As the Asian promotion has grown so has the quality of the fighters. We take a look at 10 of the best MMA stars signed by One FC in 2014.
The signing of ten-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Roger Gracie is without a doubt the biggest signing made by the Asian promotion this year. Gracie was signed back in August, but he will only make his debut on 5 December against another UFC veteran James McSweeney. Even if he doesn’t win a single fight, having a member of the Gracie family on the fighters’ roll is a huge win for the promotion. With that said, we would put money on the light heavyweight legend adding a few more wins to his 6-2-0 MMA record.
The Polish fighter has a 10-0-0 record and those 10 professional wins have been evenly split between knockouts and submissions. The light heavyweight won his last five fights before making the switch from Professional MMA League after making his pro debut late in 2012. Pasternack has yet to make his One FC debut, but as the first Pole in the promotion he’ll be aiming to make an impression when he does.
Warren De Reuck
London-based South African welterweight Warren De Reuck has a 6-0-0 professional record. He has done most of his fighting in the UK’s Ultimate Challenge MMA promotion. Of his six wins, four were knockouts and two were submissions. The South African brings his Shorin-Ryu karate expertise to MMA. He was supposed to make his debut at Battle of Lions, however, his bout against Dwayne Hinds was postponed.
Kazakh middleweight Igor Svirid wasted no time making his name at One FC, defeating favourite Leandro Ataides to become the first middleweight champion in the promotion. The 28-year-old, who came into the fight as an underdog, took just 17 seconds to take his pro record to 10-1-0. While unknown outside the Russian Federation before the title fight, the ruthlessness Svirid showed in his fight against Ataides means he is a fighter to watch. Ataides has vowed to reclaim the championship, ensuring at more brutal match-ups in the middleweight division.
Timofey Nastyukhin is a Russian 24-year-old who already has a 7-1-0 record with his only loss recorded four years ago in his very first pro fight. Nastyukhin has a well earned reputation as a deadly finisher after winning all seven of his bouts with first round finishes. The lightweight will make his promotional debut when he faces off against home favourite Eduard Folayang at the Warriors's Way event in December, but based on his record to date, it won't be an easy win for the Pinoy fighter.
English MMA star James McSweeney is no stranger to fighting in front of a crowd, having fought in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, in Cage Rage and BAMMA. The 34-year-old, whose nickname is The Sledgehammer, has a background in kickboxing. He trained in Muay Thai in Thailand before he was out of his teens and then made the transition to MMA on his return to England. McSweeney is a seasoned veteran with a 15-11-1 record. He will be making his One FC debut against Roger Gracie, in what promises to be a brutal and thrilling match-up.
Ukrainian heavyweight Igor Subora has a 5-1-0 record and is currently on a five win streak. Sambo fighter Subora's nickname is Sugar Free. The former URCC heavyweight titlist has secured all five of his victories by knockout or submission. Subora took a two year hiatus from MMA between 2011 and 2013. On his return at the end of 2013 he knocked out his opponent Marcus Valda in just 27 seconds. He will face off against former UFC star Brandon Vera in the One FC cage on 5 December.
Chi Lewis Parry
Former basketball star Chi Lewis Parry (pictured) has silenced all those who doubted his transition between sporting codes, posting a 6-0-0 record since going pro. The six-foot-nine Englishman made the move to One FC at the start of 2014 after trying out various promotions. Parry is also a UCMMA K1 kickboxing champion with a professional record of seven wins to zero losses. Parry's debut in One FC was unfortunate when his fight with Alain Ngalani was ruled 'no contest' after an accidental low blow by Parry. The heavyweight redeemed himself when he won the rematch with a TKO at the War of Dragons event.
Featherweight Rob 'Ruthless' Lisita, has a record of 14-7-0 with just one win and two losses while fighting in the One FC promotion. The 31-year-old has made up for his late start (he only made the switch from rugby to MMA in his mid-twenties) by fighting anyone he can. The Australian has been known to fight above his weight class for the experience. The featherweight has become known for his strength and submission skills. Although he is on a two-loss streak, the Australian's goal of being the One FC featherweight champion doesn't seem unobtainable.
Indonesian fighter Fransino Tirta has an impressive 16-0-1 record including two hard fought One FC victories. The bantamweight has put his training in Brazilian Jiujitsu, Japanese Jiujitsu, Sanda, Boxing, and Wrestling to good use and is currently on a
17-match winning streak. Known as 'The Pitbull', Tirta spent three years away from the ring before defeating Sami Amin in just over a minute at the Era of Champions event in June. The 33-year-old is an instructor to young MMA hopefuls in Indonesia when he isn't training for fights.