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ONE Championship’s 15 MMA fighters who should be in action movies aside from Brandon Vera, Yoshihiro Akiyama

Aung La N Sang (©ONE Championship)

Aung La N Sang (©ONE Championship)

Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 42, of the Philippines and welterweight contender Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama, 44, of Japan and South Korea have already made names for themselves as mixed martial artists and actors. Aside from these two MMA veterans, ONE Championship has several potential movie stars in its roster.

After all, ONE Championship is dubbed the home of martial arts. Aside from Vera and Akiyama, here are 15 MMA fighters currently signed in the Singapore-based martial arts promotion who have what it takes to follow the footsteps of the late Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, 80, Jackie Chan, 66, Chow Yun-Fat, 64, Jean-Claude Van Damme, 59, Michelle Yeoh, 57, Jet Li, 56, and Zhang Ziy, 41:

 

#15 | Roshan Mainam

Roshan Mainam, 23, of India is a product of his home country’s oldest and most prestigious wrestling camp called Guru Hanuman Akhara. He is now a member of the prestigious Evolve Fight Team in Singapore.

 

#14 | Li Kai Wen

“The Underdog” Li Kai Wen, 24, of China started his wrestling training at a young age. He is training out of Tianjin Top Team in Tianjin, China.

 

#13 | Gina Iniong

Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 30, of the Philippines is the first ever female professional MMA fighter in her home country. She trains out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.

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#12 | Edward Kelly

Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 36, of the Philippines holds one of the fastest knockouts in the history of ONE Championship. He is also training at Team Lakay.

 

#11 | Shannon Wiratchai

Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai, 31, of Thailand is one of the fighters who pull off the most entertaining walkouts in ONE Championship. He is training out of Bangkok Fight Lab in Khlong Toei, Bangkok and Tiger Muay Thai in in Chalong, Mueang Phuket, Thailand.

 

#10 | Vitor Belfort

Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, 43, of Brazil joined ONE Championship in 2019. Competing in the light heavyweight division, he has yet to make his promotional debut.

 

#9 | Peng Xue Wen

Peng Xue Wen (彭学文), 24, of China started practicing kung fu and training in wrestling when he was a young boy. He is training out of Top-1 Fighting Club.

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#8 | Anthony Engelen

Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, 34, of Indonesia and the Netherlands started his kickboxing and taekwondo training when he was a young boy in Ermelo, Gelderland, Netherlands. He is training at Bali MMA in Dalung, Kuta Utara, Bali, Indonesia.

 

#7 | Ev Ting

Ev “E.T.” Ting, 30, of Malaysia and New Zealand has been competing professionally since 2011. The Malaysian-Kiwi fighter is training at Auckland MMA at the Pakuranga Heights in Auckland, New Zealand.

 

#6 | Geje Eustaquio

Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 31, of the Philippines reigned as the ONE Flyweight World Champion from June 23, 2018 to January 25, 2019. He is also a Team Lakay representative.

 

#5 | Sage Northcutt

Sage “Super” Northcutt, 24, of the U.S. is a multiple-time karate world champion. He is training out of Team Alpha Male in Sacramentro, California, USA and Evolve MMA.

 

#4 | Pieter Buist

Pieter “The Archangel” Buist, 32, of the Netherlands is of Dutch and Ghanaian descent and is a big fan of the late Bruce Lee and “Dragon Ball Z.” He is training out of Combat Brothers in Breda, Netherlands.

 

#3 | Eduard Folayang

Another Team Lakay pride, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang reigned as the ONE Lightweight World Champion twice. He held the title from November 11, 2016 to November 10, 2017 and from November 23, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

 

#2 | Aung La N Sang

“The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang (အောင်လအန်ဆန်း), 34, of Myanmar is the only MMA fighter in ONE Championship who currently holds two titles. Training at Hardknocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, he has been reigning as the promotion’s champion in middleweight since June 30, 2017 and in light heavyweight since February 23, 2018.

 

#1 | Rika Ishige

Aside from being one of the top atomweight MMA fighters in the world, Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, 31, of Thailand also has one of the most beautiful faces in MMA. She is of Thai and Japanese descent and is training out of Bangkok Fight Lab and Tiger Muay Thai.

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