On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldmanspeaks with Chatri Sityodtong, the founder and CEO of the top martial arts trainingorganization in Asia, Evolve MMA (http://evolve-mma.com).
Evolve MMA will have five fighters competing at the ONE FC: War of the Lionsmixed martial arts card on Saturday, March 31, at the Singapore Indoor Stadiumin Singapore.
The main event will be a lightweight fight between Evolve MMA fighter and BJJchampion Zorobabel "Zoro" Moreira of Brazil against Felipe Enomoto ofJapan, who is coming off a second-round stoppage of Ole Laursen at ONE FC 2last month. Evolve MMA fighter Fabricio “Pitbull” Monteiro of Brazil, comingoff a two-year layoff, will have a tough assignment when he faces DEEP championYuya Shirai of Japan in a welterweight bout. Evolve MMA fighter Nicole Chuafrom Singapore will be fighting in the first-ever ONE FC women's fight againstJeet Toshi, a kickboxing champion from India, at a catchweight of 44 kg. EvolveMMA fighter Eddie Ng, originally from Hong Kong and the U.K. but now based inSingapore, will face Malaysian Muay Thai champion Jian Kai Chee in alightweight bout. And Evolve MMA fighter Yodsanan Sityodtong of Thailand, theformer WBA super featherweight world champion, will try to demonstrate histransition from boxing to MMA in a bantamweight fight against Art of Warveteran Jiang Long Yun of China.
This stacked card will also feature major fights involving Ole Laursen ofLegacy Gym against URCC welterweight champion Eduard Folayang, both from thePhilippines, in a highly-anticipated battle; DEEP light heavyweight championYoshiyuki Nakanishi of Japan against Melvin Manhoef of Mike's Gym in theNetherlands, who always provides action; Dream star and DEEP champion MasakazuImanari of Japan against URCC flyweight champion Kevin Belingon of thePhilippines; Dream star Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri of Japan againstAmerican Donald Sanchez, who just regained the King of the Cage bantamweightchampionship; Quek Kim Hock against Juan Wen Jie, both from Singapore, in alightweight fight; and American Richie Whitson of Team Quest against Danny van Bergenof Mike's Gym in the Netherlands.
We spoke with Chatri Sityodtong by Skype on Tuesday Singapore time (Monday NewYork time) to preview this important card.
"The whole ONE FC network has unified Asia in a way that's never been seenbefore, so that you truly can have the best fight the best in eachcountry," he said during this interview.
We discussed both the prospects for the Evolve MMA fighters and their opponents,as well as the other fights on this card, and much more.
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