SINGAPORE - After their last Singapore event was marred by fighters failing to make weight, it was relief for One Championship as all 18 competitors stayed within their weight classes on Thursday, one day before their latest show, titled Ascent to Power.
The nine-bout event, featuring two main title fights, takes place on Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
With a new weigh-in system, comprising multiple weighings leading up to fight night rather than the usual one-off weigh-in, in place, organisers told The Straits Times they are confident no one will drop out.
The fighters face one last weigh-in at 1pm on Friday, six hours before fight night.
The athletes were paraded at Ascent to Power's official face-off on Thursday evening at The Cathay, as a crowd of about 200 formed to take in the proceedings.
Trash-talking, a custom in the mixed martial fight scene, was in full flow as the fighters paraded their sculpted bodies on stage.
Popular fighter Angela Lee, of Singaporean and Korean descent, walked out to the loudest cheers. Angela, 19, will take on Japan's Mei Yamaguchi, 33, in One Championship's first-ever women's title bout for the atomweight belt.
Responding to her opponent's jibe that the belt is headed for Japan, Lee said: "I'm sorry Mei but the belt is staying in Singapore."
Roger Gracie, who will compete in the inaugural light heavyweight fight, the fight card's other co-main event, said to his Polish opponent: "I'm here to disappoint (you)."
One Championship's last event here, titled Pride of Lions, was marred by Brazilian Luis Santos failing to make weight for his welterweight title bout against Ben Askren.
Santos' compatriot Yago Bryan also did not make weight for his strawweight title clash against Thailand's Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.