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ONE FC: Pride of a Nation Adds Eduard Folayang vs. Felipe Enomoto To Event

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Press Release – Singapore (August 2, 2012) – ONE Fighting ChampionshipTM (ONE FC) has announced that Filipino Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sensation Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will battle Japan’s Felipe Enomoto at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation. Three other local Filipino MMA heroes will also be representing the Philippines when ONE FC hosts the largest MMA event in Filipino history on 31 August at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.

Reigning URCC Flyweight Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is set to take on top Korean prospect Soo Chul Kim, while two more Filipino warriors, Honorio Banario and Andrew Benibe, have agreed to face each other in a battle for featherweight supremacy.

CEO of ONE Fighting ChampionshipTM Victor Cui stated, “I’m excited to see these four incredibly talented and highly skilled Filipino champions compete at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation. Each of them have already made a name for themselves in their home country and will now have a chance to showcase the Filipino warrior spirit on the largest stage in Asian MMA. Filipino fans are in for a treat come 31 August, when their local champions enter the cage for a display of skill that will pit their indomitable spirit against some of the best MMA fighters the world has to offer.”

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Eduard “Landslide” Folayang is a national hero in the Philippines, where people love him for his fearless attitude and never-say-die approach to fighting. A SEA Games medalist in Wushu, Folayang enters the ONE FC cage with an incredible MMA record of eleven victories and only two defeats. After a hard-fought loss in Singapore, the pride of the Philippines is looking to get back to his winning ways against the very durable and well-rounded Felipe Enomoto. Enomoto shocked the Filipino MMA community with a surprise upset over the crowd favorite Ole Laursen at ONE FC: Battle of Heroes in Jakarta. He will look to do the same again when he faces the Philippines’ favorite son, Eduard Folayang, at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation on 31 August.

“Enomoto is a tough fighter with all-round skills which makes him a dangerous opponent,” said ONE FC Lightweight Eduard Folayang. “I’ve been training three times a day for this fight with my team in Baguio. Each time I enter the cage, I fight for my country and my family. Manila can expect the best from me when I enter the cage on 31 August, I will not let my country down.”

Top Filipino fighter Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is no stranger to fighting on home soil. He is the current URCC Flyweight Champion and has fought six of his 10 professional fights in the Philippines. The Wushu expert, who is known to wear down his opponent with technical strikes and acrobatic kicks, will step up to the challenge again when he takes on one of Korea’s top bantamweights, Soo Chul Kim.

“I’ve never been more ready for a fight in my life. Kim is a tough opponent for me, but there is no way I’m losing on my home soil,” said Kevin Belingon.

Two of the Philippines’ rising MMA stars are also set to compete in what is expected to be an exciting battle that will set the tone for the evening. Andrew Benibe will take on Honorio “The Rock” Banario in the opening battle of the night. Benibe is on a three-fight win streak and is determined to add “The Rock” to his list of fallen opponents. Banario is a tough slugger who trains with other Filipino champions in Team Lakay. He has a solid record of 6-1 and will look to notch another win come 31 August at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation.

Tickets for ONE FC: Pride of a Nation are on sale now through TicketNet at www.ticketnet.com.ph or at all TicketNet outlets located at the SM department store customer service area and at the Smart Araneta Coliseum ticket booth. For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 911 5555.

For more updates, log on to www.ONEFC.com.

About ONE Fighting Championship™

Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Fighting Championship™ (http://www.onefc.com) is Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization. ONE Fighting Championship™ hosts the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Fighting Championship™ has partnered with ESPN STAR Sports, the number one leader in sports content, for an unprecedented 10-year cable television deal with a coverage that spans across 28 countries in Asia.

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UFC on FOX 4 – Main Event Pre-Fight Interviews

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The men of this weekend’s main and co-main events evaluate their game plans, their opponents and the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Travis Browne Happy to Trade FOX Exposure for UFC on FX 5 Main Event Role

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Travis Browne is an undefeated heavyweight with 11 finishes among his 13 career wins. He’s also mammoth, at 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds. Given his success and size, it would seem Browne would be a lock to be one of the most talked-about fighters on the UFC roster, yet he sometimes seems to remain in the shadows of other big men.

At UFC 145, he earned a submission win, only to see Ben Rothwell upstage him with a 61-second knockout of Brendan Schaub. At UFC 135, he outlasted the durable Rob Broughton, but Mark Hunt earned the spotlight by continuing his career resurgence. And at UFC 130, he flattened prospect Stefan Struve, a result that was at least slightly overshadowed by the high-profile beating Frank Mir laid on Roy Nelson.

August 4′s UFC on FOX 4 was supposed to be Browne’s turn, matched against Rothwell in the key heavyweight fight of the night, on network TV. Browne was set to have his showcase in front of an audience of millions. Unfortunately for him, Rothwell injured his ankle and was removed from the fight. Instead, he’s been relocated to the October UFC on FX 5 main event with Antonio Silva, and despite the lost opportunity, Browne sees the change as a net positive.

