Asian MMA promotion ONE FC has finally set the card for next weekend’s event in Singapore, but its inaugural featherweight title bout is conspicuously absent. ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings will stream live on the internet from Singapore Indoor Stadium—motto: corporate sponsor names don’t sound so stupid now, do they?—despite the promotion’s inability to find an opponent for Honorio Banario. The inaugural featherweight title bout has been postponed, in favor of fights between Kotetsu Boku and Zorobabel Moreira for the lightweight title, and Leandro Issa and Soo Chul Kim for the bantamweight strap.
Neither of those bouts will be the evening’s headliner, however. That distinction belongs to a non-title fight between French striker Arnaud Lepont and Japanese enemy of connective tissue Shinya Aoki. Aoki is coming off a first-round loss to Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 66 that snapped a seven-fight win streak; he will enjoy a significant advantage in experience over Arnaud, who has won his last six to improve his record to 9-1.
Rise of Kings will also feature veterans Melvin Manhoef and Jens Pulver, who is competing in the opening round of ONE FC’s bantamweight grand prix. It’s a busy night, is what we’re saying here, and at $9.99 it presents an enticing value even if it is not strictly relevant to the upper echelons of the sport.
The combination of Aoki, Manhoef and Asia alone makes ONE FC 6 like an MMA time machine that goes back seven years. Plus, there will probably be promotional segments involving Phil Baroni. Personally, I can’t afford not to buy. I’m also hoping they spend my ten bucks on whatever technology will enable them to finalize fight cards more than a week in advance.