The ONE Fighting Championship’s inaugural event was held on 3rd September at the Singapore Indoor Stadium to a sell out crowd as mixed martial artist champions from all over the world were down to display their skills.
With big names like MMA legends, Japanese fighter Yoshiyuki Yoshida and the self styled ‘New York Badass’ Phil Baroni, meeting in a match which has been five years in the making, it was definitely a night to remember.
But the biggest cheer of the night went to our very own local hero Radeem Rahman who is Singapore’s first ever professional mixed martial artist and it was a baptism of fire as he made his debut in the biggest MMA event in Asian history.
“I feel really proud, I can’t really describe the feeling of fighting in Singapore in front of so many people. I just wanted to show off the skills which Evolve MMA has taught me, the world champion instructors there have helped me a lot and tonight I repaid them back. I was nervous but I just wanted to show what I was capable of and as soon as I got in the cage I started to attack,” he said after his fight.
Final Results (winners names in caps):
1. LEANDRO ISSA vs Soo Chul Kim
2. Daniel Mashamaite vs YODSANAN SITYODTONG
3. Ma Xing Yu vs VUYISILE COLOSSA
4. Susovan Ghosh vs RADEEM RAHMAN
5. Yuan Chun Bo vs EDDIE NG
1. Andy Wang vs ZOROBABEL MOREIRA
2. Seok Mo Kim vs GREGOR GRACIE
3. ERIC KELLY vs Mitch Chilson
4. YOSHIYUKI YOSHIDA vs Phil Baroni
5. EDUARD FOLAYANG vs A Sol Kwon
ONE Fighting Championship CEO / Owner Victor Cui was so impressed at the end of the night that he decided to hand out three substantial bonuses. Eduard Folayang got USD$5000 for his performance, Eric Kelly was awarded USD$5000 for submission of the night and Radeem Rahman was awarded USD$5000 for knockout of the night.
And of course for fans who enjoyed themselves and want more, do keep a look out as Mr Cui vowed that this would be the first of many successful ONE Fighting Championship cards as he thanked everyone involved after the fight.
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