Motorcycles and mixed martial arts ram up the atmosphere at the ONE Fighting Championship held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
At places and events where the aura of aggression, skill, technique and speed are in abundance, you’re bound to see motorcycles around and the latest installment of the Asian MMA championships is no different.
As some of you biker fighters can recall, Singapore was the place where the ONE FC made its debut three years ago to bring Asian MMA to the forefront of mixed martial arts world. Mah Pte Ltd has been the official motorcycle sponsor for the ONE FC since their first showing and it was a pleasure again to see the crowds and photographers having a blast at the red carpet entrance with all the beautiful ladies, Triumph Speed Triples, and the latest Aprilia RSV4 and Tuono on display.
Back in the lion city for ONE FC: Honor and Glory, the 10-fight event was especially sweet for Radeem Rahman, Singapore’s sole homegrown representative in the Bantamweight category. Absent from the cage for more than two and a half years after suffering from a serious knee injury, Rahman returned to the same arena where his first debut Asian MMA fight in 2011 at the indoor stadium brought glory to the nation.
Not to be denied, Radeem Rahman kicked off the night’s main bouts by becoming the only Singaporean to notch two wins in the ONE FC cage. His opponent, Malaysia’s Raymond Tan, delivered a brutal first round beating, knocking Rahman down twice as the crowd gasped. Coming back strong in the second round, Rahman showed no hesitation as he took Raymond to the ground, which the Malaysian never recovered after being mounted flat on his back and finished off with a barrage of strikes from Rahman. Referee of the night Yuji Shimada jumped in to stop the bout as the 12,000-strong Singapore crowd erupted in jubilation.
The evening finished on a high for MMA World champion Ben “Funky’ Askren as the American applied a near perfect grappling-laden performance to dominate Bakhtiyar Abbasov, forcing the Azerbaijani national Combat Sambo champion to resign to an arm-triangle submission at the fourth minute of the first round. The crowd as in total awe as the now thirteen-time undefeated funky American saluted everyone from the cage, and eventually calling out to current ONE FC Welterweight World Champion Nobutatsu Suzuki to defend his belt in their next scheduled bout.
Motorcycles and martial arts? You bet!