Promoting Amateur MMA: REBEL FC is set for first event of 2014

If there’s one truth that every Mixed Martial Artist in Singapore could agree on, it’s that there isn’t a proper blueprint set on the road to becoming a professional fighter.

Opportunities are scarce, and some are forced to try their hand on foreign soil with essentially no experience in fighting in their own backyard in the first place.

It’s a glaring fact that there is no clear path that an enthusiast in Singapore can quite follow to attempt the feats of those who currently fight in famed organizations like the UFC, Bellator or even ONE FC.

Well, not until now.

REBEL Fighting Championship, a Singapore-based promotion that was launched in 2013, is hoping to turn the tides around with the start of an Amateur MMA circuit. With a seven bout fight card, it’s first Amateur MMA event, aptly titled ‘Next Generation’, has been slated for April 26 later this month.

“The purpose of the REBEL FC: NEXT GENERATION event is pretty straight forward; we want to help build the level of fighters in Singapore to a higher standard,” stated Chad Sanderson, matchmaker of REBEL FC. “One of the problems here is that because there are no events inside the country anymore, there is just no place for amateurs to get experience.”

A promotional poster for REBEL FC: NEXT GENERATION.

A promotional poster for REBEL FC: NEXT GENERATION.

The promotion is working with local existing gyms such as Juggernaut Fight Club, Impact MMA and Brazilian Fight Club MMA among others to get Amateur talents on board.

Officials are looking at this initiative as a platform to develop the local fighters, before placing them on a bigger and grander professional stage. But first and foremost, these Amateur fights will provide up-and-comers experience as well as an opportunity to test their skills.

Sanderson continued by saying, “No country in the world has ever developed a passionate MMA following without strong local talent, which starts at the amateur level.”

More Amateur events by REBEL FC are expected to crop up over the coming months or so, as the promotion continues to stay resolute in its efforts to develop the sport in Singapore.

Fighters who amass a verifiable and impressive Amateur record may be offered a pro deal with the promotion in the long-term.

But with that said, the question of infrequency of Amateur MMA events in the country will be long and forgotten soon enough, with this series having a huge potential in galvanizing not only the sport and fighters, but fans as well.

“Very simply, if MMA is going to succeed here, and I mean really succeed, beyond a flash in the pan or fading fancy, there has to be fighters that locals want to see,” Sanderson concluded. “As amazing as foreigners are, what connects people to sports is a feeling of national pride.”

The full line-up for REBEL FC: NEXT GENERATION includes:

  • Sim Kai Xiong vs. Sholihin Rahman
  • Josh Yuan vs. Goh Yee Tat Leonard
  • Andy Neo Hong Chee vs. Hiyadat Jasni
  • Seah Jian Rui Garrick vs. Al Khatib Shaikh Ahmad
  • Masrizan Masran vs. Amirul Syafiq
  • Sharizal Bin Mohamed Ismail vs. Azman Azman
  • Nico Soernarte vs. Andika Salimi


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Author:Thinesh John

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One Comment on “Promoting Amateur MMA: REBEL FC is set for first event of 2014”

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