Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Floyd Mayweather signs to Rizin FF ONE Championship invests in Esports

Right off the bat the biggest story in Asian MMA this week is Floyd Money Mayweather fighting in Rizin FF against Kickboxing champion Tenshin Nasukawa. As of this recording, there has not been a rule set announced, but I would be surprised if it were anything other than boxing or some variant of boxing.

Angela Lee has pulled out of her main event title fight at ONE Championship Heart of the Lion this weekend as she has injured a disk in her back that is causing a lot of pain and hindering her training.

That moves the co-main event bantamweight unification bout between Bibiano Fernandes and Kevin Belingon to main event status. That is a fairly strong card for Singapore though and despite losing the draw of Angela Lee in a champion vs champion bout it's still a good card and should be fun.

In other massive news, ONE Championship has announced that they will hold both a lightweight and flyweight Grand Prix in 2019, and of course, recently signed talents of Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson will play key roles in both those tournaments.

At the ONE Championship summit this week Sage Northcutt was spotted in attendance, could there be another announcement to come? Let’s see.

It doesn’t stop there… ONE Championship has announced they will be investing 50 Million into e-sports. In my first episode, I had talked about how esports might be a consideration for Mighty Mouse to make the move over, but I had not at all expected it to be with ONE itself. 50 Million is a massive investment and that could instantly put ONE at the top of the e-sports space in Southeast Asia.

Over the weekend at FMD 16: Big Trouble in Little Bangkok they also dipped their toes into the e-sports space with a Tekken match between Malaysian MMA fighters Peter Davis and Nik Harris, both of whom have worked to expand their brand outside of MMA.

At that same FMD event, Glen Sparv was able to pick up the FMD middleweight championship against a game Mehdi Bagari and Amp Boonsorn handed Thai Women's MMA standout Loma Lookboonmee her first loss to claim the inaugural FMD Woman's atomweight championship.

At Road FC 50 in Daejeon South Korea Lee Jeong-Yeong was able to secure the victory and bring home the Road FC Featherweight title from the champion Choi Mu-Gyeom via unanimous decision.

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