5 Pinoys see action in Valor of Champions

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

EIGHT bouts are set to thrill fight fans when Asia's largest mixed martial arts organization One Championship returns to Manila on April 24 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The event dubbed "Valor of Champions", featuring the welterweight championship match between reigning 170 lbs king Ben Askren and challenger Luis Santos, will also include the flyweight match between former title contender Geje Eustaquio of Team Lakay and Thai fighter Anatpong Bunrad.

The card will also see the debut of Mark Streigl of Baguio City taking on Caise Suire of the United States while three featherweight match ups were added including a bout between two of the most touted prospects in the division, Thailand's Shannon Wiratchai and Singapore's Amir Khan.


An all-Filipino clash is also set to take place at the event when the undefeated Jimmy Yabo takes on another Baguio boy Edward Kelly. China's Wang Ya Wei is also set to return to One Championship cage against Indonesia's Sunoto.

Kelly who is the younger brother of ONE Championship standout Eric, will try to arrest a two fight skid and put his career back on track as he seeks an impressive victory over Jimmy Yabo in his home country who is an undefeated in four bouts boasting the best knockout percentage in the division.

Eugene Toquero will be the fifth Filipino who will see action inside the cage as he faces Brianata Rosadhi of Indonesia.

"Valor of Champions is set to be the biggest night of mixed martial arts action in the Philippines! The main event will feature two of the top welterweights in the world battling for supremacy when the best wrestler in mixed martial arts, Ben Askren, takes on 61-win veteran Luis Santos," said One Championship CEO Victor Cui.

Khan (2-1) will be fighting for One Championship for the third time and the 20 year old is coming off back-to-back first-round stoppage wins while Wiratchai (3-1-0-1) didn't fight at all in 2014 but was last seen knocking out Mitch Chilson with a brutal soccer kick.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 30, 2015.


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