Kiamrian Abbasov: ONE’s Welterweight King Targets James Nakashima And Aung La N Sang

ONE Welterweight Champion Kiamrian Abbasov has told the company’s matchmakers that when fighting resumes, he only wants to “face the best ” the promotion has to offer. The 26-year-old Kyrgyzstani captured the title last October after getting the nod from the judges following a grueling five-round affair with the division’s former king Zebaztian Kadestam. After […]

ONE Welterweight Champion Kiamrian Abbasov has told the company’s matchmakers that when fighting resumes, he only wants to “face the best ” the promotion has to offer.

The 26-year-old Kyrgyzstani captured the title last October after getting the nod from the judges following a grueling five-round affair with the division’s former king Zebaztian Kadestam.

After an extended layoff due to the coronavirus, Abbasov is now eager to return combat and begin building his championship legacy. 

” I’m ready to get back to full training after this amazing rest. When I hit the gym this time, I’m going to work without ever stopping,” Abbasov said in a media release.

Abbasov has already set his sights on welterweight rival James Nakashima, and ONE Middleweight Champion Aung La N Sang as the two men he wants to face next.

I’m willing to defend the World Title against anybody, but I think James Nakashima deserves a shot because he’s undefeated and is highly-regarded. He’s a great athlete and I have no doubt we will have a great fight,” Abbasov commented.

 “I’ve also talked to my team and we believe we can go up in weight and challenge for the ONE Middleweight World Title. That’s a fight I’m very much looking forward to if we can make it happen.”

A fight against Aung La is unlikely to take place anytime soon. The Sanford MMA fighter is scheduled to face Russia’s Vitaly Bigdash next, has also said that if Abbasov wants a shot at the middleweight strap, he first needs to rack up some wins in the division.

On the other hand, a matchup with Nakashima looks a distinct possibility. The former LFA Welterweight Champion is 12-0 in his professional career and 3-0 with ONE. A grappler by trade Nakashima’s striking has improved leaps and bounds since he began spending time in Italy training under elite kickboxer Giorgio Petrosyan.

The American also holds a recent TKO victory over Luis Santos, the last person to have defeated Abbasov. A title fight between Abbasov and Nakashima would make for compelling viewing. So far, no one has been able to figure out how to overcome Nakashima’s relentless pressure, but Abbasov appears to have the tools to do so.

For Abbasov, it’s a wait-and-see game as to when ONE returns, but as soon as the promotion gets the green light to stage events, Abbasov promises he will be primed and prepared to fight,

” I’m just ready to go, and I can face anybody; it’s all the same. I’m looking forward to setting that date and defeating my next opponent.” 

Who do you think Abbasov should face first?

Angela Lee’s Ready To Test Denice Zamboanga In Deep Waters

ONE Championship’s Angela Lee appears unfazed about the prospect of defending her atomweight title against the Philippines ‘ Denice Zamboanga. Zamboanga booked herself a title shot against Lee —who remains undefeated at atomweight—after comprehensively defeating one of the atomweight division’s top fighters in Mei Yamaguchi. It was a breakout performance from the Filipina, but Lee […]

ONE Championship’s Angela Lee appears unfazed about the prospect of defending her atomweight title against the Philippines ‘ Denice Zamboanga.

Zamboanga booked herself a title shot against Lee —who remains undefeated at atomweight—after comprehensively defeating one of the atomweight division’s top fighters in Mei Yamaguchi.

It was a breakout performance from the Filipina, but Lee is still uncertain if the 23-year-old is ready to take the next step.

“I think that fight showed she’s a well-rounded mixed martial artist. She’s up and coming, young and like every atomweight contender out there, she wants the belt. That’s the end goal,” Lee said in an interview with the South China Morning Post.

“We were able to see parts of her game with Mei and the fight before that. I think she’s good everywhere, but I don’t think she has what it takes to take it that next level deep – that’s where I would be testing her. But yeah, I’m excited for it whenever it does happen.”

Lee’s last outing was over six months ago at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan, where she successfully defended her atomweight against China’s Xiong Jingnan—who dropped down from strawweight for the fight.

The Hawaiian based fighter is keen to return to action as soon as possible and is keeping active, so she is ready to go as soon as she gets the call from ONE.

“I’ve been staying busy and staying ready so that when the call comes, I’d be ready to take it on short notice, and I think all of us fighters are itching to get back in the cage.”

At the moment, there is no set return date for ONE. However, Singapore — which is where the promotion is based — is due to begin slowly reopening from June 2 with the government laying out a three-phase plan to get the city-state up and running.

