OneFC: War Of Nations

 The OnFC entrance area and the Ring/cage where fighters meet and fight.
The OnFC entrance area and the Ring/cage where fighters meet and fight.

The long wait was over and after trending in social media, a month before it’s actual scheduled date, even after now, the results are still picking up on social media most specifically facebook and twitter. There were some upsets and unexpected results but that is how sports and mma specifically is all about, it’s unpredictable even you seem to know who will win at the back of your mind. As expected, One Fighting Championship organized it well with perfection. Congratulations to CEO Victor Cui and all OneFC Team that brough Onefc world class MMA fights here in Kuala Lumpur. Next stop is Manila on May 2014 so be sure to check more information about that by checking their website or their Facebook page.   

As much as I would go through the details about the fights from the events, this blog will only discuss my experience in shooting the event and not on details of who won and who lost during the fights, I may do that, but it’s not my main goal to write this blog. My goal is to write about my experience shooting the event and nothing more or less. Maybe a little bit of the shots I took.

To start with, I would like to thank Justin Ng of MOPSG (Ministry Of Photography Singapore) and most of All One Fighting Championship for allowing us to take photos from the VIP red carpet area and shooting the fights too.

This is my third time to shoot for OneFC event in Malaysia and this is also the third OneFC event in Malaysia. Needless to say that I was present in all those events, not just I am an mma fan but because I love to shoot this sport. Despite my limitations on the gears I use, It did not stop me from shooting it over and over again. It’s a fast paced sport coupled with a difficult shooting condition (unless you shoot near the cage). Only official Onefc photographers and some media photographers get to shoot near the ring itself and when shooting a little bit farther like what we always do, you need to have at least a full frame body camera and a fast lens. These details were mentioned at my previous onefc blog last March 2013.

The red carpet for VIPs has always been part of what we shoot in every event and here are some of the photos I took.

Here are the fight shots and some candids of the event.

 Saiful Merican celebrated his win over Khim Dima, raised a Malaysian flag bearing the words,
Saiful Merican celebrated his win over Khim Dima, raised a Malaysian flag bearing the words, “Pray for MH370”
 Herbert Burns tried to hit his knee to Harris Sarmiento's head while Harris is trying to protect himself
Herbert Burns tried to hit his knee to Harris Sarmiento’s head while Harris is trying to protect himself
 Arnaud Lepont makes his way to the ring with a mask and a Malaysian flag.
Arnaud Lepont makes his way to the ring with a mask and a Malaysian flag.
 Peter Davis was cheered by the whole stadium during his entrance to the ring.
Peter Davis was cheered by the whole stadium during his entrance to the ring.
 Sinichi Kojima locks Andrew Leone's leg as a counter from Andrew's kick.
Sinichi Kojima locks Andrew Leone’s leg as a counter from Andrew’s kick.
 Dae Hwan Kim and Kevin Belingon exchanged blows while referee Shimada looks carefully at them
Dae Hwan Kim and Kevin Belingon exchanged blows while referee Shimada looks carefully at them
 Team Lakay watched over Dae Hwan Kim as he and his team celebrated after Kim won over Team Lakay's Kevin Belingon. Kevin tapped out from a rear naked choke.
Team Lakay watched over Dae Hwan Kim as he and his team celebrated after Kim won over Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon. Kevin tapped out from a rear naked choke.
 Christine Hallauer made the event more exciting.
Christine Hallauer made the event more exciting.
 Nabutatsu Suzuki pounds Brock Larson with his fist while Brock was on his back defending.
Nabutatsu Suzuki pounds Brock Larson with his fist while Brock was on his back defending.
 Nabutatsu Suzuki celebrates as he was declared the first OneFC World Welterweight Champion
Nabutatsu Suzuki celebrates as he was declared the first OneFC World Welterweight Champion

To see more of the photos I took for this event and all other OneFC events check out my OneFC gallery. This is it for now and do subscribe on my mailing list to get updates on new posts.

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