MMA fight night ONE Championship: 'Tigers of Asia’ will be aired exclusively live on Physique TV in the UAE this week.
The regions's first and only 24-hour television channel dedicated to fitness, lifestyle, combat and extreme sports will broadcast eight star name MMA fighters on October 9 at 4pm KSA.
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The six-card fight will be available with Arabic commentary for viewers across the Middle East and North Africa.
“Like the recently held ONE Championship bout, our viewers can expect another intense MMA event with the ‘Tigers of Asia’," Hamid Dizji, chief executive of Physique TV, said.
"We are proud to broadcast another action-packed ONE Championship event presented with an Arabic commentary from our expert MMA analysts Rio Altaie and Ali Mokdad.”
Chief executive of ONE Championship, Victor Cui, added, “We’ve prepared a memorable night of adrenaline-pumping thrills for fans here and all across the world headlined by an explosive world championship title fight!
"Witness all the action live as the best local and international MMA fighters compete inside the ONE Cage. Fans will not want to miss what goes down on 9 October!”
Fight Card – find out who is fighting on the night:
Middleweight World Championship: Igor Svirid vs Vitaly Bigdash
ONE Middleweight World Champion Igor “Lionheart” Svirid will headline the fight card in Kuala Lumpur as he defends his title against Vitaly Bigdash. 'Tigers of Asia' will also feature three Malaysia super fights as Ann Osman takes on Irina Mazepa, Ev Ting battles Honorio Banario and Peter Davis duels Adrian Pang.
Lightweight: Peter Davis vs. Adrian Pang
Peter Davis is currently on an incredible four-fight win streak which includes one submission and three straight TKO wins. His next test is certainly one that will push him to the limit as he takes on the veteran from Queensland, Australia, Adrian “The Hunter” Pang.
Featherweight: Ev Ting vs. Honorio Banario
Ev “E.T.” Ting’s most recent fight was against tough Russian foe Marat Gafurov, in one of the most valuable learning experiences for the 26-year old Auckland MMA fighter.
Ting is currently 3-1 inside the ONE Cage and will now look to get back in the winner’s circle in front of his hometown crowd with a victory over Filipino stalwart, Honorio Banario.
Flyweight: Ann Osman vs. Irina Mazepa
Malaysia’s fighting belle, Ann “Athena” Osman, is back and ready to rock Kuala Lumpur once again in her highly-anticipated return to the ONE Cage. She will get the chance to show off her new moves against Russian kickboxer, Irina Mazepa.
Featherweight: Eric Kelly vs. Hiroshige Tanaka
Top featherweight Eric “The Natural” Kelly of the Philippines will make his much awaited return to the ONE Cage after a year off from competition. Standing in Kelly’s way on his road back to the top is Hiroshige Tanaka.
Flyweight: Eugene Toquero vs. Riku Shibuya
Japanese MMA wildcard Riku Shibuya won the hearts of fans in his battle with ONE Flyweight World Champion, Adriano Moraes, just a few months ago.
Shibuya’s unorthodox style and powerful combinations were on full display, and now, fans in Kuala Lumpur will get to see Shibuya once again as he takes on the equally unpredictable Eugene Toquero of the Philippines.
Karl Amoussou scored possibly the most impressive victory of the night at Abu Dhabi Warriors, turning a losing situation against accomplished wrestler Abdulmajid Magomedov into a brilliant victory.
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Russian Magomedov started the fight well against the jiu-jitsu/judo specialist, smothering Amoussou with his slick grappling style and forcing the fight to the floor.
The Russian knew he was immediately in trouble, however, when Amoussou turned him onto his back from a defensive stance and Magomedov submitted instantly, giving the Frenchman his 20th career victory and 12th via submission.
“It’s my 20th win and 12th by submission, so that’s my strength I guess,” said Amoussou, who inflicted just a second ever defeat on his opponent.
“But I think I’m an accomplished all-round fighter. My striking is good and I have worked hard on my weaknesses. I would like to knock the next opponent out but I don’t know who it is going to be. I’m always going for the finish.”
Making his debut for the Abu Dhabi Warriors at the IPIC Arena last night, Amoussou was impressed by the organisation, as well as with his surroundings. He certainly enjoyed his first visit to the UAE although it might not be his last as he insists he’ll be back again.
“It was amazing being here,” said the 29-year-old. “I was really looking forward to coming here and I was very impressed by it and the stage.
“The organisation was great, we were treated very well and it was an honour to fight here. It was such a different culture for me and interesting for me to travel to different countries. I felt really at peace here. I loved it and I hope the crowd loved the fight too.”
Paul Buentello may be into his forties but the former UFC and Strikeforce fighter isn’t ready to ring the bell on his career just yet.
The big Texan won the main event at the third Abu Dhabi Warriors mixed martial arts tournament held in Abu Dhabi, defeating Cameroon’s Rameau Sokoudjou via a brutal knock-out in the third round.
The 41-year-old has enjoyed a sporadic but high-profile MMA career, winning the title of King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion in 2003.
He has fought for the UFC heavyweight championship on one previous occasion, losing to Andrei Arlovski in 2005, while he was also defeated by Alistair Overeem in his only heavyweight title shot with Strikeforce too.
Buentello gave up 10 years to his opponent and was visibly tired as the fight went on, although he is not quite ready to throw in the towel and encourages any aspiring, young MMA stars to follow his lead.
“Make my past your future,” Buentello said after his bout. “My past is wonderful, UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, Affliction, I’ve fought all over Russia. Make your future my past and you’ll have a wonderful trip in this game.
“I would tell other fighters to keep going. I’m 41 but I still have that warrior spirit. I just want to fight. I have no plans to give up yet, but one day…
“There’s always a bigger mountain but right now I’m having fun and this win is the icing on the cake.”
Buentello fought for free in Abu Dhabi, desperate to take a trip to see a country he’d heard so many good things about.
“It was a great experience,” said the American. “The whole programme was second to none. I’ve been in big promotions, big shows, in front of bigger, huge crowds, but this was one of the best out of country experiences I’ve ever had.
“To tell you the truth, when they called me for this fight I didn’t ask for money or an opponent, I just said yes, I wanted to go. I wanted to come here so bad and I got to perform in front of the Abu Dhabi fans and for this wonderful programme.
“I’ve never been here and heard so many great things about it, how the people are, how it’s really easy-going and that’s how it’s been.”
Buentello might have been fading during the fight but always felt he had the measure of his opponent.
“I was a little frustrated after the first round and then tired after the second,” he said. “My cornerman just told me ‘give me everything, you’ve got five minutes, show him you could continue fighting’ and that’s what I did.”