ONE FC, the Singapore based MMA company that has been on the scene since the middle of last year, has released the lineup for the March 31st event called ”War of the Lions”. Despite the pulling out of Renato ‘Babaloo’ Sobral from a main event level fight with Melvin Manhoef, the card is packed with international talent and has the makings of a solid show. Look for the odds to break the sportsbooks in the coming days, as the event is less than a week away. Let’s take a look at the overall card:
ONE Fighting Championship ‘War of the Lions’
Singapore Indoor Stadium, March 31st, 2012
Complete Card (Subject To Change):
- Felipe Enomoto vs Zorobabel Moreira
– Tatsuya Kawajiri vs TBA
– Eduard Folayang vs Ole Laursen
– Yuya Shirai vs Fabricio Monteiro
– Melvin Manhoef vs Yoshiyuki Nakanishi
– Jian Kai Chee vs Eddie Ng
– Masakazu Imanari vs Kevin Belingon
– Jeet Toshi vs Nicole Chua
– Kim Hock vs Juan Wen Chie
– Kian Long Yun vs Yodsanan Sityodtong
– Danny Van Bergen vs Richie Whitson
Clearly, simply not having Bob Sapp on the card is an incredible improvement over their inaugural bout from last year. The ONE FC group appears to be learning from that type of mistake.
The card certainly has a local feel, as many of the fighters are based in asia and not much is known about them. The card does retain international appeal, with several solid fighters from the Japanese scene appearing.
Japanese veteran Yoshiyuki Nakanishi steps in to take on Manhoef. Despite his respectable 11-2 record, Nakanishi has never faced anyone like Manhoef, who is as fierce a striker as you will see in MMA. If Manhoef can keep it off the ground, where he is weakest, look for another one of his pateneted head removals.
Premier 155 lber Tatsuya Kawajiri is on the card as well, though with an opponent not named yet. The organization will hopefully look to bring in suitable competition, as seeing him beat up a local fighter will not serve the group’s purpose of developing talent.
They may have done this in a match already, as 9-0 Phillipino fighter Kevin Belingon faces the extremely experienced leg lock specialist in Masakazu Imanari. This should be a case of Imanari being too sophisticated for the newer fighter, but at 9-0 it is time the promotion test and find out about Belingon.
Overall, the production value of the show has been great, so it should be a fun event to watch all the way thru! Check back for lines on some of these fights as we get closer to fight day!