Top 10 Asian MMA photos

 is an Asian MMA journalist who has a fine eye for action shots…

lets take a look at 10 of his best along with his description of the photo captured

Please note that there has been some AMAZING photo’s taken inside the Asian MMA community – these just happen to all be from Anton so we compiled a list of his personal top 10


10)  Nicholas Mann jumping around at URCC 21. Mann, the current URCC Light Heavyweight Champion, defeated URCC Middleweight Kingpin, Froilan Sarenas in a super-fight to which headlined the event. Right before the match started, he kept jumping up and down in his corner, so I decided to take a series of photos of it, and pieced them all together to produce this photo.


9)  Mark Striegl celebrates after a dominant win. The young Filipino-American fighter in Striegl walked around with the Philippine flag after dispatching of his opponent at URCC 21. The talented grappler established himself as one of the top featherweights in the region as he went a perfect 6-0 in 2012, competing in promotions such as PXC, Legend FC, MFC, URCC, and DARE, to improve his overall record to 12-0.



8) Jens Pulver, after taking a brutal kick to the groin. This was during ONE FC 5 in Manila, during the quarter finals of the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix. After two entertaining rounds where he scrapped with Chinese prospect, Ya Fei Zhao, Pulver took one of the nastiest shots to the groin I’ve ever seen. Pulver was down for several minutes and was in such extreme pain, that he was even stretchered out of the cage. As he wasn’t able to continue, the fight went to the judges scorecards, and Pulver was awarded the technical decision, advancing him to the semifinals of their BWGP.



7) Kotetsu Boku silences crowd after impressive comeback. Kotetsu “No Face” Boku fought for the inaugural ONE FC lightweight title last October, against the highly regarded fighter in Zorobabel Moreira. The Evolve MMA product has been on a devastating streak prior to the contest, and many thought that the Japanese fighter wouldn’t have much of a chance against the 6-foot-3 lightweight. It looked that way for most of the fight too, but after several rounds of taking a beating, and while limping on one leg, Boku was able to land a big punch that turned the tide. He managed to secure a huge upset, and pictured above is his reaction as he left the partisan crowd shocked to see their adopted hero fall after such a dominant performance. It was an excellent moment, and one that won’t be soon forgotten by Asian MMA fans.



6) Luke Jumeau and Alex Niu putting on a brawl for the ages. Also on the Legend FC 10 card from Hong Kong was probably the most entertaining brawl this year, and likely the most exciting fight ever put on by the promotion. It’s a shame that hardly anyone outside Asia saw it though, as Niu and Jumeau both brought it, and were constantly throwing and landing bombs at each other. They connected early and often, each taking the best shots they could muster with neither guy backing down. It may not have been the best strategy, but if was definitely a brutal ballet of violence which went on for 15-minutes. By the end of the fight, Alex Niu had both eyes almost swollen shut, as Luke had landed the more damaging shots to eventually win the decision.




5) Soo Chul Kim wins ONE FC Bantamweight Title. At only 20 years old at the time, Kim has faced off against some tough competition, and was considered to be a top prospect for the future. When he faced the highly regarded BJJ Champ in Leandro Issaat ONE FC 6, not many gave him a chance as the Evolve MMA product has looked fantastic prior to the bout, and also holds a decision win over Kim on their first bout a year ago. That night though, Kim showed how fast he had improved his skillset and proved that he isn’t just a prospect for the future — that he in fact, is already a force today. Kim knocked out Issa in the 2nd to take the inaugural ONE FC bantamweight title, and the Korean became very emotional after, running up the cage and repeatedly screaming his lungs out, before tearing up a few moments later.



4) Rob Hill wearing a crimson mask. This was shot at Legend FC 10 in Hong Kong, where the always entertaining Rob Hill came out dressed as Ryu from Street Fighter, and fought the former King of Pancrase in Koji Oishi. He was able to make it an entertaining scrap, but when Oishi cut him open, it became one of the bloodiest fights I’ve ever seen live. Blood kept flowing down his face, and Hill was literally spewing and spraying blood all over the ring. Hill fought valiantly, but the referee was forced to stop the fight in the third round.



3)  Shinya Aoki choking out Arnaud Lepont. During ONE FC 6 in Singapore, last October, Shinya Aoki signals to the referee that his opponent is already out. Lepont, who had several antics and talked quite a bit of trash during the lead up, got completely dominated on the ground.



2) Phil Baroni celebrates his big win. This was at ONE FC 5 in Manila, last August, where the NYBA defied the odds and won with a brutal soccer kick beat down that stole the show that night. Following his win impressive over Rodrigo Ribeiro, the crowd went ballistic and Baroni celebrated in style, even giving one of the more memorable post-fight reactions and celebrations in recent memory.



1)  Cung Le poses during the UFC: Macau weigh-ins. This technically isn’t from an Asian promotion, but it’s from the Asian expansion of the world’s biggest MMA promotion, which I covered for our fellow SBNation site, MMA Fighting. Cung Le headlined the first UFC event in Macau, China last November, and he struck this pose right after making the middleweight limit. Le went on to shock the world by knocking outRich Franklin out cold.







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