Ever since the legendary Japanese fight promotion Pride FC went bankrupt in 2008 (or around that time) I had been looking for something to fill its place. UFC has gotten better and better in recent years and has acquired many pride fighters, however, Pride FC always had this vibe and element of spectacle that I just couldn't get from UFC. Asian MMA just feels different somehow in presentation and style and I missed that feeling that Pride FC once invoked. Though the Japanese Dream promotion has managed to be Pride's spiritual successor in that respect and features some great fighters, many of Dream's fights just don't have the energy and variety of the Pride days, featuring many grind-outs and static fights (as much as I'm a fan of Dream, I have come to terms with this fact). After watching One FC however, my hope in Asian MMA has been renewed!
One FC is a South East Asian MMA promotion that exhibits fighters from all over Asia. Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, India, Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Russia etc. etc. are all represented. There's people from all over the continent. It's really a pan-Asian event with exciting fights however, its not limited to Asian contenders either, there are Americans and Brazilians as well. The rules are a bit different than UFC. For example, soccer kicks are allowed in an open guard and the ring is shaped more like a circle than an octagon which is kind of interesting. I have to say that this venue shows a lot of promise and variety. They also got Lene Heart (a woman who's voice is either the bane of your existence or the best thing ever) to do the announcing! Awesome!
|A stare-down between Japanese fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri and his American opponent Donald Sanchez at the weigh-ins for One FC 3, I've never seen Kawajiri look so pissed off.|