From Mongolia to Melbourne, Malaysia and Myanmar, all the way over to Pakistan and Japan, this week’s Friday Fight Facts covers an incredible amount of MMA happening all over the world.
HEX Fight 17
HEX Fight 17 co-promotes with Kunlun Asia-Pacific to kick off this weekend of MMA on Friday the 26th of October. In the main event, former welterweight champion Kitt Campbell starts his climb back since losing to Matt Vaile at Hex 13 against Golden Gloves boxing champ Joel Kendrick. Asian components traveling to the southern hemisphere include Korean Top Team’s Bang Jae-Hyuk versus Raymart Quintana, and Malaysia’s journeyman Jian Kai Chee will face Aidan Aguilera. There will be a PPV on Epicentre.tv at 19:00 local time.
Wu Lin Feng WARS 28
Also on Friday, a massive MMA card is going to be held by Wu Lin Feng in Zhengzhou, China featuring 18 matches. The most notable fighters on the event are regulars on the Chinese MMA scene: Habiti, Lv Zhenhong, Ma Haobin, and Tenglige. Some hot prospects to watch are strawweight grappling ace Sanlang Gexi against ZST product Yusuke Uehara, and 20-year old female atomweight Liu Xiaoni of Xi’an Uni versus striker Ana Maria Pal of Romania. WLF broadcasts live, and ASIA MMA will update available links on social media.
SHOOTO will hold an event in Korakuen Hall, Tokyo with a fast-paced 10-fight card of all 2 rounders. Shootists on this card include Hideto Okada versus Koji Onigami, Derricot Yamamoto, and Takanori Takahashi, but the focus will be on guys with hugely lopsided records – such as Hiroshi Roppongi and Yoshinori Suzuki – facing rookies. SHOOTO starts at 18:00 Tokyo time, however no live stream is currently listed.
ONE Championship: Pursuit of Greatness
ONE Championship stacks another onto Friday, with a main event title defense by middleweight champ Aung La Nsang in his birth country of Myanmar against promotional newcomer Mohammad Karaki, a two-divisional champ in Desert Force. Myanmar standout Phoe Thaw is now 6-0 and he’ll face Malaysian prospect Keanu Subba. Leglock master Imanari makes a sudden appearance and will take on Singapore’s bright prospect Radeem Rahman in the toughest fight of his young career. Also a battle to watch will be former Pancrase champ and UFC veteran Daichi Abe’s ONE debut against a very destructive – and large – Sapo Santos. ONE Championship: Pursuit of Greatness can be watched live and free on the ONE app starting at 18:00 local time.
DEEP 86 Impact
DEEP 86 Impact has no fewer than three title matches on this Saturday event. Lightweight champ Satoru Kitaoka will take on Kazuyuki Miyata’s undefeated prospect Koji Takeda. Perennial king of flyweight Yuki Motoya will face the DEEP warhorse Makoto Kamaya for the bantamweight belt which was returned by Takafumi Otsuka. Takahiro Ashida will defend the featherweight title against Satoshi Yamasu. Also on the card, Seigo Mizuguchi and Ryo Sakai will fight for the right to challenge Megaton king Roque Martinez, Rambo Kosuke takes on Yasutaka Ishigami, and superstriker Juri Ohara faces Okamura Yukinori. DEEP 86 Impact will start at 15:00 Tokyo time, and should there be a YouTube stream as promised, ASIA MMA will update on social media.
Ultimate Beatdown 31
Slightly off the beaten path, Malaysia’s Ultimate Beatdown is back for its fifth card of the year. The event will be a mix of amateurs and pros. Look out for a live stream on YouTube.
One Pride FN 23
Indonesia’s One Pride will start to wrap up the 23rd series this Saturday night with ranking fights in the atomweight, flyweight and welterweight divisions. Catch the event at 22:00 Jakarta time streamed live on the TVOne app.
Mongolia’s MGL-1 12 will take place on Saturday with a title match and a four-man 52kg tournament, eight fights in total. The lightweight championship which was vacated by Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu when he went into the ROAD FC $1 Mil tournament, will be contested for by Team Tunga Shanda’s MMA fighter Enkh-Orgil Baatarkhuu and Shiren Beelii’s Tsogookhuu Amarsanaa. As of now, there is no live stream planned.
BRAVE CF 17
Bahrain’s MMA promotion BRAVE Combat Federation is launching its first-ever event in Pakistan with BRAVE CF 17. Locally trained Pakistani fighters will have the chance to test themselves against international opponents. Filipino fighters have been signed with an increasing frequency by the promotion, and on this card several will be fighting: Jeremy Pacatiw, Arben Escayo, and Ariel Oliveros. Alex Niu’s Dragon Gym prospect Yibugele will also be on the card. The main event will be top-ranked Brazilian Rodrigo Cavalheiro versus undefeated Abdoul Abdouraguimov. BRAVE CF will have a PPV on Cleeng here, starting at 18:00 Lahore time.
Relatively new Japanese promotion WARDOG will hold an event on Sunday in Osaka and the seats are already sold out. Bantamweight champ Tsubasa Kamino will defend his strap against “Nao” and there will be the semifinals matches to determine the next flyweight contenders. No stream is announced at this time.