If you’re a MMA fan One Championship Warrior Series 5 on ANZAC day is definitely worth tuning in to; with many of our local athletes making their debuts on one of the biggest MMA promotions in the world.
One Championship offers content for martial arts fans with a strong focus on respect, discipline and building local heroes, a real alternative to the loud and brash in your face fight content of the UFC (which i also love).
Australia/NZ number one bantamweight Alan Philpott will return to action for the first time since his win over local legend Gustavo Falcoreli on ACB 88 last year. He takes on the tough South Korean Road FC veteran Min Jong Song. The experience advantage goes to Philpott who with 27 pro fights so far, has an extra 11 fights to draw on.
One of Australia's top Middleweights, 30 fight veteran Rick Alchin will look to back up his last win over Shane Mitchell (when he took out the Diamondback FC Middleweight Championship Belt) when he takes on Japanese Koji Shikuwa.
Brace veteran Cam Rowston comes in as a strong underdog against Iranian wrestling specialist Mehdi Bagheri, who is looking to rebound from the first loss of his pro career at the hands of one of the regions best, Glen Sparv at Full Metal Dojo.
One of the most experienced Welterweights on the local scene, New Zealand's Kieran Joblin a veteran of over 30 fights on promotions such as XFC as well as international shows ACB and Pancrase is looking for a new home at ONE but first needs to get past JD Harwick, who will be making his 4th appearance on ONE Warrior Series.
Kristy Obst who after some amateur experience on Eternal will make her pro debut against the Tiger Muay Thai trained Claudia Diaz.
Opening the event is undefeated Team Perosh Flyweight Philip Kim will face his toughest test to date taking on South Korean Taeho Park.
Download the ONE Championship App to see the full event free from 5.30PM 25th April (Adelaide time).
- April 23, 2019
- Mana Heasley