On Friday, April 24, 2015, Asia’s largest MMA promotion heads to the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines for ONE Championship: Valor of Champions

Asia has a rich and vibrant MMA history and while ONE FC isn’t PRIDE FC by any means, it is a great alternative to the major promotions here in the US. ONE FC’s roster is loaded with great talent and their fight cards are filled with exciting matchups.

Soccer Kicks and Better Judging

All of ONE FC’s fights take place outside of the US and as such they utilize the Global MMA Rule Set. This is important to fans for one reason…soccer kicks. Kicks are allowed to the head of a grounded opponent and that makes the ground and pound in ONE FC extremely exciting. In addition to the different rule set, ONE FC utilizes a much better judging system. Rather than using the antiquated 10-point must system from boxing, judges score the whole fight; no individual round scoring just a decision of who won the fight.

Top Asian Talent

Steeped in a rich history of combat arts Asia is overflowing with talented fighters. Watching ONE FC is a great opportunity for American fans to see what the Far East has to offer.

Casey Suire vs. Mark Striegl

Suire and Striegl are two of the best bantamweight prospects in the world today and they will battle it out on Friday for a potential shot at the ONE FC bantamweight title. Suira – an American from Lafayette, LA – is currently undefeated in his pro career with all of his wins coming by finish. Striegl on the other hand is 13-1 with all but two of his wins coming by way of submission. This should be a fun contest between two hungry grapplers looking for gold.

Ben Askren

Undefeated and looking to defend his ONE FC title for the first time Askren is a fighter fans should be paying close attention too. A former two-time NCAA National Champion and Olympian Askren is one of the most proficient grapplers in MMA today. His unorthodox style and technical savvy have helped him become an enigma that no one in the sport has yet to solve. Having finished his last four bouts Askren is quickly developing into one of the most dangerous welterweights in the world today.