Taiwan trio to compete in One FC: War of Dragons
By George Liu
Taiwan News, Staff Reporter
2014-06-30 09:18 AM

One Fighting Championship: War of Dragons is coming to Taiwan! On July 11, One FC War of Dragons will be held at the National Taiwan University Sports Center in Taipei at 6:30 PM. It will be the first ever international major league mixed martial art (MMA) competition held in Taiwan. Three local fighters have been added to the fight card in the Welterweight, Lightweight, and Bantamweight categories.

Welterweight fighter Jeff Huang is a Shotokan karateka who trained originally at Sei Kokoro Dojo in Taipei. His first trip to Brazil convinced him to become a professional MMA athlete and he spent multiple subsequently trips earning his blue belt in Brazilian Jujutsu (BJJ). Huang has spent time training in the U.S., both on the East Coast and on the West Coast at the American Kickboxing Academy. In One FC War of Dragons, Huang is looking for a stand-up fight. He said the reason he cut weight to fight in this weight class is to capitalize on his height and reach advantage. Even though his opponent is a highly regarded boxer in India, Huang feels he has the faster hands and is happy to take the fight to the ground if need be.

In the Lightweight division, Zhang Zheng Jie is an undefeated MMA fighter. He is also a Sanda and Sambo champion and a former Marine in the Taiwanese military. Even though he sees himself as a striker, he also has a well-rounded ground game as evidenced by his two MMA wins, one by real naked choke and one by kimura. When asked about his opponent, Zhang stated that he has not given it much thought. For him, continuing with his normal training regimen is key. He does not want to be overwhelmed by the atmosphere of One FC War of Dragons and he realizes he will psyche himself out if he concentrates too much on his opponent’s strategy. Zhang feels the most important part of this fight is not winning but learning from the experience.

Sung Ming Yen will be competing in the Bantamweight division. Sung started out in Tae Kwan Do and is seen as a pioneer in Taiwan’s MMA industry. He wants to trade strikes with his opponent mainly because he thinks KO by punch or kick look the best. His best case scenario is a head kick KO. He obviously does not want to be taken to the mat but, as a BJJ bluebelt, he feels he has the skills to triumph in any position. The one thing that worries Sung is that his opponent is younger than he is so may have more gas in the tank if the fight goes long.

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