ONE FC Moment of Truth Weigh-ins: Ready for Battle
When In Manila, fighting is definitely in every Filipino’s DNA. This is exactly why boxing has become such a monumental sport in the country, and in recent times, Filipinos have come to show that they are willing to take in mixed martial arts (MMA) with open arms. ONE Fighting Championship took notice of this growth in national interest for the sport, and so this December, they are giving the growing Filipino MMA fanbase what they want in the form of ONE FC Moment of Truth, wherein the first ever Filipino to become a world MMA champion, Honorio Banario seeks to redeem himself and reclaim the belt that Koji Oishi took from him with a vicious KO the last time they met.
As with every fight night, ONE FC has scheduled a weigh-in event to inspect if the fighters have ‘made weight’, meaning they must be within the range that their weight class allows them to be (otherwise it would be an unfair handicap.) This December 5, 2013 at the Resorts World Manila, the official weigh-ins of ONE FC Moment of Truth was held. Here are some of the highlights of Moment of Truth’s weigh-ins:
5. The Ring Girls. Who wouldn’t want to stare at these gorgeous ladies? Those two girls are Maya (top-right) and Christine (bottom-right). They both look majestic! Heck, even Luis Manzano wanted a picture with these angelic beauties.
- ONE FC Ring Girls. Maya (top-left) and Christine (bottom-left)
- Luis Manzano posing with the beauties.
4. All the fighters made weight. Viewers of the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter should be able to relate with me when I say it’s never good news when a fighter isn’t able to make weight before a fight. Fortunately, none of the fighters were in trouble with the weighing scale.
- Belingon (top-left), Aranda (top-middle), Eustaquio (top-right), Cheng (bottom-left), Okazaki (bottom-middle), Folayang (bottom-right)
3. The Staredowns. After both fighters confirm their weight, it’s been a tradition for them to stare each other down. This serves as a chance for the fighters to intimidate each other hours before they even step into the cage. With each stare, the fighter tells his opponent “I will hurt you tomorrow night real bad. I will knock you out.” This is the raw intensity that makes staredowns so fun to watch.
2. The Clash of the Titans. Before the highly-anticipated rematch of Banario and Oishi, two heavyweights will collide and in effect, rock the whole arena around. Paul Cheng and Alain Ngalani are two of the scariest-looking fighters around. These two are beasts; just look at them! Like behemoth and leviathan doing battle. This match-up is definitely one to watch.
- Ngalani showing us that he isn’t just huge; he can also do a mean split!
1. Banario vs Oishi II. Having tasted bitter defeat at the hands of Koji Oishi last May, Honorio Banario seeks to redeem himself and the championship belt he lost via a knockout by the Japanese fighter. This main event is surely one to look forward to because it is with this fight that either Banario proves that he is the best featherweight in the roster, or Oishi proves that his win over the Filipino was no fluke. This fight has every reason to be a great one.
Seven Filipino fighters (including Banario, Belingon, Toquero, and Eustaquio) are set to do battle against foreign foes on Friday night, December 6, 2013 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, and they will need every ounce of your support; every chant and cheer will be fuel for our kababayans. So what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets now for ONE FC Moment of Truth before they run out because When In Manila, our fighters are our pride.
ONE FC Moment of Truth – Fight Card:
1) Major Overall vs Edward Kelly (Featherweight)
2) Khim Dima vs Ruel Catalan (Flyweight)
3) Joshua Alvarez vs Koetsu Okazaki (Bantamweight)
4) Paul Cheng vs Alain Ngalani (Heavyweight)
5) Dae Hwan Kim vs Thanh Vu (Bantamweight)
6) Eugene Toquero vs Geje Eustaquio (Flyweight)
7) Carlos Fodor vs Vuyisile Colossa (Lightweight)
8) Vincent Latoel vs Eduard Folayang (Lightweight)
9) David Aranda vs Kevin Belingon (Bantamweight)
10) Honorio Banario vs Koji Oishi (Featherweight World Championship)