Originally written August 15, 2012 on BoneSnapper.com:
ONE Fighting Championship returns to the Lion City on October 6th with the highly anticipated Lightweight Super Fight between Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki and French MMA champion Arnaud “The Game” Lepont. All the action will take place at the 12,000-seater Singapore Indoor Stadium in what is expected to be the greatest fight card ever compiled in ONE FC history. After selling out arenas in Indonesia and Malaysia, it is finally time for ONE FC to return to the beautiful island of Singapore where it is headquartered. “ONE FC: Rise Of Kings” will be a historic moment for Asian MMA because for the first time ever, three championship belts will be awarded. Three ONE FC weight divisions will see a World Champion crowned. Since ONE FC’s sold-out launch in 2011, fans and fighters have been eagerly awaiting the crowning of ONE FC World Champions as stars began to emerge from the ever growing talent pool. CEO of ONE Fighting Championship Victor Cui stated, “We are coming back to Singapore to put on one of the greatest fight cards in Asian MMA history and to add icing to the cake, we will crown an incredible three World Champions and have our first Super Fight! Singapore will witness Shinya Aoki and Arnaud Lepont in a super fight that showcases two of the toughest lightweight fighters in Asia. With the largest pool of the top MMA talent in Asia, I have decided that the time is perfect to introduce three ONE FC world titles. This card is going to be epic and fans can expect to see some incredible fights come October 6th.” Shinya Aoki is the DREAM Lightweight Champion and has beaten the likes of Tatsuya Kawajiri, Marcus Aurelio and Rich Clementi. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo which has earned him a reputation as one of the best submission specialists in the sport of MMA. The “Grandmaster of Flying Submissions” is excited to showcase his skills to his fans when he debuts at “ONE FC: Rise Of Kings”. He is considered the most deadly submission grappler in the world of MMA and is the number one lightweight fighter in Asia. Arnaud Lepont publicly challenged Aoki after his impressive victory over Brian Choi at ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors. He is well-known for his indomitable spirit and never-back-down attitude which has contributed to his 10-1 record. Having lived and trained in many different parts of Asia, Lepont has finally found his home on the largest stage in Asian MMA. Holding a purple belt in BJJ, the Frenchman has won nine of his 10 fights by submission thus demonstrating his superiority on the ground. Lepont also possesses knockout power that should have any fighter worried. He will be looking to use his heavy hands to spoil Aoki’s hopes of a successful ONE FC debut. Notorious for being brash, he says his mentality during the fight is to attack relentlessly in order to rip his opponent apart. Fans of ONE FC can look forward to see the return of mega star Melvin Manhoef to the ONE FC cage, as well as rising star Zorobabel Moreira and Singapore’s first pro-MMA fighter, Radeem Rahman. Tickets for “ONE FC: Rise Of Kings” are now on sale at SISTIC (www.SISTIC.com.sg). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and Cage-side experience for VIPs at $348 followed by Arena $148, Terrace $68 and Balcony $38.
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