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Saturday, March 24, 2012

No Holds Barred: Chatri Sityodtong Previews ONE FC War of the Lions March 31 Card 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Chatri Sityodtong, the founder and CEO of the top martial arts training organization in Asia, Evolve MMA.

Evolve MMA will have five fighters competing at the ONE FC: War of the Lions mixed martial arts card on Saturday, March 31, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

The main event will be a lightweight fight between Evolve MMA fighter and BJJ champion Zorobabel "Zoro" Moreira of Brazil against Felipe Enomoto of Japan, who is coming off a second-round stoppage of Ole Laursen at ONE FC 2 last month. Evolve MMA fighter Fabricio "Pitbull" Monteiro of Brazil, coming off a two-year layoff, will have a tough assignment when he faces DEEP champion Yuya Shirai of Japan in a welterweight bout. Evolve MMA fighter Nicole Chua from Singapore will be fighting in the first-ever ONE FC women's fight against Jeet Toshi, a kickboxing champion from India, at a catchweight of 44 kg. Evolve MMA fighter Eddie Ng, originally from Hong Kong and the U.K. but now based in Singapore, will face Malaysian Muay Thai champion Jian Kai Chee in a lightweight bout. And Evolve MMA fighter Yodsanan Sityodtong of Thailand, the former WBA super featherweight world champion, will try to demonstrate his transition from boxing to MMA in a bantamweight fight against Art of War veteran Jiang Long Yun of China.

This stacked card will also feature major fights involving Ole Laursen of Legacy Gym against URCC welterweight champion Eduard Folayang, both from the Philippines, in a highly-anticipated battle; DEEP light heavyweight champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi of Japan against Melvin Manhoef of Mike's Gym in the Netherlands, who always provides action; Dream star and DEEP champion Masakazu Imanari of Japan against URCC flyweight champion Kevin Belingon of the Philippines; Dream star Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri of Japan against American Donald Sanchez, who just regained the King of the Cage bantamweight championship; Quek Kim Hock against Juan Wen Jie, both from Singapore, in a lightweight fight; and American Richie Whitson of Team Quest against Danny van Bergen of Mike's Gym in the Netherlands.

We spoke with Chatri Sityodtong by Skype on Tuesday Singapore time (Monday New York time) to preview this important card.

"The whole ONE FC network has unified Asia in a way that's never been seen before, so that you truly can have the best fight the best in each country," he said during this interview.

We discussed both the prospects for the Evolve MMA fighters and their opponents, as well as the other fights on this card, and much more.

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