|12 December 2019 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced its return to the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, 31 January. The bustling Philippine capital of Manila will play host to ONE: FIRE & FURY which brings together the absolute best in world-class martial arts.
More information on ONE: FIRE & FURY is available at www.onefc.com.
In the main event, reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of the Philippines will defend his title against Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Brazil.
The 23-year-old Pacio, who hails from Baguio City, captured the strawweight belt with a unanimous decision victory over Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito in September of 2018, but surrendered the title to another Japanese warrior in Shooto World Champion Yosuke Saruta in his first defense. Months later, Pacio avenged that defeat by knocking Saruta out with a head kick to regain ONE Championship gold.
Last November, Pacio successfully defended his title against compatriot Rene Catalan, winning by second-round submission. Now, Pacio looks to make the second defense of his title against the streaking Alex Silva.
Silva, a former ONE Strawweight World Champion, has been impressive as of late, earning his way back to title contention behind two incredible submission victories over Stefer Rahardian and Peng Xue Wen. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is one of the most dangerous grapplers in the promotion. Eight out of nine of his victories have come by way of submission.
Silva will attempt to lift the belt from Pacio in a much-anticipated showdown at strawweight.
Also on the card are Pacio’s Team Lakay teammates and fellow Filipinos who all face tough opposition.
Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines returns to action against Pakistan’s Ahmed “The Wolverine” Mujtaba.
Folayang is one of the most prominent martial artists in his country — a massive sports icon loved by his people. Behind his world-class wushu skills, Folayang is on the comeback trail and believes he can make another run at the World Title.
Former ONE World Title challenger Danny “The King” Kingad is back to face China’s “The Hunter” Xie Wei.
Kingad is one of the hottest prospects in Philippine mixed martial arts. Since challenging Adriano Moraes for the title in 2017, Kingad has won six out of his last seven bouts. He blitzed through the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix with victories over Senzo Ikeda and Reece McLaren, and then faced legend Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the final round. Now Kingad starts his climb back to the top anew against Xie, who earned his start on Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series.
Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang of the Philippines looks to continue his rise through the ranks when he faces Thailand’s Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit.
Adiwang began his career in ONE Championship via ONE Warrior Series, where he railed off three impressive victories to earn a six-figure contract with the promotion. “Thunder Kid” made a successful main roster debut back in October, when he finished the highly-regarded Senzo Ikeda in the first round.
Mitsatit, on the other hand, is one of the most promising young talents out of Thailand. The Chiang Mai representative owns eight knockout victories out of 10 wins on his resume and promises to bring the action right to Adiwang in this clash of exciting strawweights.
Making her much-anticipated return to the ONE Circle is Team Lakay’s Gina “Conviction” Iniong, who takes on India’s Asha “Knockout Queen” Roka.
Iniong was last seen in the Circle last February, where she defeated highly-regarded Malaysian Jihin Radzuan via close split decision. Just recently, Iniong competed in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila, where she bagged a kickboxing gold medal in the Women’s 55 KG Kick Light Category.
Roka, in contrast, debuted for ONE Championship last August, taking on two-sport World Champion Stamp Fairtex.
Looking to get back on the winning track is the Philippines’ Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres, who locks horns with former ONE World Title challenger Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang of Chinese Taipei. Torres is primarily a boxer and a wrestler, while Huang is a judo black belt. Both women are hungry for victory. Fans can expect a thrilling battle between the two as only one will emerge victorious.
Last on the mixed martial arts spectrum is a showdown between taekwondo black belt “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il of South Korea and Shooto Bantamweight World Champion Shoko Sato of Japan.
Also on the card is a trio of ONE Super Series Muay Thai contests.
Australia’s Alma Juniku takes on Anne Line Hogstad of Norway. Former ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion “The Baby Shark” Petchdam Petchyindee Academy goes head-to-head with Japan’s Kohei “Momotaro” Kodera. Finally, Thailand’s Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym does battle with Chris Shaw of Scotland.
ONE: FIRE & FURY
Friday, 31 January
Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines
ONE Strawweight World Championship
Joshua Pacio (C) vs Alex Silva
Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg
Eduard Folayang vs Ahmed Mujtaba
Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg
Danny Kingad vs Xie Wei
Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg
Petchdam PetchyindeeAcademy vs Momotaro
Muay Thai: 61.2kg
Kwon Won Il vs Shoko Sato
Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg
Alma Juniku vs Anne Line Hogstad
Muay Thai: 52.2kg
Lito Adiwang vs Pongsiri Mitsatit
Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg
Gina Iniong vs Asha Roka
Mixed Martial Arts: 52.2kg
Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym vs Chris Shaw
Muay Thai: 65.8kg
Jomary Torres vs Jenny Huang
Mixed Martial Arts: 52.2kg
*Bouts and bout order are subject to change.