to Singapore. This will also be the first time Aoki competes at featherweight and his performance at this weight class may change the course of MMA history as we know it.
Aoki empathically stated, "I am dropping down to featherweight for the first time in my career in this fight. I feel stronger and faster at this weight and I have my sights set on competing against all the top featherweights and Lightweights that ONE FC puts in front of me. The weight cut will not be a problem for me and I am definitely ready for this challenge!"
Cody Stevens will look to earn the biggest win of his career when he faces Shinya Aoki. Originally from Ohio in the United States of America, Stevens now trains and fights out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand. He possesses a relentless grappling-heavy approach designed to break down the will of his opponent. His is confident that his strong wrestling base is more than a match for Aoki’s grappling and he cannot wait to muscle his way into a decisive victory over one of the sport’s most iconic superstars. Out of his 10 victories thus far, six of them have come via submission.
Hong Kong’s Eddie Ng will be making his fourth appearance in the ONE FC cage. He has finished all three of his opponents in ONE FC and will be looking to protect his unblemished ONE FC record when he meets Peter Davis. He combines explosive punching power with an underrated submission arsenal that emerged when he submitted Arnaud Lepont in his last ONE FC bout.
“I am excited to represent Hong Kong and step back into the ONE FC cage to face Peter Davis. He is a tough opponent with a good all round skill set. He has the ability to finish fights standing up and submit people on the ground. I look forward to the challenge on 18 October and I expect nothing less than an all-out war!” Ng proclaimed.
Peter Davis is a Wuji Chuan exponent and the face of mixed martial arts in Malaysia. Along with being a mixed martial arts veteran, he is also a prominent celebrity in showbiz with a long list of modeling and acting roles to his name. Davis has won five of his last six fights in impressive fashion and he will be looking to use his lanky frame and significant reach advantage to propel him to victory against Hong Kong’s Ng.
Davis told the media, “In the upcoming ONE FC fight, I'm going to be pulling out more tricks than “The Magician” can handle and put an end to his winning streak. He's won fights against a couple of my friends and it's time for a little revenge.”
Tatsuya Mizuno is a Japanese veteran who has fought all over the world. He holds notable victories over Trevor Prangley, Melvin Manhoef and Ilir Latifi. A 3rd degree Judo black belt, he has transitioned his skills to mixed martial arts by adding solid striking and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to his Judo trips and throws. He will look to utilize that against Rafael Silva and get his first win inside the ONE FC cage.
Rafael Silva is a Portuguese mixed martial arts veteran with more than 50 fights on his record. He has amassed an impressive seven-fight winning streak competing primarily in Europe. Having conquered the best in Europe, he now looks towards testing himself against the elite in Asia. With 21 of his 39 wins coming via submission, he will be looking to add another submission victory to his record against the gritty Mizuno.
Mitch Chilson is a featherweight fighting out of the famed Evolve MMA in Singapore. Originally from Seattle in the United States, he has a background in professional Muay Thai and wrestling. In his last bout, he demonstrated his wrestling skills by dominating a national Indonesian wrestler. Well-rounded and determined, Chilson will be looking to use all the skills in his arsenal to his advantage against the explosive Shannon Wiratchai as they meet for the second time.
Shannon Wiratchai is the youngest mixed martial artist in ONE FC’s roster to hail from Thailand. Unlike most of his countrymen who are proficient in Muay Thai, Wiratchai is trained in the ancient Chinese martial art of Baguazhang as well as in Judo. Wiratchai possesses explosive speed and he will be looking to use it to devastating effect to get the win he feels he rightly deserves against Chilson.
Rene Catalan is a former SEA Games and Asian Games gold medalist in Wushu. He possesses knockout power in both hands and will be looking to use that to stop Cambodian kickboxer Dima. In his ONE FC debut, he was performing admirably against BJJ black belt Alex Silva before getting caught in a submission. Catalan will enter this bout looking to finally translate his impressive resume into a ONE FC victory on his record.
Khim Dima will be the second Cambodian mixed martial artist to enter the ONE FC cage. A Khmer boxing veteran, who is making the transition in mixed martial arts, he will be looking to notch up the first win for the kingdom using his signature sharp elbows and crushing knees. This will be a clash of two top flyweight strikers and a highlight reel knockout has been predicted by experts.
The full fight card for ONE FC: Total Domination live on Fight Network includes:
-Bibiano Fernandes vs. Soo Chul Kim (undisputed bantamweight title)
-Shinya Aoki vs. Cody Stevens
-Eddie Ng vs. Peter Davis
-Tatsuya Mizuno vs. Rafael Silva
-Sylvain Potard vs. Jake Butler
-Shannon Wiratchai vs. Mitch Chilson
-Khim Dima vs. Rene Catalan
-Ann Osman vs. Sherilyn Lim
-Alex Lim vs. Juan Wen Jie
-Marc Marcellinus vs. Stephen Langdown
ONE FC returns Nov. 15 with a live broadcast on Fight Network from Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ONE FC: Warrior Spirit will feature the inaugural welterweight title fight between Adam Kayoon and Nobutatsu Suzuki.
For a full listing of Fight Network’s broadcast schedule, please visit tv.fightnetwork.com.