How do you see this bout going down?

ONE’s Chatri Sityodtong Supports Eddie Alvarez-Shinya Aoki Tiology Bout

From the moment Eddie Alvarez arrived at ONE Championship, a matchup between him and Japanese veteran Shinya Aoki has been on the cards.   Alvarez and Aoki have faced off twice in the past— their first bout took place in 2008 in Japan and the rematch in 2012 in the USA—and with the score tied at […]

From the moment Eddie Alvarez arrived at ONE Championship, a matchup between him and Japanese veteran Shinya Aoki has been on the cards.  

Alvarez and Aoki have faced off twice in the past— their first bout took place in 2008 in Japan and the rematch in 2012 in the USA—and with the score tied at 1-1, it looks like ONE CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong is keen on seeing a decider.

Sityodtong discussed the fight during a podcast with ONE’s Michael Schiavello and Miesha Tate. The trio of ONE heavy-hitters were discussing the promotion’s new rankings system, which currently has Aoki in the fifth and final spot of the ONE lightweight division and Alvarez unranked—to Sityodtong’s surprise. 

“I actually disagree with the rankings. I think Eddie should be number five. To finish Eduard Folayang the way he did. I know he is only one and one in ONE Championship, but he finished Eduard Folayang in very impressive fashion,” Sityodtong commented.

The ONE head honcho then went on to share his enthusiasm for a third contest between Alvarez and Aoki.

“He [Alveraz]has beaten Shinya before, they are one and one, if I had to flip a coin, I would put Eddie at number five and Shinya at number six, but that being said, yeah, I think a trilogy match would be incredible I think the world would love it. They are one apiece, and let’s see who is the dominant champion.

On paper, the matchup makes a lot of sense. It would be entertaining fight fans would be into; both men are coming off wins, and after the unscheduled break ONE is undergoing due to coronavirus, both fighters will be well-rested and ready to put on a show.

The bout provided it is fought outside of Japan or the USA, would also have the bonus of making MMA trivia lists. After all, there cannot be too many trilogy fights that have taken place over three decades in three different countries.

Hopefully fans will be hearing more about this possible bout in the future.

Would you be excited to see these two square off one more time?

Vitor Belfort Wants to Wrestle Alongside Mike Tyson In AEW

This past weekend All Elite Wrestling staged Double or Nothing inside Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The pay-per-view event took place behind closed doors with only a handful of wrestlers and athletes watching from the sidelines. One of those attending was MMA legend, Vitor Belfort. The Brazilian is friends with AEW’s owner Tony Khan. Following […]

This past weekend All Elite Wrestling staged Double or Nothing inside Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. The pay-per-view event took place behind closed doors with only a handful of wrestlers and athletes watching from the sidelines.

One of those attending was MMA legend, Vitor Belfort. The Brazilian is friends with AEW’s owner Tony Khan. Following the event, Belfort called for Khan to book him as a tag team partner for Mike Tyson, who was on hand at Double or Nothing to award the AEW Championship belt to the winner of the Jon Moxley-Mr Brodie Lee clash.

“I think AEW should have Mike [Tyson] and myself do a tag team match against two of their champions,” said Belfort.

“Tony [Khan], the owner of AEW is a good friend of mine. That, for me, is a great idea, and I’m open to it. It will be the two youngest champions of combat sports against the two youngest champions of AEW.”

The idea of Belfort and Tyson teaming up is not beyond the realms of possibility, especially as ONE Championship, who Belfort is signed to, and AEW both air on TNT.

‘The Phenom’ and ‘Iron’ Mike exchanged greetings during the event, and later the two combat sports veterans hit the gym for a training session. Tyson, like Belfort, is also on the comeback trail, and Belfort was quick to offer praise to the former heavyweight champ.

“I think that (to fight again) is a decision Mike [Tyson] has made for himself. It takes a lot of courage to step back in the ring, especially at that age. I admire him for his bravery and wish him the best of luck,” Belfort commented.

“He needs to train smart because what used to work for him before might not work for him now. This is new ground he’s discovering for himself, and it’s a wonderful journey.”

At the moment, neither fighter has a scheduled return date, but if Belfort has his way, the two legends will soon not only be supporting each other but competing alongside one another.

Exclusive: Denice Zamboanga ONE’s Newest Atomweight Star

In just two fights, Denice Zamboanga has gone from unknown newbie to ONE atomweight title challenger. The 23-year-old Filipina, who only made her promotional debut in December, has wasted no time in establishing herself as the latest threat to Angela Lee’s title reign. Zamboanga’s first appearance under the ONE banner saw her take on Mayalsian […]

In just two fights, Denice Zamboanga has gone from unknown newbie to ONE atomweight title challenger. The 23-year-old Filipina, who only made her promotional debut in December, has wasted no time in establishing herself as the latest threat to Angela Lee’s title reign.

