Honorio “The Rock” Banario will defend the One FC Featherweight World Championship Title Against Koji Oishi!
Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes will fight with Koetsu Okazaki for the One FC Bantamweight Interim Title.
Last April 10, 2013 I was invited to attend the One FC Press Conference in Midas Hotel to feature “Rise To Power.” One Fighting Championship, in association with Universal Reality Combat (URCC), One FC have returned to the fight capital of Asia, Philippines. It will be on Friday, May 31.
The highly anticipated fighter will be there, the first title defense of our hometown hero, the One FC Featherweight World Champion, Mr. Honorio “The Rock” Banario. In fact, that press conference was the first big time press conference of Mr. Banario. I was so lucky to have a picture with him. Mr. Banario will fight with the Japanese submission specialist, Koji Oishi.
The pound-for-pound king Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes will also return to the famed One FC cage, and fights with the Japanese Mixed Martial Arts Champion Koetsu Okazaki for the title One FC Bantamweight Interim. And again, I didn’t missed the opportunity to have a picture with Mr. Fernandes. Hah!
The CEO of ONE FC, Mr Victor Cui stated: “One FC will be back in the fight capital of Asia on May 31 with a stacked fight card that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping for the passionate Filipino fight fans. This event could possibly be the largest in One FC’s history and features the top names in MMA, headlined by One FC Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario. Of course, having one of the greatest fighters on earth fighting on this card in Manila is sure to be a special night for MMA. Bibiano Fernandes always brings his best when he steps into the cage. Close to 20,000 fans will pack out the SM Mall of Asia Arena to witness the greatest sporting spectacle in the world.”
Question and Answer Portion of the Press Conference:
Will there be female fighters, a question for the CEO of One FC, Mr. Victor Cui. According to Mr. Cui, yes there will be female fighters soon. They have been talking about it for a while.
So what’s the secret of the First Filipino Champion? “Kailangan disiplinaryo ka.” (You must be disciplined.) f”The Rock” answered.
“The Rock” also gave some advice to aspiring to be part of Team Lacay. “Focus. Ang importante ay disiplina.” (What’s important is discipline.)
The tickets for the One FC: Rise To Power will be available in all Casino Filipino branches in the Philippines starting April 19, 2013. For the fans around the world, the can witness the action online on live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The first two undercard fights are available for free while the main fight is paid for online 9.99 USD.
** Photos to follow.