“It’s kind of bittersweet because as an athlete, I want to get in there and perform and I don’t get the chance to this weekend,” Browne said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “But I believe I have a bigger opportunity in headlining an event. Even though being on FOX is a huge, huge deal and the exposure is amazing, you cant go wrong with headlining an event. It doesn’t matter if it’s Fight Night, an FX card, a FUEL card, a pay-per-view or FOX. It doesn’t matter. If you get to headline an event, I believe that’s better than being on any main card there is. I’m happy with the opportunity and with my opponent. Bigfoot always brings it, he comes ready, and I think it will be a good one for the fans.”

The matchup between Browne and Silva might seem counterintuitive to some, since Browne (13-0, 1 no contest) is undefeated while Silva (16-4) has lost two straight, both by finish.

But Browne has no issues with the pairing, noting that not only has Silva defeated the great Fedor Emelianenko in the past, but also that his consecutive defeats came to two highly regarded heavyweights: former UFC champ Cain Velasquez, and Strikeforce Grand Prix champ Daniel Cormier.

Based upon his own performance against Silva, he believes that observers will be able to compare him with those top names like Velasquez and Cormier.

“I think that’s going to be what to talk about,” he said. “Is it going to be, ‘Oh, Trav just barely beat Antonio,’ or is it going to be, ‘Man, Trav just decimated Bigfoot?’” Now, how can we not talk about him and Cain and Daniel Cormier all in the same conversation, because they all fought the same guy and they all beat him pretty bad? So I think it’s about how I beat him will [determine] what people are going to talk about.”

That’s not to say Browne’s current excitement was there the moment he got the word Rothwell was out of their FOX bout. He acknowledges that information came as a disappointment, especially because his training camp was in its late stages. He said that afterward, he indulged in junk food, including ice cream and beer for one night, then took a week off to “reset” his body, and now will prepare to start fight camp all over again.

The prospect of back-to-back camps with no payoff for the first sounds brutal, but Browne says it’s all part of the process of working towards the top.

“I’ve said it before that fame money and women will all come and go in your life, so I’m not worried about the money,” he said. “For me it’s about getting out there and enjoying my job, and getting to that climax of your camp. You’ve been getting your butt kicked daily and you don’t get to show it off, with your hand being raised with thousands of people jumping around and screaming and hollering, the building shaking under your feet. That’s the part I miss, the part I’m frustrated I don’t get to feel this Saturday night. But at the same time, don’t feel bad for me because I spent the last eight weeks getting better, getting stronger, getting faster, building up my skill, and I’m a better fighter for it, and that’s something that Bigfoot will see come Oct 5.”

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Invicta FC 2 Results: Sara McMann Outpoints Shayna Baszler in Main Event

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Sara McMann kept her perfect record intact after an intense three-round battle with Shayna Baszler at Invicta FC 2, but it didn’t come easy. The judges awarded the former Olympic silver medalist wrestler a unanimous decision victory (29-28, 30-27, 29-28), but Baszler made her earn it after staggering McMann with a hook in the final seconds and stinging her with sharp counter-punching throughout the fight.

“That was by far the toughest and most skilled fighter I have ever fought,” McMann said after the judges handed her the win. For anyone who saw Baszler nearly drop her in the waning moments of the bout, it wasn’t hard to believe.

Baszler appeared to be the more effective striker early on in the bout. While McMann leapt in with powerful flurries, Baszler was content to wait in the center of the cage and fire back with straight shots. It wasn’t until the second frame that McMann put her superior wrestling to work, though after putting Baszler on her back midway through the round she was nearly caught in a kneebar before rolling to escape and ending up stuck on bottom after a brief scramble.

McMann seemed to be firmly in control in the third and final round after taking Baszler down several times and out-muscling her in the clinch. But after a restart by referee John McCarthy in the final minute, Baszler connected with a short hook that had McMann on wobbly legs in the closing seconds. McMann staggered forward looking for a clinch as Baszler turned up the pressure, but McMann made it to the bell and claimed the victory on the scorecards after a thrilling display.

“I felt like I did enough to win, but I’m not sour and I’m not taking anything away from Sara McMann,” Baszler said. “…That’s what happens when you leave it to the judges.”

The win improved McMann’s record to a flawless 6-0, while Baszler dropped to 14-7 after a performance that earned both fighters ‘Fight of the Night’ honors, according to Invicta president Shannon Knapp. Two ‘Submission of the Night’ bonuses went to Alexis Davis, who locked up a rear-naked choke in the second round of her bout with Hitomi Akano, and Sarah D’Alelio, who put Vanessa Porto away with a first-round armbar.

