A personal update from MMA-in-ASIA’s Managing Editor, Lee Li

29 Sep 2015 10:21 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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First of all, a huge thank you to all the readers who have made this website a success, and to all the people in the Asian MMA industry from fighters to promoters who toil endlessly for the is amazing sport in Asia.

When I started ASIA MMA as a Facebook page in 2011, I never imagined that a resource meant to consolidate information on Asia’s MMA scene would grow into a full-fledged website that is read world-wide. It was been an amazing journey. I have been thrilled to watch firsthand as Asia’s MMA community has grown exponentially. I have taken pride as Asia’s MMA fighters have grown their fan bases and succeeded in international competition.

Along with the MMA community, MMA-in-ASIA has constantly grown. We have taken on excellent writers and photographers from Japan to Malaysia. As a team, we have provided the most on-the-ground coverage of Asian MMA events out of any and all MMA websites. We have been first in providing interviews in English from the up-and-coming prospects to the legendary MMA figures in Asia MMA.



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UFC Fight Night 75 Main Event Preview: “The Warmaster” vs “Big Country” in Japan

24 Sep 2015 6:42 am Posted by jjwakrat

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UFC Fight Night 75: Barnett vs Nelson

UFC Fight Night 75: Barnett vs Nelson

Originally Posted at MMA In Asia

Coming up this Sunday, Sept. 27th at the Saitama Super Arena in the Land of the Rising Sun is UFC Fight Night 75. This event is headlined by a heavyweight tilt between Road to UFC: Japan coaches Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson.

The current ownership is delivering their fourth installment since they returned in early 2012 to Saitama. This will be the conclusion of the inaugural Road to UFC: Japan which is the Japanese edition of The Ultimate Fighter. Just like other seasons of the past the coaches will clash on the same card as the finalists.

Josh Barnett has had a long, rollercoaster career spanning many different continents over almost 20 years. Back in 2000, he made his UFC debut and within a year and a half he went from obtaining the title by destroying Randy Couture to getting stripped of the belt due to testing positive for banned substances. Being unable to make a living in the United States, Barnett decided to go across the Pacific and compete in Japan.






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Fedor Emelianenko Returns on New Year’s Eve to Fight For Brand New Promotion in Japan

21 Sep 2015 9:40 am Posted by jjwakrat

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Originally Posted at FightLand

Fedor Emelianenko is 38-years-old and has not fought in over three years but the mere mention of his name is still enough to get the pulse of most MMA fans racing. On New Year’s Eve the Russian heavyweight will return at a new promotion being started by former Pride president Nobuyuki Sakakibara.

Further details about the comeback of ‘The Last Emperor’ are currently thin on the ground. The event will take place in Tokyo and is being broadcast in the US by Spike, although possibly not live. We still don’t know who Emelianenko is fighting or what the new promotion will be called.



Scouring the Globe to Find a Future Heavyweight Champion

17 Sep 2015 10:20 am Posted by jjwakrat

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Amir Aliakbari photo by Mitch Viquez

Originally Posted at Fightland

The last time a UFC heavyweight title fight took place under a commission that discloses purses, the then champion Cain Velazquez pocketed a cool 400,000 USD. Bigger fighters generally get bigger paydays and for any manager the dream is to discover the next Randy Couture or Fabricio Werdum.

Mishal Abul, who acts as ‘the man in the Middle East’ for Paradigm Sports Management, believes he might have found not one, but two, future heavyweight contenders. He is bankrolling a pair of Iranian prospects who have both been sent to Phuket to hone their MMA skills




Backed by Ronda Rousey, the Reclusive Nick Diaz Is Becoming a Rallying Cry for MMA Community

16 Sep 2015 1:56 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

Originally posted at FightLand

It’s way too early to know if Nick Diaz’s career as a mixed martial artist is over following the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision this week to suspend him for five years following a positive drug test for marijuana metabolites. Diaz’s lawyers have said they’ll appeal the decision, which could result in a shorter suspension or even (fingers crossed) a lifting of all sanctions. It’s also possible the punishment would remain what it is and Diaz, now 32, would decide to fight again after the suspension had run its course, meaning he’d be back in the cage when he’s 37. Which isn’t the best age to fight MMA, but it’s hardly unprecedented, and anyway Nick Diaz has built a career out of defying what’s best.

He’s also built his career on being the most divisive fighter in MMA. But if it’s still too early to conclude that Nick Diaz will never fight again, it is becoming clearer with each passing day that, even if his career isn’t dead, that reputation may now be. The strangest result of the NSAC’s decision could just turn out to be that it was the moment that at long last turned the community of MMA fighters decisively in Diaz’s favor.




