Evolve MMA will have a huge representation when One FC returns to Singapore in October.
The fight team led by Chatri Sityodtong will send their biggest names, including Shinya Aoki, Zoro Moreira, Leandro Issa, Mitch Chilson, Brian Choi, and Radeem Rahman.
This will mark Shinya Aoki’s (30-6-1NC) debut with One FC as well as his first fight in Singapore, his home away from Japan. Aoki will fight Arnaud Lepont, who called out the Japanese lightweight after defeating Evolve’s Brian Choi at One FC 4. A tall order for the Frenchman, Lepont will have his hands full in this fight as he has never seen the caliber of competition that Aoki brings to the table.
Moreira (7-1) will be fighting for the One FC lightweight title against – as of the time of publication – Eduard Folayang. Moreira is coming off the biggest win of his career, having defeated Roger Huerta. A highlight reel soccer kick to Huerta was the talk of the town and the win took Moreira’s star up in a huge way. Prior to that, Moreira walked through One FC lightweight prospect Felipe Enomoto.
Leandro Issa (9-2) is also coming off a huge win. Issa defeated Masakazu Imanari at One FC 4, a fighter with much more experience. The Brazilian dominated the fight for all three rounds, leaving Imanari in the dust in a 30-27 unanimous decision loss. Imanari was unable to get even close to Issa’s legs, which left him without a hope throughout the fight. Issa is undefeated when fighting for One FC and looks to bump it up even another level.
Choi and Chilson will both look to get back in the win column as they return home to Singapore.
Choi, who was doing a fantastic job with Lepont and looked to have the fight in the bag, was caught with an unsuspecting rear naked choke in the third round of their fight at One FC 4. Choi, even in defeat, looked wonderful for a fighter with only five professional fights to his name. Dominating Lepont the majority of the fight, he came out for the third round ready to take it home. In a flash, Lepont locked in a rear naked choke on Choi and forced the submission.
Chilson fought this past weekend at One FC 5. For those that watched his fight, it comes as no surprise that he will be prepared to fight on such short notice. Chilson’s fight was stopped due to a soccer kick, but he was more or less unfazed as many complained of a very premature stoppage. The fight was later ruled a no contest. Nonetheless, Chilson will look to get back in the win column in his fourth fight with the promotion. Chilson was submitted by title contender Eric Kelly at the inaugural One FC event last September, but rebounded to make short work of AJ Vaa in Malaysia, at the beginning of the summer.
Finally, Radeem Rahman, touted as Singapore’s first professional mixed martial artist and one of the sharpest Muay Thai practitioners on the Evolve MMA Fight Team, returns to the cage. With the blessing of his country at his back, Rahman is looking to become the first champion from Singapore, but will first have, no question, a tough opponent in his tracks. A brilliant striker, Rahman has gone above and beyond in sharpening his grappling and submission skills. When AsianMMA.com to Rahman in May, he was ready to go, hoping to fight this summer.
Courtesy of MMAWeekly.com content partner AsianMMA.com.