SINGAPORE: Vice-president of Just one Championship and former Supreme Preventing Championship (UFC) star Rich Franklin on Monday (Jun 19) fired the hottest salvo in an ongoing war of words amongst the latter US-based mostly mixed martial arts (MMA) advertising organization and its Asian rival.
Final Saturday following UFC’s second Singapore exhibit, senior vice-president Joe Carr described Just one as a grassroots league for fighters to migrate to the UFC from. He also stated previously in the 7 days that evaluating Just one to UFC was like pitting nearby Southeast Asian soccer leagues from the English Leading League.
“These audio like remarks from someone who does not do business enterprise on this aspect of the globe that usually,” Franklin, 42, told Channel NewsAsia. “They do a single exhibit at a time we spent a long time establishing expertise over in this article.”
“We’re the competitor to them and we put on a good exhibit. Our exhibit is quality from start out to end. Our fighters are globe course from start out to end.”
The the latest UFC function captivated over eight,400 spectators to the Singapore Indoor Stadium, up from over 5,two hundred for its initially gig in this article in 2014 at Marina Bay Sands. Just one Championship, which has staged all its Singapore shows at the Indoor Stadium, drew numbers in the region of six,000 when it inaugurated in 2011 but has claimed sold-out attendances in the twelve,000-potential stadium because late 2015.
“That’s the change amongst a single organisation coming in this article to put on a exhibit, and another organisation functioning on this aspect of the globe,” stated Franklin, who joined Just one in April 2014.
“Clearly, we have been over in this article performing owing diligence, placing the tough do the job in, and people today know this brand name in this article – not just simply because of the brand name alone but simply because we’re also setting up nearby heroes in this article.”
“In Singapore we have an atomweight (52kg) winner who’s 50 %-Singaporean and the crowd’s taken to her not just simply because of her nationality but simply because of her skill level,” he additional, referring to ONE’s increasing star Angela Lee, who was born in Vancouver and lifted in Hawaii to a Singaporean father and South Korean mother.
Winner VS Winner?
UFC’s Carr also commented on Lee very last 7 days, stating that the 20-year-old was not yet UFC-normal and “a very long way” from competing from Joanna Jędrzejczyk, the UFC’s winner strawweight (also 52kg underneath a unique ruleset).
But Franklin, himself a UFC middleweight winner from 2005 to 2006, stated he “absolutely” disagreed.
“Quite frankly, I would stack any a single of our champions in this article from any winner in the globe,” he declared, singling out the undefeated Lee as properly as welterweight titleholder Ben Askren and bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes.
“If you observe any of our shows, I’m guaranteed their expertise speaks volumes for what they’re able of performing.”
Franklin also pointed to a reaction to Carr built by Just one chairman Chatri Sityodtong, inviting Jędrzejczyk to step in the cage with Lee as shortly as upcoming month.
“I would enjoy to see that. I assume Angela would do a lot more than just hold her possess from their winner,” stated Franklin, who compiled a file of 29 wins and seven losses in advance of contacting time in 2015 on a profession which began back in 1999.
“And all of this is just a single man’s belief – you can glimpse at the monitor file of the athletes and decide for oneself.”
Earlier in June, UFC fighter Michelle Waterson remarked that Lee was “not competing at the similar level as athletes” in the UFC.
“It appears like every particular person in that organisation is just repeating the similar assertion over and over and regurgitating it for the media,” stated Franklin. “You can maintain stating the similar factor and I’ll maintain stating the similar factor back.”
His fellow Just one vice-president Loren Mack also dismissed additional remarks by Waterson on Lee getting “not incredibly properly-known” outdoors of Asia.
“Angela’s transcending barriers and bringing in a mainstream viewers outdoors of MMA,” he stated.
“She’s woman, Asian and a fighter: It is simply because of what she signifies which is why she’s so preferred, let on your own getting an unbelievable fighter.”