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Old 07-12-2012, 03:00 PM   #163
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Asian MMA: ONE FC 5 Rumors - 3 Gracies, Plus Champs From DREAM, URCC, and UFC?

There are several news and rumors floating around from the Asian MMA scene, so as always, here's a round up focusing on the upcoming ONE FC card:

* ONE Fighting Championship will be hosting their 5th event this August, in Manila, Philippines. Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes have already been announced to be part of the card, along with several other high-profile participants.

* No match ups have been officially announced, but Bloody Elbow has learned through various sources close to the situation, about multiple bouts that are currently in the works for the event.

* Three Gracies will be on the card, with Rolles, Gregor and Igor all competing. As for their rumored opponents, sources tell us that Gregor Gracie was offered to face Ray Elbe, who is a BJJ black belt and TUF veteran based in Asia. Verbal agreements have been reached, but as of a few days ago, negotiations on the finer details are still on-going, so contracts haven't been finalized, and there is still a very real chance it doesn't materialize.

If it pushes through though, it's a very interesting match up that already has a good story line. On ONE FC 4, Gracie was in a bout he was dominating, until Adam Kayoom managed to survive several near finishes to pull off a well earned decision victory. If the bout does get signed, he will be trying to rebound and take revenge against Elbe, who happens to be Kayoom's main cornerman and training partner.

* Another match up rumored to be in the works for the the card would be Phil Baroni taking on a BJJ World Champion in Rodrigo Ribeiro. The bout hasn't been finalized and is still very early in negotiations, but sources tell us that verbal agreements are already in place.

* Not really a rumor, but already confirmed by reliable parties for a slot on the card, is Jake Butler, an NCAA Division I wrestler who will be making his MMA debut after joining the famed Evolve MMA gym less than a year ago. No opponent has been announced, but he will be making his debut in the middleweight division.

* UFC vet, Antonio McKee is still looking to get that match up against Aoki. Here's what he told FightSportAsia: "It’s always a privilege to be asked to fight outside of the US. ONE FC has an amazing thing going right now and being a veteran in the sport it would be an honor to represent their brand and give ONE FC fans a taste of the MANDINGO MAGIC! ...I only want to fight top ranked fighters, McKee vs Aoki is long, long overdue! Mentally, I’ve already won that fight, just waiting on a contract to sign."

* The initial line up planned for the show, along with the added potential match ups mentioned above already guarantees that it will be the biggest Philippine MMA event in history, but it even looks like it will be bigger than expected.
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