Kamal Shalorus: From the Fields of Iran to One FC Cage
Born in a less urbanized town in Iran, known as The Prince of Persia, Kamal Shalorus spent most of his childhood days in a big farm herding sheep. Some people may call it a poor life, but for Kamal, it was a very rich life. As a young child, he dreamed of becoming a good wrestler. And in the country where wrestling was considered a national sport, he joined practically every wrestling tournament there was and fought hard to be the best. Simply, Kamal grew up as a warrior.
Kamal is very much identified with wrestling, and soon he played for the British Olympic Team for free style wrestling. He felt the need to learn something new as wrestling started to become a bore. In 2005, he moved to Austin, TX and transitioned to mixed martial arts. His career in MMA spans for at least six years. And for Kamal, as long as he doesn’t have any injury, he’ll go for any match.
One Fighting Championship (One FC) brings Kamal to Philippines in his debut match against Team Lakay’s Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang. For this fight, he trained for 55 days under Phil Cardella and Relson Gracie back in Austin. Today, Kamal is very much ready to face his opponent in what is going to be one explosive match in One FC: Rise to Power. He prepared for this fight because “anybody who steps inside the octagon has a something in him,” he shares. Kamal’s strongest weapons are his wrestling and striking skills. And he has ground game, too. “When you step inside (the cage) to fight, you don’t know if you’re going to a funeral or a wedding. Lose or win, the only thing you have in your hand is to do your best, fight from your heart and then show your skill,” Shalorus further added. “I’m going to fight from my heart. This is going to be an exciting fight. Of course, I’m going for the win!”
Even as pro MMA fighter, he went to Westminster University in England for his education. After moving to the United States, he took a course on construction management in Washington, D.C. and has recently passed the test. His advice to the young generation? “Don’t feel weak because you are poor. There is always hope.”
Mr. Victor Cui: The Man Behind One FC
One Fighting Championship is becoming a fast growing MMA promotion in Asia. One FC has made MMA a mainstream action – packed sport in Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Bringing One FC to the country is like a homecoming for Mr. Cui, since his family is originally from Cebu. He aims to “bring the sport to a whole new level by having 90% of its fighters being Asians and 10% non – Asian.”
“With One FC, MMA fans can legitimately see an Asian MMA fighters competing with the best fighters for a world championship titles,” shares Mr. Cui.
And tonight, at SM MOA Arena, our very own Honorio “The Rock” Banario will defend his One FC Featherweight Champion Title belt against former Lightweight King of Pancrase Koji Oishi.
It’s also a night of redemption of Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon who lost to the Korean Soo Chul Kim in Pride of a Nation in August 2012 held in Manila. That didn’t stop Belingon to pursue his dreams. Instead, he went on to win every match he fought, with his recent victory via a TKO in Bantamweight division held in Singapor in April of this year.
One FC: Rise to Power is happening at SM MOA on May 31, 2013.
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