Press Release: Lisita Promises All-Action Fight VS Kawanago in One FC Rise of Heroes

Monday, March 31, 2014

     Who here loves watching martial arts? I grew up watching my brothers play martial arts and sometimes I join them in some kind of wrestling. Since I have two brothers who are stronger than me, I always end up crying because of the pain that I felt from our so-called wrestling. What more if you see a real kind of wrestling in front of you, live action  with the best fighters from mixed martial arts organization? I'm sure this fight will be one of the most memorable fight in your entire life. So to all the MMA- mixed martial arts fanatics, here's one fight that you shouldn't miss! These fighters will be showing their skills on the cage at ONE FC Rise of Heroes on May 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena. To know more about the fighters and this exciting event, click CONTINUE READING!
Lisita Promises All-Action Fight VS Kawanago in One FC Rise of Heroes 
     Australian featherweight contender Rob “Ruthless” Lisita has promised a great, all-action fight against former Legend FC Featherweight champion Yusuke Kawanago, a battle “which the fans will truly enjoy,” on May 2in ONE Fighting Championship’s Rise of Heroes at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena.

  “Fans can expect ruthless aggression, a dog fight, a good scrap,” Lisita said as he seeks revenge against his former tormentor who won via a close decision when the two brawled in August 2012 under another MMA organization.

   After that fight, which Lisita believed he won, the Australian has won three in a row, all by way of stoppage. In his last bout, he was the first fighter to ever beat Japanese mixed martial arts legend “Lion” Takeshi Inoue via stoppage.

  He said MMA fans will enjoy it more this time. “Our first fight was good; we have both improved, we are gonna trade punches, and I always come to fight. It’s gonna be a great fight.”

   Lisita sees his winning streak intact after May 2 as he predicts a victory over Kawanago. “I’m gonna put my fist on his chin and get my hand raised. I believe I have the power to knock him out; but it’s a fight anything can happen. I will do my best, and I think my best is better than his best.”

   Since his fight with Kawanago, the Australian has done nearly all his training camps at Phuket Top Team, considered one of the best MMA training facilities in Asia today, which gave him access to quality sparring partners and coaching instructors.

   “I have grown more in every aspect of mixed martial arts and have shown it in my fights. I am so motivated for this fight,” he said, adding: “I’m a different animal now. It’s my time.”

   Lisita’s style is expected to please the fans as he carries his aggressiveness to the cage and will not hesitate to bring the fight to his opponent. That’s the reason he got the monicker “Ruthless.” In his own words, Lisita calls himself a “pitbull, someone who attacks and will fight to the death.”

    He said the fans can expect a ruthless Lisita on May 2. “I don't know any other way.”

   If Lisita needed any more motivation for his bout against Kawanago, he received it at the press conference at the MOA last March 18. While on the podium for his turn to talk, the Japanese confidently stated that his opponent is not as good as him and that he will knock him out on May 2. That obviously got Lisita hot under the collar and the duo had an intense staredown after the press conference. 

  Speaking to reporters after the press conference, Lisita said: “I think those words (of Kawanago) are spoken out of fear. We trained together after our first fight. He knows who the better guy is and I’ll prove it when I knock him out.”

     Both fighters have a habit of putting on exciting bouts and many pundits believe this bout has the potential to steal the show. Lisita agrees with the assessment, putting down a challenge to Kawanago “I’m going to be standing in the middle ready to stand and trade. Will you meet me there, or will you be scared and run?”

     Both fighters are new acquisitions by ONE FC as the organization secures the top mixed martial arts fighters across the world. They will be looking to make an immediate impact in the ONE FC Featherweight division as a victory will propel them to the shortlist of contenders for the World Championship belt currently held by Japanese Koji Oishi.

     For Rob, signing with ONE FC is a dream as he gets to chase a world championship. “Everything about ONE FC is world-class. The production, the people, the fans, it's all a whole new world to me and I can't wait to showcase just what I can do. After this fight in May everybody will be talking about Rob Lisita and calling for me to fight for the title.” 

About ONE FC
With a 90%+ market share in Asia, ONE Fighting Championship is Asia's largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Fighting Championship™ has partnered with FOX and STAR Sports for an unprecedented 10-year cable television deal with a coverage that spans 70+ countries across the world.


  1. Hope to see you on May 2, Kath! I'll be watching the fights! :)

    1. Hi Czjai, hope to see you din but I'm not 100% sure baka si Hubby lang manuod if ever. Talagang fan ka ng MMA :)) Ako naman bet ko maging kasing medyo-muscular ni Jujeath :)

  2. I'm not quite a big fan of fights, but what I like is that at every beginning of a fight, each of participant start to said ungly words to each other. Sometimes, I'm thinking that they should focus on their self, not on the other one. It's nice to see them in the interview that they are the best and they will win the batle, but not all the time is true. Sometimes, they got so fully of themself that they loose because of them..

    1. I'm also not a fan of big fight, it's because of the hubby that's why I got interested on them. Yes, I agree with you that some fighters are boastful and threatening to their opponents at first then after the fight they will lose.

    2. I bet this will be a very great fight, the anticipated one. :)

  3. This is an exciting battle and MMA is making it's mark in the country.

    1. Yes sir Franc. I'm not a fan of MMA talaga but when I witnessed our fighters during the open media workout, I want to watch it over and over again!

  4. I love to see and do fights.I am a big MMA fan actually :D

    1. Wow! I'm sure you always watch fights on television. Have you watched your favorite fighters live?

  5. im not really into this but i would love to try watching it. it sounds interesting

    1. Same here but because I'm trying to stay fit and healthy watching these fighters during their open media workout makes me want to achieve their muscular bodies.


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