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Friday, February 1, 2013

ONE FC and Malaysia: What future does ONE FC have in Malaysia?

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If you are unfamiliar with ONE FC or MMA, a brief and easy introduction is available on it's main website which for you convenience will be pasted here.

ONE Fighting Championship is Asia's largest mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and the largest pan-Asian media broadcast to over 28 countries in Asia. 
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is the fastest growing sport in the world today. In true Darwinian fashion, the sport of MMA allows for any martial arts style to compete against any martial arts style in the most free of artistic expressions for martial artists. MMA athletes utilize the best techniques from any and all martial arts in order to compete standing up or on the ground. 
Whether it is Karate, Muay Thai, Kung Fu, Silat, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Kali, Shuai Jiao, Aikido, or other martial arts, Asia has been the birthplace and home of martial arts for the last 5,000 years. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is the most exciting evolution in centuries and is the future of martial arts. It combines the excitement of a prize fight, the athleticism of the Olympics, the tradition of martial arts, and the adrenaline of a rock concert. 
ONE Fighting Championship aims to host the most exciting MMA fights in Asia, featuring the top Asian fighters -
You could even say that it's the royal rumble of all fighting styles in the world, bare-fisted  manly brawls.

The person here is Victor Cui, the CEO and Owner of ONE FC. A very enthusiastic man of his age, Victor decided to have a chat over dinner with fellow medias and bloggers to share his visions and thoughts about this phenomena that is evolving rapidly at present time.

The future of MMA in Malaysia

Atop of the things he shared with us one portion caught my attention and I would have to nod in agreement, which slowly allowed me to envision how MMA is going to be like in the next few years.

Claiming that MMA is still at it's early stage and that it is still in the phase where people still need exposure and education to this sport. This point was quite obvious as many have yet to experience the intensity and the atmosphere during live matches and it was an eye opening experience for me back in 2011 during the Ultimate cage match at Sunway Pyramid. Since then, MMA caught my attention and I might not be the expert in the game but it always gets me excited to watch them battle it out in the ring.

He also added that MMA is a very massive sport because it has all the touch point any popular sports needs which includes being good on TV, promo friendly, and emotional attachments.

In a more straight forward manner, this means that MMA gives the excitement that fans of sports would love to be part of, from the cheering of their favorite fighters to picking up a good one two move in the gym too.

All the points he shared gives a pretty exciting view of the future of this sport in Malaysia and all across Asia as well. So I am definitely looking forward to MMA being one of the sports that can stay.

Support for Fighters

It has come to no surprise that Malaysia has many fighters eager to take it to the ring but how many of them would go far and not give up in the middle as we all know many athletes tend to drop out due to the burden of their own future.

Victor mentioned that ONE FC is constantly looking for great fighters with an intention to stay and be great, and of course there are also fighters like Peter Davis who is unique due to his background of being a model, an actor as well as a singer (in local movie- Sell Out) claiming that Peter has a very interesting game when it comes to MMA and the fact that he is in a weight class that houses many ferocious contenders has the potential to spotlight MMA as a sport that many would love to be a part of.

ONE FC has been providing lots of media support for the fighters of the coming ONE FC: Return of Warrior, with workshops and tv interviews, radio interviews and lots of highlights in the local media. A year back, if these fighters were walking down the streets of KL people would not recognize them but now there will be a few who would recognize them as fighters so I guess this gives them a motivation boost as well!

Victor Cui gave me the impression of a generous yet hungry man, a man with a hunger to bring out his passion and show it to the world and ONE FC is his baby that will start and sustain his legacy in years to come and with his hands on attitude and his out going personality, it's safe to say that this wont be just an ordinary investment.  With the passion one could see in him, ONE FC and it's fighter will be in good hands.

A word from Loren Mack (Senior Manager, PR & Communications for ONE FC)

I manage to drop a question to Loren as well before we say goodbye for the night.

The question was : "Has our Malaysian government been showing support in promoting the sport? Are they any tie-ins to further developed the sport within our nation?"

(The nature of this question is important as it helps gave a sense of security for the fighters and the fans about future events and careers as well, much like how we excel in Badminton and Squash. Are our talents being recognized.)

To my disappointment, Loren answered with a "not yet, but we are looking forward to getting the government bodies especially the sports association into it soon enough."

Loren is a very positively driven man so I am going to take his word for it!

It was a good night of food and chat and it further excites me for the matches this Saturday at Stadium Putra!

Head over to my previous post with all the information about this Saturday!

I would like to end this post with a sentence that I couldn't have agreed more from fellow blogger and MMA enthusiast Tony Teh.
"Knowing Malaysians as a Malaysian myself, most of us wouldn't take anyone seriously until that person's knocking on the door really hard with an opportunity to bring pride to the nation.-
This is very true statement, most of us would not give a damn about anything or anyone unless we either make it to the international news or when we do have a chance and making the country famous.

For MMA (or anything else for that matter) Malaysia always needs a hero that brings results, I guess we are just like that.

You can read about Tony's insight of our meet up with Victor in his blogpost via this link.

Which Malaysian is closest to a ONE FC title shot? by Tony Teh

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