Full results from Saturday night’s Invicta FC 2 event are below:

Sara McMann def. Shayna Baszler via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Alexis Davis def. Hitomi Akano via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:41 of round two
Liz Carmouche def. Kaitlin Young via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:34 of round two
Ayaka Hamasaki def. Lacey Schuckman via submission (armbar) at 4:45 of round three
Amanda Nunes def. Raquel Pa’Aluhi via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:24 of round one
Sarah D’Alelio def. Vanessa Porto via submission (armbar) at 3:16 of round one
Barb Honchak def. Bethany Marshall via TKO (punches) at 1:22 of round two
Julia Budd def. Elina Nilsson via TKO (elbows) at 3:49 of round one
Carla Esparza def. Sarah Schneider via TKO (punches) at 4:28 of round two
Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc def. Angelica Chavez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Raquel Pennington def. Sarah Moras via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Jessamyn Duke def. Suzie Montero via TKO (elbows) at 2:32 of round three
Jocelyn Lybarger def. Cheryl Chan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Liz McCarthy def. Jessica Philippus via TKO (doctor stoppage) at the end of round one

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Invicta FC 2 Weigh-in Results: Shayna Baszler, Sara McMann Hit Marks for 135-Pound Main Event

Shayna Baszler and Sara McMann made weight Friday ahead of their Invicta FC 2 headliner.
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‘Genesis of Invicta FC ‘ Highlight Video From Promotions First Event

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In anticipation of the all-female mixed martial arts promotions second event, this video shows some behind the scenes footage from Invicta Fighting Championship 1. This artistic piece put together via MMAFighting.com, shows off some of the best and worst moments from the inaugural event. Invicta FC heads back to Kansas City tonight with the official weigh-ins for Saturday’s Invicta FC 2 event. The footage was put together by E.Casey Leydon, with additional photography by Esther Lin, and the music was by Candles of Paradise.

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Bisping: ‘Stann and I are the real UFC 152 main event’

Sorry flyweight championship bout. According to co-main fighter Michael Bisping, Stann and himself are the true headliners of the night. “In my opinion, and I think in most people’s, this is the main event. This is the real main event. Two big hard hitting guys. No one cares about little flyweights, this is the real …

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Dana White Continues To Blast The Refs Following UFC 149 Event

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MMA H.E.A.T. brings you UFC President Dana White’s media scrum, which took place directly after the UFC 149 post-fight press conference. The first-ever UFC show in Calgary was by all accounts a disappointing show in terms of action, and Dana lets us know how he feels about the fights that took place. He also discusses the Middleweight landscape, when Cruz vs Barao might happen and what he thinks can be done about the reffing and judging in MMA.

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UFC 149 Main Event Breakdown: Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao

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Surprise, surprise, it’s another championship fight for Urijah Faber. This will be his 15th fight in the UFC and WEC, and in 10 of them, titles have been contested. This time, it’s of the interim variety, with Brazilian phenom Renan Barao standing across from him at UFC 149.

Faber hasn’t won with a belt on the line since 2008, when he last defended the WEC featherweight strap in a win over Jens Pulver. Since then, he’s lost four times — twice to Mike Brown, and once apiece to Jose Aldo and Dominick Cruz.

It’s the loss to Aldo that many are using to project his fate against Barao. The two Brazilians train together at Nova Uniao, and have some similarities in their styles. Barao has also acknowledged that Aldo has advised him in the leadup to the fight. It’s not as if he needs any built-in advantage, coming into the bout on the strength of a 29-fight unbeaten streak, believed to be the longest current stretch in MMA.

Barao (28-1, 1 no contest) enters the fight as around a 2-to-1 favorite, but if there is one knock against him, it’s that he hasn’t faced anyone as experienced and successful as Faber. To date, he’s fought five times under the Zuffa umbrella, and though he’s a perfect 5-0, his most decorated opponents have been Scott Jorgensen (who was 13-4 when he faced Barao), and Brad Pickett (who was 20-5).

In both instances, Barao performed well. Against Jorgensen, he went to a decision but swept all three rounds on the judges’ scorecards. Against Pickett, he dominated, knocking him down and then submitting him with a first-round rear naked choke. Faber, though, certainly brings his craftiest and most battle-tested opponent.

Most of Barao’s offense is jump-started by his jab. The basic boxing punch is one that is often overlooked in MMA, but it seems to be a staple of the new breed of Nova Uniao fighters as evidenced by Aldo’s frequent use of it as well. Barao throws the punch with snap and as the starting point for frequent combinations.

Again, this is another similarity between Barao and Aldo. The featherweight champ is known for crisp, power combinations. Barao isn’t as technically sound as Aldo, but he certainly commits to his flurries, often choosing to plant himself and engage in exchanges with his opponent. He trusts his hands and chin. This is a place where he could find trouble with Faber, who has experience in firefights. While Faber isn’t known for having one-punch knockout power, he has certainly rattled many opponents with his overhand right, and he’ll have the chance to land it against Barao’s aggression.

