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Mixed Martial Arts Championship @ Resorts World Sentosa

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Resorts World Sentosa has partnered with ESPN STAR Sports to present a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Championship.

Resorts World Sentosa Martial Combat has attracted some of the world’s top professional contenders in an adrenaline-pumping series of twelve events comprising 60 action-packed fights from May to October 2010.

Taking centre stage at the resort’s Compass Ballroom is the Martial Combat Cage, a custom designed cage where fighters will battle for glory. Measuring 9.8 meters in diameter, the Martial Combat Cage - the first of its kind in Singapore - is specially reinforced to manage the sheer force and power of the fights.

 Kicking off with the first fights on 12-13 May 2010, fighters trained in the various fields of martial arts including muay thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing and wrestling will battle for the coveted right to be named Asia’s champion.

Headlining the 12 May fight card will be former World Kickboxing Champion, Muay Thai Kings World Cup Champion, and one of the most respected fighters in Asia - Ole “Iron Fist” Laursen. “Iron Fist” will wage battle against the Brazilian sensation Eduardo “The EduCator” Pachu.

Also confirmed is 11-year fight veteran and Brazillian Ju Jitsu Mundial World Champion Leandro Issa. Issa currently calls Singapore home and is training out of the prestigious Evolve Mixed Martial Arts under the legendary instructor and Mundials BJJ Black Belt World Champion Rafael “Gordinho” Lima. Issa will face China’s top-ranked MMA fighter Yun Jiang Long.

The 13 May main event and SuperFight Championship will showcase Singapore’s very own MMA sensation – Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson. “The Dragon” brings a string of 16 international wins and has earned a reputation at a talented fight tactician. He will be facing Taiwanese undisputed and reigning three-year Sanda Champion (since 2008) Zhang Jing Xong.

The only MMA event officially recognized and sanctioned by two governing bodies in the martial arts scene, the Asian Mixed Martial Arts Federation (AMMAF) and the World Martial Arts Federation of Singapore, the series is expected to receive an unprecedented amount of television coverage with over 200 hours broadcast to over 300 million viewers in 24 countries across Asia.

 Mr Adam Zecha, Executive Vice President, Head of Sales, SE Asia, ESPN STAR Sports, said, “We are delighted to join hands with Resorts World Sentosa in a 3-year partnership to create stage and broadcast Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts event right here in Singapore. The inaugural Martial Combat is a great sports entertainment initiative which has the potential of becoming a signature sporting event in Asia. As Asia’s top sports content provider, ESPN STAR Sports constantly strives to broaden the horizons and the reach of sports around the world and we are confident of delivering a world-class production that will help strengthen the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts in Asia.”

Tickets vary in price from Sin$50 all the way up to Sin$ 300, excluding the $3 Sistic booking fee.

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