Singapore: ONE Championship™ (ONE) athletes competing at ONE: FISTS OF FURY II this Friday night, 5 March answered questions ahead of their respective bouts.
Greco-Roman Wrestling World Champion Amir Aliakbari of Iran takes on South Korean knockout artist “Mighty Warrior” Kang Ji Won in the main event of ONE: FISTS OF FURY II. Both fighters were in good spirits, and appeared determined to send a message to the rest of the division. Aliakbari talked about his preparations for the bout, and his goal of becoming ONE Heavyweight World Champion, while the undefeated Kang touched on his last performance against Mehdi Barghi, and his improved grappling.
Amir Aliakbari (Full Interview):
Kang Ji Won (Full Interview):
Undefeated heavyweight sensation Anatoly “Spartak” Malykhin of Russia makes his ONE Championship debut against veteran Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado of Brazil in the evening’s co-main event. Malykhin shared his thoughts on his ONE Championship debut, as well as his world-class wrestling and striking skills, while Machado touched on how much he’s improved since his time away from the Circle, and chasing a ONE World Title.
Anatoly Malykhin (Full Interview):
Alexandre Machado (Full Interview):
In a battle between talented bantamweights, the United States’ Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia faces hard-hitting Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo of New Zealand and the Philippines in what should be an action-packed affair. Urrutia talked about feeling stronger both physically and mentally, as well as moving back down to bantamweight, while Abelardo tackled lessons he learned from recent setbacks, and wanting to put on a show for the fans.
Emilio Urrutia (Full Interview):
Mark Fairtex Abelardo (Full Interview):
Last but not least, Shooto Pan Pacific Champion Ryogo “Kaitai” Takahashi of Japan squares off against China’s Tang Kai in a featherweight contest. Takahashi talked about being excited to finally fight Tang Kai, as well as the lessons he learned from the loss to Thanh Le, while Tang Kai answered questions regarding a potential fight against Garry Tonon, and cracking the top five at featherweight.
Ryogo Takahashi (Full Interview):
Tang Kai (Full Interview):
Complete Card for ONE: FISTS OF FURY II
Amir Aliakbari vs. Kang Ji Won (Mixed Martial Arts – Heavyweight)
Alexandre Machado vs. Anatoly Malykhin (Mixed Martial Arts – Heavyweight)
Ryogo Takahashi vs. Tang Kai (Mixed Martial Arts – Featherweight)
Yoshiki Nakahara vs. Ruslan Emilbek Uulu (Mixed Martial Arts – Featherweight)
Han Zi Hao vs. Adam Noi (Muay Thai – Bantamweight)
Mark Fairtex Abelardo vs. Emilio Urrutia (Mixed Martial Arts – Bantamweight)
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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