New concepts and ideas are always a great upside for elevating the sport of mixed martial arts. After all, looking back in history, if it weren’t for the great athletes and risky business decisions being made, we would have never seen the sight of the worldwide entity the sport is today.

Hoping to contribute to the expansion, the newest crew on the block, the Singapore-based One Fighting Championship organization, strives to not only bring the best action on the Asian coast, but also reacquaint spectators with some of the values of what made MMA such an attractive pastime.

Major debate and speculation have popped up concerning this company’s potential for filling the void left by Pride in the Asian MMA fight scene, something Dream and Sengoku could not do. To answer this question, you have to analyze the aspects of what One FC brings to the table.

One of the major standouts undoubtedly for this franchise is the institution of “Pride Rules,” which incorporates the use of head stomps, soccer kicks, and permitting of elbows. Although banned in most fight organizations and even dangerous, the application brings back an exciting element to the fights which hasn’t been seen in almost a decade.

When observing many fights, when they go to the ground there is always a brief stalling period which results in making the audience feel cheated sometimes. With the restoration of the Pride Rules, it brings forth the ultimate test for the competitors, forcing them to be active in all areas of the fight.

With the rules laying out the groundwork for the company, what good is an organization without fighters to properly represent what the brand stands for? Even in its early stages, One FC already has a massive talent pool of athletes ranging from prized fight veterans to hungry young talents from various continents across the earth. This strategy aids in getting the promotion a colossal audience from across the world to tune into its program to support their fellow country man.

Bringing in well- known acts like former UFC champions Andre Arlovski, Jens Pulver and Tim Sylvia helps with the push of the company’s movement while also saving money in its pocket for bringing in the well-known fighters of today.

Although lacking at times when it comes to matchmaking, in a twist it also creates a sense of uncertainty about the outcome of a fight. One of the best scraps the company has produced, pitting Gregor Gracie, a member of the famous jiu-jitsu family, against Phuket Top Team prospect Adam Kayoom, saw the strength of a hungry fighter’s ambitions overcome adversity to emerge victorious over Gracie.

Although appealing from a rules and roster aspect, One FC has some serious flaws it needs  to work on.

The biggest concern for the company is the production value. With a substantial talent of athletes competing in its organization, One FC needs to introduce these fighters in a proper manner which allows the audience to connect with the individuals. Better ring announcing, call of the action, and even video promotions all assist with igniting an exciting feel throughout the whole event.

Although still in the beginning stages of development, One FC certainly has the right mindset when it comes to staking its claim as the top dog in Asian MMA today. To call it the next Pride Fighting Championships would be foolish, because no matter how hard one tries, no one can recreate that dynasty. Nevertheless, what One FC is doing is forging its own path, with hopes to give MMA a boost of excitement that everyone will enjoy watching.

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Monta Wiley
Staff Writer

Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.