ONE Championship heads to Oceania for Road To One: Australia in search of the next light heavyweight star in mixed martial arts.
In partnership with BEAST Championship Queensland, the martial arts organization has set up Road To ONE: Australia, which kicks off on October 8 at the Gladstone Show Grounds.
The tournament will feature a field of four players, with the winner pocketing a US$100,000 contract with ONE Championship.
BEAST Championship CEO Jason Hoad in an interview with ONE Championship said the Oceania region has untapped potential for MMA talent. He added that it’s only a matter of time before the next big MMA star emerges from his territories.
“The talent pool in the Oceania region is very large. The professional talent we have, in my honest opinion, is on par with or above the greatest MMA athletes in the world today. You only need to look at the number of Australian MMA and grappling champions to give you an idea of the immense talent flowing through the ranks in our region.
“We also have some of the toughest Muay Thai and kickboxing fighters on the planet, so it’s my vision to help bring as many of these athletes into ONE Championship. [as possible].”
The tournament semi-finals will take place at BEAST Championship 11, with the bracket itself to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Road To ONE: Australia to feature the continent’s best fighters
The continent’s biggest names in MMA are set to grace Road To ONE: Australia, making the four-man competition an absolute treat for fight fans not just in Australia, but the wider global audience.
Priscus Fogagnolo, Lyle Karam, Isi Fitikefu and Harry Grech will take part in the tournament, essentially creating a competition to see who the best Australian light heavyweight is.
Fogagnolo is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo black belt who not only grinds his opponents with his grappling hook, but also knocks them cold when he wants. ‘The Tassie Devil’ boasts an 11-1 record, with six submissions and four knockouts to his name.
Fitikefu is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu brown belt and has titles in Eternal MMA, Superfight MMA and Rogue MMA. The Sydney native enters the tournament with a perfect 7-0 record and an impressive 71% finish rate.
Grech is another grappling expert holding black belts in BJJ and judo. But he used an effective striking game in his transition to MMA to earn two knockout victories in his first two fights.
Rounding out the pack is Karam from South Africa. “Krusher” fights primarily in his home country and Australia while amassing a 7-1 record.