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ONE Fighting Championship: A fight to end all fights
This Saturday, September 3, Singapore will host Asia's first championship match between 16 world and national mixed martial arts champions. Kate Hodal sneaks a peek during one of the training sessions
Saturday night's all right for fighting, and this Saturday, September 3, Singapore will host the ONE Fighting Championship.
Titled "Champion vs. Champion", the competition will pitch 16 fighters from a variety of martial arts -- including Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BBJ), karate, muay thai and boxing -- against another for a cash prize and a chance at the Asian crown.
Hailing from China to the United States, Korea to South Africa, the fighters include such big names as Thai boxing god Yodsanan Sityodtong, Brazilian jiu-jitsu champ Gregor Gracie and American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Phil Baroni.
The match has already been dubbed "the biggest event in Asian mixed martial arts history," with the 12,000-seater Singapore Indoor Stadium nearly sold out and the fight expected to be broadcast to 500 million viewers worldwide.
Stand a chance to win two tickets (worth S$42 each) to this event by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the contestant with cauliflower ears. The first three answers win.
Organizers are hoping that the ONE Fighting Championship will do for Asia what UFC did for America -- convert it into a region of mixed martial arts (MMA)-obsessives who might, maybe, churn out another Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan within the next few years.
If Saturday's fighters are the standard, such an ideal may not be so far off.
For tickets and more info on Saturday's fight, go to www.onefc.com.
ONE Fighting Championship
Singapore Indoor Stadium
September 3 , 7 p.m.
Tickets at S$20 to S$100 via SISTIC