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Friday, June 15, 2012
A member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team, and a former co-owner of the Team Quest MMA facility, Heath Sims is now based in Singapore and is an instructor in wrestling and MMA at Evolve MMA.
Ole Laursen is a former kickboxer, a current MMA fighter, and owner of the Legacy Gym.
Lee Li, who is also our Asian correspondent, is the founder and editor of the web site MMA in Asia.
We spoke with them on June 3, the final day of the ONE Asia MMA Summit 2012.
"I think the most important part of this event was everyone came to together and realized the same vision of growing the sport here in Asia," said Heath Sims in his interview. "It's not a fantasy anymore -- it's happening." We also discussed the role of wrestling and wrestlers in MMA, his transition to living in Singapore, and more.
Ole Laursen discussed how MMA "is coming back home to Asia" and will have no limit, plans for him to fight in Manila, his new gym in the Philippines, and the importance of the ONE Asia MMA Summit 2012 as both a gym owner and a fighter.
Lee Li discussed the significance of the ONE Asia MMA Summit 2012, the need for gyms to develop fighters and prepare them properly to enter the professional ranks, the role of amateur MMA, the growth of MMA all over Asia, the possibility of ONE FC running an event in Japan, and what works in different countries.
In addition, we read and discuss the statement issued by Bibiano Fernandes, the Dream bantamweight champion, rebutting media reports which he called "false" which claimed that he had signed with the UFC.
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