When asked about the similarities between Barao and Aldo, Faber first pointed out that they both like to kick. That’s certainly a true observation, and it’s something that paid dividends for Aldo against him. Aldo landed low kicks 27 times in the Faber fight, taking away some of Faber’s explosiveness late. It’s a formula that Barao will probably follow, based upon his own past game plans. Even in the fight with Pickett, which started and ended as a blur of action, Barao used leg strikes with impunity, making his attack unpredictable and varied.

The other important aspect of Barao’s game is his takedown defense. According to FightMetric, he’s stopped 93 percent of takedowns against him. Faber is a former collegiate wrestler, but he doesn’t often shoot anymore. Given Barao’s ability to stop the takedown, I wouldn’t expect to see the Brazilian on his back much. Still, don’t be surprised if Faber attempts occasional takedowns for two reasons. The first is simply to give Barao something else to think about, and the second is in hopes of wearing Barao down over the course of a potential five-round fight. Faber’s conditioning has always been excellent, and if he’s going to win this fight, his best chance will be in the later rounds.

One of the reasons a move down to 135 initially made sense for Faber (26-5) was that featherweights were getting bigger. Bantamweight seemed to be a more realistic weight class for Faber, who is listed at 5-foot-6. According to the UFC, that’s the same height as Barao. His listed reach — 69 inches — is just one inch less than Barao’s 70.

Yet when you watch them fight, Barao fights in a much longer style. While Barao’s jabs and kicks lengthen the ground he can cover and his striking distance, Faber seems to have fallen in love with his right hand. Sometimes, like in his most recent fight against Brian Bowles, it finds its mark and helps him finish. And other times, like against Cruz, he never quite finds what he’s looking for. Though now 33 years old, Faber still has enough speed to occasionally land from distance, but without using setup strikes, it becomes a tougher chore.

At this point of his career, Faber is mostly a finished product. He is quick, with some power, he’s excellent on the ground and he can fight all day long. He always comes in prepared and forces you to beat him. Brown, Aldo and Cruz have shown that if you fight him with composure and fend off his frequent charges, he can be defeated. While Barao is much more likely to stand in the center and trade with Faber than any of the aforementioned trio, he’s proven to have a durable chin, and his extended reach should mean that he hits Faber more than vice versa.

Given the aggression of both fighters, this matchup is almost a lock to be the night’s show-stealer. I’ve barely made mention of their ground games, where they are both dynamic finishers. If the fight goes to the ground, it won’t be boring in the least.

This fight is ultimately very closely contested. Barao’s length poses problems, and so does Faber’s speed. The wrestling will likely be a stalemate. The ground game is a battle between two submission assassins. So what’s the X-factor here? I’m betting it’s conditioning. Earlier this week, I taped an event video preview with my colleague Ariel Helwani, and in that, I picked Barao. But since then, I’ve had a chance to watch more tape, and conditioning is the one thing that worries me about Barao, who has shown a propensity to slow considerably as fights go on. This fight is five rounds, not three. If Faber can withstand Barao’s early violence, he’ll see a fighter that becomes more ordinary as rounds go on. It is certainly possible that Barao has addressed this issue, but in a five-round fight, it’s not an assumption I’d be willing to make. Faber’s experience and conditioning wins out as he takes the late rounds in a decision victory and moves on to yet another title match.

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UFC Targeting Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin for UFC on FUEL 6 Event

Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Patrick Coto (bottom) defends against Cung Le during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

UFC president Dana White wants Cung Le to fight in China, and what White wants, he usually gets. Within hours of winning at UFC 148, Le had already heard from White that he wanted him to compete at UFC on FUEL 6, and even though Le is still recovering from injury, that’s still the plan.

As long as Le properly heals up from his recent three-round win over Patrick Cote, he’ll be facing Rich Franklin at UFC on FUEL 6, White said in a Thursday press interview in Calgary.

According to him, Le has a bone bruise and is in a walking cast, but the promotion is keeping tabs on his recovery in hopes that he’ll take a major slot on the card, which will emanate from Macau, the Chinese gambling and entertainment destination.

“I’m very confident that Cung Le is going to be in China,” he said.

Le and Franklin were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 148, but Franklin was pulled from the fight and moved up to UFC 147 headlining status opposite Wanderlei Silva after Silva’s original opponent Vitor Belfort was injured.

Franklin (29-6, 1 no contest) went on to win by unanimous decision.

Meanwhile, Le’s victory over Cote was his first in the UFC after losing to Silva in his octagon debut in 2011.

The original pairing between veteran middleweights is apparently one that the UFC still has an interest in, and as long as Le can soon be cleared, he should have no issues making the November 10 date.

“If he fights in China, he will fight Rich Franklin,” White said.

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