New Video Game Lets You Live the Life of an MMA Manager

02 Sep 2015 12:27 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Far off on in the dark corners of the Internet there are video games about the cold, meaningless realities of existence. Games about office life and mindless repetition and nothingness. Online simulators of the Sisyphysian pointlessness of human life and the thousand and one tiny plagues that mar it. The Graveyard, for example, features an old woman doing little more than walking through a cemetery, contemplating death. In Papers, Please players control a customs agent grimly examining the documents of travelers hoping to enter the fictional country of Arstotzka. And in A Dark Room, new players are greeted with the words “awake. head throbbing. vision blurry. the room is cold. the fire is dead,” and then given one prompt to contemplate: “light fire.” Click the button or don’t: It makes no difference




Weighing the Options of Fedor Emelianenko (In the UFC)

01 Sep 2015 8:44 am Posted by jjwakrat

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Photo by Josh Hedges/Forza LLC

We’ve all heard the rumors: Fedor Emelianenko is apparently in serious talks with the UFC. After years of waiting and a 2012 retirement that choked the life from whatever hope we had left, the legendary heavyweight’s pen now floats just inches from the dotted line.

Of course, until that pen touches paper, this all remains speculation. Yes, Fedor has personally confirmed his planned return to competition. And yes, Bellator president Scott Coker—the only other man in the running for Fedor’s services—has confirmed that his organization is currently not pursuing the Russian great. And finally, it’s true that on Monday morning, UFC president Dana White left a cheeky little winky face in the comment section of an Instagram post by an unverified Fedor Emelianenko account. But, as fight fans, we know better than to get too excited about such things until they’re actually, truly, 100% confirmed. We don’t offer up our trust so easily. We’ve been hurt before…



Someone’s Finally Doing Something About MMA’s Weight-Cutting Epidemic

31 Aug 2015 2:08 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Originally posted at FightLand.com

For two decades now parents and politicians and other professional and part-time hand-wringers have been warning us about the dangers of mixed martial arts, but it turns out all that time they were howling about the wrong dangers. MMA, we know now, will not distort the minds of our children or fill the streets with tattoo-covered killers or drag our society back to the dark days of the gladiators. Even most of the injuries fighters incur during the course of a fight are reparable—some blood spilled here, a broken hand there—and the ones that aren’t are no worse than those incurred during the course of a football game: that is, no worse than what we as a society have agreed we will tolerate.

No, the real terror of MMA—the thing we should have been worrying about all along instead of wasting our time with societal doomsday predictions and other bugbears—happens before the fighters start punching and kicking each other, before they even step into the cage. The real danger comes when they’re sucking all the liquids out of their bodies 48 hours before a fight in an absurd attempt to gain an advantage over an opponent who is doing the exact same thing. In a sport where men and women willingly throw themselves into each other’s fists and knees for a little money and some glory, the only true absurdity is the weight-cut. And now, at last, it appears someone is trying to do something about it.




Cain Velasquez: The Absentee King Returns

12 Jun 2015 1:05 am Posted by jjwakrat

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Artwork by Gian Galang

Cain Velasquez is a paper champion.

He hasn’t fought in almost two years, and he hasn’t fought anyone not named Junior dos Santos or Antonio Silva since 2010. In fact, the great Fedor Emelianenko—hallowed be his name—retired after losing a step or three in 2012, and yet has as many wins over currently ranked top ten heavyweights as Velasquez. In fact, Velasquez has just fourteen fights to his name and a third of them were against the same two Brazilians. Baddest Man on the Planet? My arse.

Fightland has the full story by MMA’s premiere technical writer, Jack Slack

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ONE Championship seeks to expand in Middle East, India

25 May 2015 3:28 am Posted by jmorley

ONE Championship – Asia’s largest MMA or Mixed Martial Arts organisation – sets its eyes on the Middle East and India as it continues to expand its influence in Asia.

SINGAPORE: Finding new talent is crucial for ONE Championship – Asia’s largest MMA or Mixed Martial Arts organisation – as it continues to expand its influence in Asia.

Its focus is now on China, with more events set to be held across the country, but it has already set its eyes on the Middle East and India.

The intensity, technique and sheer power – that’s the winning formula for Singaporean Benedict Ang.

On Friday, the 19-year-old had his first professional MMA match. He won with a unanimous decision in front of a sold out crowd of 15,000 spectators at the Singapore Indoor Stadium who paid between S$38 and S$158 for a standard price ticket.

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