Zamboanga’s first appearance under the ONE banner saw her take on Mayalsian star Jihin Radzuan on Radzuan’s home soil. In front of a vocal and partisan crowd, the ONE debutante nullified her opponent’s vaunted ground game and walked away with a unanimous decision win.

It was an impressive performance from Zamboanga, and one she backed up two months later in Singapore, where she comprehensively defeated veteran Japanse fighter Mei Yamaguchi.

Yamaguchi came into the fight riding a four-bout winning streak but found herself outgunned by the newest kid in the division. Back-to-back victories over two of the division’s toughest fighters have given Zamboanga momentum as she gears up for her bout with Lee.

“I didn’t expect that in my first bout with ONE Championship, I would be competing with a top contender, and then my second bout was with Mei Yamaguchi. As a newbie with ONE, I was surprised and amazed that I could face the top contenders so soon,” Zamboanga said, speaking through a translator to LowKick MMA.

“After the Yamaguchi bout, I gained a lot of self-esteem and confidence because Yamaguchi had faced [Angela] Lee twice. “

Fighting out of the world-renowned Fairtex Gym in Thailand, Zamboanga is currently unable to fully train due to the ongoing lockdown in the South East Asian nation.

Thankfully, she is still able to get some work in, with the help of her elder brother Drex— who is also one of her trainers.

“Unfortunately, the gyms are closed because of the lockdown, but I am trying to stay active every day. I am with my brother now, and he helps me to keep active. Everyday we train.

“For now, I am focusing on my striking because I cannot use the mats, so we train outside and do pad work.”

Some of the best strikers on the planet sharpen their tools at Fairtex. For Zamboanga, sparring with the likes of ONE Muay Thai Atomweight Champion Stamp Fairtex has played a massive role in her development as a fighter.

“When it comes to everyday training, I really enjoy the training, I have a lot of funny moments, especially with Stamp. We try to make training light by joking with each other, but when it comes to fight camp, everyone is serious and is very focused on training.

“It is an advantage for me being with Stamp, not just as a training partner but also as a friend. I have learned a lot from Stamp, especially in striking. It is a blessing to train at Fairtex and another blessing to train with Stamp Fairtex.

At the moment, Zamboanga is unsure when her title bout with Lee will take place, but when they do meet, she promises that Lee will face a different Zamboanga from the one who fought Yamaguchi.

“If you are going to watch all of my fights, I have shown different skills. It will be a different Denice Zumabnaogo that faces Angela Lee.”

Three years ago, Zamboanga turned down an offer from ONE, because she felt she needed time to develop as a fighter.

Now, with a title shot looming on the horizon, no one could deny that she used her time well.

Mike Tyson Trains With Vitor Belfort Ahead Of Comeback (Video)

Tyson BelfortTyson Training With Belfort Former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is continuing his comeback preparations. The 53-year-old is expected to make his highly-anticipated return to the sweet science in a charity match in the near future. Although there is no confirmed opponent as of now — though there are a number of options for him […]

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Tyson Training With Belfort

Former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is continuing his comeback preparations.

The 53-year-old is expected to make his highly-anticipated return to the sweet science in a charity match in the near future. Although there is no confirmed opponent as of now — though there are a number of options for him — Tyson continues to ramp up his training as he continues to look in great shape.

The latest includes him training alongside former UFC light heavyweight champion and current ONE Championship fighter Vitor Belfort.

You can watch a short snippet of them together doing stretches below:

Belfort also shared a message in the post of how Tyson inspired him back in the day.

“The youngest boxing champion with the youngest @ufc #mma champion.
@miketyson & @vitorbelfort ?????? — Mike, was my motivation to becoming the KING ? & record hold of most K.O in @ufc history since 1993″

It also appears that “The Phenom” is interested in doing something with Tyson, though it doesn’t seem to be for a boxing match. Both attended a recent AEW event recently, with Tyson making an appearance on the show.

“@miketyson @aewontnt @onechampionship @tonyrkhan @yodchatri let’s make it something happen!!! Awesome show just one idea!!! Please let me know what u guys think?”

As for Belfort, he is yet to make his ONE Championship debut despite signing with the promotion last year. However, he plans on making it soon with his opponent expected to be Alain Ngalani.

What do you make of Tyson and Belfort training together?