ONE FC 12 adds three more bouts with international proponents

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ONE Fighting Championship has announced three additional fights to round out the twelfth event on November 15, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event will be headlined by Adam Kayoom versus Nobutatsu Suzuki for the Welterweight Championship. Hometown favorite Peter Davis looks to rebound against debuting Alaa Mazloum, Muay Thai standout Saiful Merican takes on Tok Sophon, and Brayan Rafiq returns to the cage to face Leandro Ataides.

Peter Davis is heralded in Malaysian MMA circles as one of the first Malaysians to actively compete and win in the sport. In ONE FC, he extended a winning streak to five before meeting two tough opponents, Ariel Sexton and Eddie Ng, both of whom bested Davis quickly in the first round. He looks to get back in the win column on home turf rapidly – his last fight being only one month prior. Alaa Mazloum will be standing across the cage and hoping to stop that from happening. Mazloum is a rare breed of Egyptian MMA fighter with a short record and mystery surrounding him. It will be a stiff entrance to the ONE FC cage when he goes toe to toe with Davis.

Saiful Merican is an extremely skilled Muay Thai fighter from Malaysia with a name that already resounds in that circle. His first MMA fight he wound up on the receiving end of a soccer kick by Gianni Subba, another hot Malaysian prospect, but came back with aggressive fury in an exciting match with Aditya Deshpande, a surprise fight of the night on MIMMA’s main event. It’s likely he won’t have to exhibit more in the way of grappling against his new Cambodian opponent, Tok Sophon, a Khmer boxer unknown to the world of MMA outside of his country.

Brayan Rafiq returns to MMA after a three year break. He ran up a commendable record in Jungle Fight, MARS and Pancrase then ended the run with successes in North and Central America. Rafiq has notable wins over Bae MyoungHo and Hikaru Sato. Anyone less than top shelf can expect to have their head on a chopping block as Rafiq’s signature is the guillotine. However, he will be facing 5-time Brazilian national jiujitsu champion Leandro Ataides. Ataides relocated to Asia earlier in the year to coach BJJ and now embarks upon his MMA career as well. He beat Checkmat hotrod Ricardo Silva by TKO, but it is any kind of limb take that Rafiq should be ready for.

ONE FC 12
November 15, 2013
Putra Indoor Stadium
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#8 Welterweight Championship
Adam Shahir Kayoom (4-1) vs Nobutatsu Suzuki (10-1-2)

#7
Melvin ‘Overkill’ Yeoh (7-1) vs A.J. ‘Pyro’ Lias Mansor (1-3)

#6
Gianni Subba (2-0) vs Yun Ting Chenn (1-0)

#5
Nik ‘The Bloodhound’ Harris (4-2) vs Zuli ‘The Shark’ Silawanto (6-6)

#4
Samir Mrabet (2-0) vs Steven Durr (1-1)

#3
Peter Davis (6-3) vs Alaa ‘The Flash’ Mazloum (1-0)

#2
Saiful ‘The Vampire’ Merican (1-1) vs Tok Sophon (1-0)

#1
Bryan Rafiq (8-2) vs Leandro Ataides (5-0)

Press release:

PETER DAVIS RETURNS AT ONE FC: WARRIOR SPIRIT AGAINST ALAA MAZLOUM FROM EGYPT

PLUS: MALAYSIA’S SAIFUL MERICAN FACES CAMBODIAN KHMER BOXING CHAMPION TOK SOPHON

ALSO: EXCITING MIDDLEWEIGHTS MAKE THEIR ONE FC DEBUT WHEN BRAYAN RAFIQ CLASHES WITH
LEANDRO ATAIDES

01 November 2013 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, presented by Tune Talk, has added three fights to the blockbuster Malaysia card set to take place on 15 November at the iconic Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian favorites Peter Davis and Saiful Merican have been added to the card, going up against Alaa Mazloum from Egypt and Cambodia’s Tok Sophon respectively. Two of the top Middleweight prospects are also set to make their ONE FC debuts when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Leandro Ataides squares off against France’s Brayan Rafiq.

Tickets for ONE FC: WARRIOR SPIRIT, presented by Tune Talk, are on sale now at www.AirAsiaRedTix.com. Tickets are priced at RM348 for the complete VIP experience that includes exclusive red carpet entrance, access to the VIP lounge and premium cage-side seating. The categories that follow are priced at RM248, RM148, RM98 and RM48 respectively. Booking fees and service charges apply.

Fans around Asia can catch all the action live on STAR Sports. Check your local listings. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. Main card fights will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC: WARRIOR SPIRIT promises to be a night of adrenaline-pumping action that will have the Malaysian fans on the edge of their seats as ONE FC continues a multi-city tour across Asia. Malaysian stars Peter Davis and Saiful Merican make their return to the ONE FC cage in front of a partisan Malaysian crowd. Both of them are hugely popular for their fighting style and their bouts could potentially be battling for Fight of the Night honors.”

Peter Davis is a Wuji Chuan exponent and the face of mixed martial arts in Malaysia. Along with being the top Lightweight in Malaysia, he is also a prominent celebrity with a long list of modeling and acting roles to his name. Davis consistently finishes his opponents in impressive fashion and he will be looking to use his lanky frame and significant reach advantage to propel him to victory against Egypt’s Mazloum.

Alaa Mazloum is a Wushu expert training out of Egypt’s premier mixed martial arts gym, Egyptian Top Team. Never afraid to back down from a brawl, Mazloum will be looking to stand and trade and will love nothing more than to silence the Malaysian crowd and become the first Egyptian to win inside the famed ONE FC cage.

Saiful Merican is one of the top Muay Thai practitioners in Malaysia. He has more than 100 professional Muay Thai fights and possesses ferocious kicks that have knocked out many opponents. Nicknamed “The Vampire” by fans for his fast and aggressive style, he’ll look to notch up another victory when he takes on Cambodia’s Tok Sophon.

Tok Sophon is set to be the third Cambodian to appear in the ONE FC cage. He will be looking to officially record Cambodia’s first victory in Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization, after compatriots Long Sophy lost his debut and Khim Dima had his bout changed to a no-contest due to illegal strikes. Sophon is a Khmer boxing veteran and it will be an interesting clash of styles when he meets Merican, a Muay Thai specialist.

Leandro Ataides is a 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion who is currently undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career. Originally hailing from Rio De Janeiro, he now fights out of Evolve MMA in Singapore. He will definitely look to impose his grappling skills as he makes his ONE FC Middleweight debut against intimidating Frenchman Brayan Rafiq.

Brayan Rafiq is a top French Middleweight who will be competing in ONE FC for the first time. His mixed martial arts career has brought him to Costa Rica, Canada, Japan and Brazil thus far, with Malaysia soon to be added to his resume. The veteran is returning to action after a hiatus of nearly three years. Rafiq has won six of his bouts via submission, and will be comfortable should his opponent decide to take him to the ground.

The main event of the evening will crown the inaugural ONE FC Welterweight World Champion. The bout features a battle between the top mixed martial artist to ever come out of Malaysia, Adam Shahir Kayoom, against Japanese slugger Nobutatsu Suzuki.

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