Last December’s “Dynasty of Champions” card was the first one in mainland China by the promotion first established as “One Fighting Championship“. It became the twenty-fourth and last event promoted under that banner.
The 4-year old Singapore-based promotion founded by Victor Cui is now ONE Championship, officially using that name as of February 2015. That same month, ONE’s 25th card, “Odyssey of Champions”, was set for Jakarta, Indonesia, with the only announced bout being a bantamweight match between Fransino Tirto and Jens Pulver in the main event. The overall event was cancelled.
As a result of the cancellation of “Odyssey of Champions”, so far, in 2015, ONE Championship has held two cards and two championship bouts since undergoing the name change: “Age of Champions” and “Valor of Champions”.
At ONE 25’s “Age of Champions”, flyweight title holder Adriano Moraes attempted his first title defense against Asuka Mikami (“Riku Shibuya”) in the main event. Moraes won the vacant title at One FC20 when he beat Geje Eustaquio. Continue reading Just “ONE” Championship
Elias Theodorou to Sam Alvey “He’s looking for my hair but I’m coming for his teeth.”
Elias came on Submission Radio to discuss his thoughts on Sam Alvey among other things.
For Elias the fight between him and Sam Alvey is less about Hair vs. Hair and more like Hair vs. Teeth “He’s looking for my hair but I’m coming for his teeth.” “I’m going for what I want. Teeth.”
Discussing his advantage over Sam, Elias expressed there is no blueprint to beat him unlike Sam Alvey “Well again, the first and foremost, mindset. He’s going to be confident that he’s going to beat me. Of course he would. In order to step in the cage you’d have to have some confidence and do your homework, because you feel confident, because you did the homework to get in there and ace the test. And so will I. And I’ll have the momentum of the idea that I’ve never lost, but there are five perfectly good blueprints to beat him. He’s heavy handed and I think a lot of his opponents didn’t show, basically their cage intelligence and just veering away from their game plan. I would just go in there, pick him up and slam him and rinse and repeat and just put on a pace that he can’t handle. He’s been successful in the last three fights in the first round. Honestly, kudos to him. I’m not taking anything away from that, but there are honestly five blueprints to beat him but there’s none to beat me.”
Elias’ prediction for this one is a win which ever way it comes “I win the way I want to. I’m great at kind of just going with the flow. I like to encompass Bruce Lee’s “like water” and I win the way it’s supposed to win. I’m gonna win because that’s what I do.”
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John Makdessi on Donald Cerrone “I’m connecting with shots and I’m hurting him, he’s going to try and take me down.” “I truly believe that he’s going to try and take me down, just like every other fighter. I turn strikers into wrestlers.”
John Makdessi came on Submission Radio to discuss his big UFC 187 fight with Donald Cerrone next weekend.
When it comes to his advantage over Cerrone, Makdessi believes Cerrone wont want to stand with him “I’m connecting with shots and I’m hurting him, he’s going to try and take me down. You know what I mean? I truly believe that he’s going to try and take me down, just like every other fighter. I turn strikers into wrestlers.”
John admits UFC 187 is a dream come true “Oh man, I mean this is like a dream come true. I feel like I’m dreaming to be honest with you. I’ve been dreaming about this all my life to be on a big card, to be a part of a big event. This is what I’ve been working all my life for. So I mean I’m excited, I’m staying calm and focus on the task at hand.”
Makdessi also went into the Fear the Fighter fiasco he has been tied to even though he claims to have no real connection to fighters not getting paid “Yes. To be honest with you, that’s the other….that’s something that you know of course it’s very annoying for me, because most people are not educated. They just go off twitter. Just because I’m the inspiration behind Fear the Fighter, I’m a inspiration. I never benefited from the company. I was never involved in the business, and I was a sponsored athlete just like everybody else. I never got paid my fight fee.”
Full interview: http://bit.ly/1FsbAeG (Start’s at 52:30) Continue reading John Makdessi on Donald Cerrone