john joe - from what i hear, ONE FC has good ticket sales but the online PPV has been almost nonexistent and so there has been a rethink and a policy change towards local regional markets rather than a worldwide audience - why spend tens of thousands of dollars bringing in Babulu, Arlovski etc when you can sell just as many tickets filling the card with local guys?
Out in Malaysia, guys like Peter Davis and Adam Kayoom are probably bigger names than Arlovksi or Baroni or Babalu and if the PPV numbers aren't good then why bother bringing in expensive overseas fighters when you can fill a stadium with locals?
So now you will notice that the expensive internationals like Arlovski, Silva, Manhoef etc are going to be absent from the cards and One FC will devolve into a regional show albeit maybe one that brings in rising overseas talent. Because fights like Arlovski vs Sylvia IV ended up being basically a free treat for US fans who were interested while the local fans werent really that bothered
theres some shit-hot talent in One FC still, like Zorobabel Moreira, but you've got to think that eventually they are gonna move stateside if their records get good enough
True regarding local fighters and whatnot, but as long as the events are still exciting and new talent comes through a la Zoro, One FC will keep growing in Asia and that's all that matters for now.
Beyond that, they're ambitious. Wouldn't rule them out. And while we're seeing fights like Ole/Folayang, I couldn't care less if the Arlovski's and Sylvia's and whoever else rock up in Singapre to throw down. We're still getting great fights from these "local boys"
Andrew Leone vs. Roy Docyogen NEEDS to happen though. Unshackle the Leone; the flyweight who beat the current bantamweight champ in 20 seconds and went 1-1 with Road FC champ / UFC bantamweight Kang