Koyomi Matsushima, Amir Aliakbari, Ritu Phogat, and Rene Catalan Virtual Media Day 1 Interviews for ‘ONE: BIG BANG’
30 November 2020 – Singapore: ONE Championship™ (ONE) athletes competing at ONE: BIG BANG, which broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 4 December, spoke to the media ahead of their respective bouts.
Speaking with flyweight contender/ONE Commentator Gianni Subba, #3-ranked featherweight contender Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima, heavyweight division newcomer Amir Aliakbari, Indian wrestling champion Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat, and former ONE World Title challenger Rene “D’Challenger” Catalan all took time to talk about their upcoming bouts.
Japan’s Matsushima could very well earn himself another shot at the ONE Featherweight World Title should he defeat his next opponent. Matsushima touched on a variety of topics ahead of his next bout, including potentially facing Martin Nguyen in a rematch, or challenging Thanh Le for the belt, his upcoming bout against an improving Garry Tonon, and the difficulties he experienced in training in the midst of a pandemic.
New heavyweight entrant Aliakbari is one of the most polarizing individuals on the ONE roster. He’s built a reputation for himself as a powerful and dominant finisher, with designs on the ONE Heavyweight World Championship. Aliakbari talked about this particular training camp in preparation for his ONE debut, what fans can expect from him after months of inactivity, his experience so far working with ONE, and his thoughts on a stacked heavyweight division.
Indian wrestling champion Phogat is up for the toughest test of her career so far against a veteran Filipina athlete. Phogat spoke to media about her steadily-improving striking skills working with her Evolve MMA Head Coach and a former Filipino boxing world champion, her efforts to adapt her wrestling to mixed martial arts, her upcoming bout against veteran Jomary Torres, and the impact the film Dangal has had on her life.
Former ONE World Title challenger Catalan is happy to be back inside the ONE Circle. The Filipino martial arts pioneer talked about his upcoming showdown with Bokang Masunyane, his desire to reach #1 contendership once more, his preparations in the midst of a COVID-19 world, and developing his young athletes at Catalan Fighting System.
Complete Card for ONE: BIG BANG
Roman Kryklia vs. Murat Aygun (ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship)
Koyomi Matsushima vs. Garry Tonon (mixed martial arts – featherweight)
Marat Grigorian vs. Ivan Kondratev (ONE Super Series kickboxing – featherweight)
Amir Aliakbari vs. TBC (mixed martial arts – heavyweight)
Bokang Masunyane vs. Rene Catalan (mixed martial arts – strawweight)
Ritu Phogat vs. Jomary Torres (mixed martial arts – atomweight)