Final line-up for Rebel Fighting Championship’s inaugural event on Saturday

On Saturday night, the recently formed Singapore-based Rebel Fighting Championship hosts its inaugural installment at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The event is set to bring about a line-up filled with pro MMA match-ups on the main card, and Amateur MMA bouts in the prelims.

Titled “Into the Lion’s Den”, the fight card will feature a 145-lbs battle between Rob Lisita (12-5) and “Lion” Takeshi Inoue (21-8), and a co-main event tilt pitting Singapore’s top MMA Lightweight Syafiq Samad (2-0), against Korean Top Team’s Gyo Pyung Hwang (3-3).

Also, former UFC and “TUF: Brazil” vet Marcos Vinicius (20-5-1) fights for the first time, post-UFC. He’ll lock horns with Japan’s Taiyo Nakahara (13-7) at 135-lbs. Phuket Top Team’s latest recruit Cristiano Kaminishi (8-1, 2 NC) was supposed to compete on the night’s pro MMA proceedings as well, in a Light-Heavyweight tilt opposite Doo Hwan Kim (5-1). But a nagging back injury forced the Brazilian out of the line-up, and the promotion has sought a late replacement in the Philippines’ Chris Hofmann (0-0), who’ll step up to the plate on short notice.

To round off the pro MMA portion of the card, Alberto Mina, a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo with an unscathed record of 9-0, takes on Finish vet Glenn Sparv (7-2) in an exciting Welterweight contest.

Royston Wee (2-0) vs. Sam Chan (5-2) was originally set to take place at the event, but following the former’s decision to sign with the UFC, the match-up was scratched from the card altogether.

In the prelims, it will be fourteen up-and-coming Amateur fighters looking to set their marks on a big stage. The pick of the lot will be Impact MMA’s rising Flyweight star, Garie Tang, a BJJ Blue Belt with a background in Muay Thai. Tang looks to pick up where he left off following an eye catching performance at the inaugural Singapore Combat Championship event. He followed that up with a victory at Ultimate Beatdown 13 in November, and now hopes to shine on a big platform when he contests Malaysia’s Mohd Amir Ghafar.

Amirul Syafiq will be another fighter to look out for in the ranks as well. The Juggernaut Fight Club representative is a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu too, with an unbeaten 4-0 Amateur Muay Thai record. He will be one of many Singaporean and regional talents on board the Rebel FC Amateur MMA line-up.

Rebel FC 1: Into the Lion’s Den takes place December 21st at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Keep it locked to Fight Sport Asia for all updates and information leading up to fight night.

As it stands, here’s the fight card:

MAIN CARD (Professional MMA bouts):

  • Rob Lisita vs. Takeshi Inoue
  • Syafiq Samad vs. Gyo Pyung Hwang
  • Chris Hofmann vs. Doo Hwan Kim
  • Marcos Vinicius vs. Taiyo Nakahara
  • Glenn Sparv vs. Alberto Mina

PRELIMS (Amateur MMA bouts):

  • Garie Tang vs. Mohd Amir Ghafar
  • Mubarak Abdat vs. Suman Mokhtarian
  • May Ooi vs. Amy Adam
  • Muhammad Nazri vs. Mah Yong Jian
  • Azman Azman vs. Ashraf Bin Shafi
  • Amirul Syafiq vs. Loh-Lim Shen Jen
  • He Chong Qing vs. Andy Neo Hong Chee


Thinesh John is a Singapore-based MMA journalist. You can check out some of his work over on Follow him (@ThineshJohnMMA), and be sure keep up with the latest MMA news from on Twitter (@FightSportAsia) and Facebook


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