On Saturday, June 20, 2015 Asia’s largest MMA promotion heads to Guangzhou International Sports Arena in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China for ONE Championship: Dynasty of Champions.

Asia has a rich and vibrant MMA history and while ONE Championship isn’t PRIDE FC by any means, it is a great 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.

Opening Rounds for Flyweight and Featherweight Tournaments

The best way for an organization to strengthen their foothold in a market is simple; give the fans plenty of local talent to cheer for. At ONE Championship 28 the organization will do exactly that, as they will host opening round Featherweight and Flyweight tournament bouts featuring Chinese fighters. Even though most of these fighters have limited to no known pro experience, the action should be exciting. You never know, you may just be watching a future champion honing his skills and developing his craft.

Prospect Watch – Timofey Nastyukhin

While the main event of the evening won’t feature a title bout, it will be a great showcase for talented prospect Nastyukhin. After losing his pro debut by submission, Nastyukhin has rattled off eight straight wins; four by submission and four by knockout. In his ONE Championship debut at ONE FC 23 in December, Nastyukhin introduced himself with a brutal flying knee and soccer kick knockout of Eduard Folayang. Taking on Japanese veteran Yusuke Kawanago Nastyukhin will have an opportunity to show once more why he might just be the best prospect in the entire organization.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.