Shinya Aoki (Dean Marchand/Sherdog)ONE Championship 27: What to Watch For RJ Gardner May 17, 2015 Events, Previews, Spotlight On Saturday, May 22, 2015 Asia’s largest MMA promotion heads to the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore fore ONE Championship: Warrior’s Quest. Asia has a rich and vibrant MMA history and ONE Championship tries to capture the spirit of PRIDE FC, and be a viable alternative to the major promotions here in the US. ONE Championship’s roster is loaded with great talent and their fight cards are filled with exciting matchups. Soccer Kicks and Better Judging All of ONE Championship’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 Championship extremely exciting. In addition to the different rule set, ONE Championship 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 Championship is a great opportunity for American fans to see what the Far East has to offer. A No. 1 Contender Will Emerge in the Featherweight Division When Marat Gafurov and Ev Ting step into the cage on Friday there will be a lot on the line, as the winner will become the No. 1 contender in the featherweight division. Undefeated in his pro career, Gafurov won his ONE debut in October submitting Rob Lisita in the first round. Ting on the other hand might not have an unblemished record, his three fight win streak in the ONE cage has been impressive, as all three wins have come by way of stoppage. This is going to be an exciting scrap. A Strawweight Champion Will Be Crowned In the co-main event a men’s strawweight champion will be crowned as Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke takes on Roy Doliguez. The men’s 115 pound division is largely neglected in the US, so this is a great opportunity for smaller fighters to showcase their talent. Shinya Aoki In the main event ONE Championship lightweight champion and Japanese MMA legend Aoki looks to defend his title for the second time against Koji Ando. Not to take anything away from Ando, but this fight is all about Aoki and his brilliance inside the cage. Expect to see a grappling clinic on Friday.