Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Crossfire Nation.
This is the fifth instalment of our annual Holidays story in which fighters, entertainers and other interesting personalities share their Christmas plans and New Years resolutions with our readers.
This year, our story includes Asia’s biggest promotion, ONE Championship, which has enjoyed a tremendous year of growth.
Polina Grace: I’m going to take a little rest over this holiday period because I like working. I work a lot but sometimes you need to just kind of chill out. My big resolution for 2018 is to really make my name as an artist known in Canada. It is a big one for me. I want to be be festival-ready for festivals come this summer. I don’t even know if I should say this because I don’t want to jinx myself and that comes my Eastern European side where I believe in superstition sadly (Laughs), but getting on the radio would be a pretty great accomplishment, and that’s something I’m striving for too.
No one in 2017 had the kind of success “The Situ-Asian” (10-1-0) enjoyed at ONE Championship. Three months after defeating Marat Gafurov for the featherweight belt, Nguyen became the company’s first two-division champ by dispatching Eduard Folayang in November for the lightweight crown.
Adriano Moraes unified the flyweight belt with an avenging victory over Kairat Akhmetov in August. The 28-year-old Brazilian “Black Diamond” then defended the belt with a submission win over Danny Kingad at ONE: Legends of the World in November.
We didn’t see the ONE heavyweight champion in the cage in 2017, but Vera (15-7-0, 1NC) made headlines nonetheless for the drama with Angela Magana. As he said in the video, we can expect “The Truth” to defend in 2018 as well as helping to expand Alliance MMA to the Philippines.
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Aung La Nsang (21-10-0, 1NC) tasted middleweight gold when he defeated Vitaly Bigdash at ONE: Light of a Nation in June. Now, with one defence under his belt, the 32-year-old “Burmese Python” told The Crossfire: “Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Wishing you and your family health, wealth and happiness. May the good Lord take care of you and family. I want to thank all my fans for the love and support and I promise you in 2018 I will put on the best fights and do everything in my power to make you all proud. Thank you.”
It was a disappointing year in the cage for “The Killapino” (1-5-0) as she came back from an injured arm to drop a decision to Gina Iniong at ONE: Kings of Destiny in April. However, as Hills indicated in the video, it’s still “mindset over matter” as she’s back to training and instructing at Langes MMA and looking to improve for her next fight in 2018.
Take care and enjoy the fights as we move towards 2018!