ONE Championship™ (ONE) athletes competing at ONE: BIG BANG, which broadcasts live at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 4 December, spoke to the media ahead of their respective bouts.
Speaking with flyweight contender/ONE Commentator Gianni Subba, submission grappling icon and undefeated #5-ranked featherweight contender Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon, kickboxing megastar Marat Grigorian, and Filipina veteran Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres all took time to talk about their upcoming bouts.
Tonon appeared calm and ready for his battle with #3-ranked featherweight and former ONE World Title challenger Koyomi Matsushima this Friday night. The confident American was more than happy to speak with the media on a wide range of topics.
Tonon touched on subjects such as working on his constantly improving standup game, his thoughts on the recent featherweight world title showdown between Martin Nguyen and Thanh Le, his goals for the next year, and the thought process of visualizing victory and defeat inside the Circle.
What’s more, Tonon tackled the idea of moving up to lightweight to challenge Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki in a mixed martial arts match, and also how he would fare in a grappling match against Russian legend Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov!
Find out all that Garry Tonon had to say in the complete interview, linked below.
One of the best kickboxers in the world, Marat Grigorian is ready to face Ivan Kondratev in his ONE Super Series debut this Friday night. Speaking with the media, Grigorian talked about tougher challenges he will face in ONE Championship, navigating a COVID-19 world, a possible rematch with Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong, and his thoughts on facing his friend Giorgio Petrosyan in the ONE Championship ring.
Filipina ONE Championship veteran Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres faces Indian wrestling champion Ritu Phogat at ONE: BIG BANG, and she was more than happy to speak with the media ahead of her much-anticipated return to the ONE Circle. Torres was all smiles as she talked about her preparations for this upcoming bout, working on her skills to further her career, and her thoughts on her next opponent.
Speaking with flyweight contender/ONE Commentator Gianni Subba, #3-ranked featherweight contender Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima, heavyweight division newcomer Amir Aliakbari, Indian wrestling champion Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat, and former ONE World Title challenger Rene “D’Challenger” Catalan all took time to talk about their upcoming bouts.
Japan’s Matsushima could very well earn himself another shot at the ONE Featherweight World Title should he defeat his next opponent. Matsushima touched on a variety of topics ahead of his next bout, including potentially facing Martin Nguyen in a rematch, or challenging Thanh Le for the belt, his upcoming bout against an improving Garry Tonon, and the difficulties he experienced in training in the midst of a pandemic.
New heavyweight entrant Aliakbari is one of the most polarizing individuals on the ONE roster. He’s built a reputation for himself as a powerful and dominant finisher, with designs on the ONE Heavyweight World Championship. Aliakbari talked about this particular training camp in preparation for his ONE debut, what fans can expect from him after months of inactivity, his experience so far working with ONE, and his thoughts on a stacked heavyweight division.
Indian wrestling champion Phogat is up for the toughest test of her career so far against a veteran Filipina athlete. Phogat spoke to media about her steadily-improving striking skills working with her Evolve MMA Head Coach and a former Filipino boxing world champion, her efforts to adapt her wrestling to mixed martial arts, her upcoming bout against veteran Jomary Torres, and the impact the film Dangal has had on her life.
Former ONE World Title challenger Catalan is happy to be back inside the ONE Circle. The Filipino martial arts pioneer talked about his upcoming showdown with Bokang Masunyane, his desire to reach #1 contendership once more, his preparations in the midst of a COVID-19 world, and developing his young athletes at Catalan Fighting System.
Complete Card for ONE: BIG BANG
Roman Kryklia vs. Murat Aygun (ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship)
Koyomi Matsushima vs. Garry Tonon (mixed martial arts – featherweight)
Marat Grigorian vs. Ivan Kondratev (ONE Super Series kickboxing – featherweight)
Amir Aliakbari vs. TBC (mixed martial arts – heavyweight)
Bokang Masunyane vs. Rene Catalan (mixed martial arts – strawweight)
Ritu Phogat vs. Jomary Torres (mixed martial arts – atomweight)
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