4 more days to go!

Great article about Royston Wee and his motivations. For those who don’t know Royston is the first and only Singaporean fighter who made it in the top levels of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts by being signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He fights in 4 days in Macao in UFC Fight Night 48.

https://sg.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fit-to-post-sports/i-do-it-for-my-family–singapore-s-first-ufc-fighter-royston-wee-090020333-mma.html

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UFC Fight Night 48: Royston Wee vs. Zhikui Yao

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Royston continues on his historic journey as the first Singaporean in the UFC . After winning convincingly in his debut UFC fight in Singapore in January, Royston now takes on a Chinese fighter on Chinese soil. Yao Zhikui was a semi finalist on TUF China as a featherweight, and Yao is now cutting down to Bantamweight to take on Royston on home turf.

http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/bouts/147730-ufc-fight-night-48-royston-wee-vs-zhikui-yao

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Rebel FC: Next Generation and Sanda Exchange April 2014

4 of IMPACT MMA‘s up and coming amateurs fighters took part in Rebel FC:Next Generation on 26 April 2014. Impact’s unbeaten streak in amateur MMA comps continues as all 4 won their fights. Prof Leke’s brand of Checkmat BJJ was showcased as 2 of the fights were won by armbar submissions. Great job by the fighters and the whole team. Again, fantastic support from the Impact family as well!

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Full album of photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page here:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.699236946781139.1073741834.102341443137362&type=1

Three more of our fighters in action at Sanda Exchange. Garie, Henry and Alvin (doing his debut striking fight) were in action and ALL THREE scored the win. Another perfect weekend for Team Impact MMA.


Garie and Henry won by 1st round TKO and Alvin showed some sweet kicks to win by decision. Great showing by fighters and corners (Bruce & Shawn)!!!

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View the full album on our Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.699542196750614.1073741835.102341443137362&type=1

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REBEL FC: THE NEXT GENERATION

Four of our guys Niko Soe Leonard Goh Andy Neo Garrick Seah will be fighting in REBEL FC: THE NEXT GENERATION this Saturday! Be sure to head down to support them!

Tickets are $10 and available at the Impact counter or from any of the fighters.
DON’T throw away your ticket stubs as ticket holders will enjoy 20% discount (except for VIP tickets) for our next REBEL FC professional fight event (more details on that in the coming weeks). So see you guys there on 26 April, 4.30pm at Yio Chu Kang Sports Hall!

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Royston Wee wins his debut UFC fight!

What a weekend!!

Royston has become the first Singaporean in the UFC to have won his fight!!!

Royston dominates all 3 rounds. Wins by unanimous decision. 30-26 on all judges’ scorecards, 1 point was deducted due to an illegal kick by Dave to Royston’s chin in the 3rd round while they were on the ground.

The photo says it all. This fight did not take place over 15 mins, it took place over many months. Royston put in so much effort, time and heart that is not seen. The hours in the gym. The many bruises, and sprains and aches. The pressure, the doubters. Royston Wee didn’t just beat a man in a cage. Royston conquered a lot more than that and he makes us all so proud.

To those who understand the technical side of MMA, you would appreciate the beauty of Royston’s strategy. To those who don’t you could see the raw desire in Royston to win.

Lastly, without taking anything away from Royston’s individual performance, this is a team sport. So thank you and well done Team Impact, and Team Singapore!!!

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Beautiful takedown by Royston in the 3rd round:

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Credits to Yahoo Sports for the photos.

Video here:

http://sg.sports.yahoo.com/video/royston-wee-victorious-ufc-debut-221011597.html

Impact MMA would like to thank the supporters, those from Impact and just Singaporeans and MMA fans in general who have been overwhelmingly supportive. As Royston said, he could hear the support from the crowd and that played a big part.

And here’s the team behind Royston:

Head Coach/Head striking coach: Bruce Loh
Grappling/BJJ coach: Alexsandro Machado
Wrestling Coach: Mhd Sulaiman
Assistant striking coach: Shawn Teo
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Raphael Lim
Manager/Transport/PR: Kwang (assisted by Suzanne Sim)

Training Partners: EVERYONE AT IMPACT (Andy, Leonard, Juan, Major, Ashvin, SL Wei, Garrick, Garie etc etc….) But special mention to Adrian Tham who spent 3 weeks in Singapore to work daily with Royston. And not just people directly involved in Fight Camp, the people who helped bring Royston to where he is today (like Coach Sri who came in on his own time to help his boxing).

Special supporters who contributed and donated their time and effort freely, making this feel like a truly national effort:

Physiotherapy: Michelle Kwong of Physioclinic
Sports Psychology: Edgar Tham
Dental (Did you see those sweet gumshields?): Burlinson Dental Surgery
Fight Shirt design: David Tran (not local, but local to Impact!)

Also other local MMA guys, Arvind, who let us visit for a great shark tank session with Joe Ray, Emalo, Alex, Will etc on Christmas Eve.

And all the believers: The journalists and pundits who really took time to examine and question intelligently before casting judgment. It meant a lot.

Lastly but by no means least:
Our team honours and respects Dave Galera, who was a tough tough opponent and a warrior from start to end. Preparing for him was a huge challenge. Mark Sangiao has produced a fearsome team at Team Lakay and we will be seeing more of them in the UFC for sure. These guys are warriors and gentlemen and deserving of their solid reputation in the MMA world.

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Media Week for UFC

It’s been a busy week for Royston the days before his debut fight in the UFC Fight Night 34. Just a couple more hours to go!!!!

A feature on UFC.com:

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http://www.ufc.com/news/Royston-Wee-Singapore-First

Started off with open workouts on Wednesday:

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Media Day on Thursday:

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He still managed to squeeze in one last training session before his weigh-in on Friday:

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And finally the weigh in on Friday:

http://sg.sports.yahoo.com/video/singapores-first-ufc-fighter-royston-134256754.html

Tonight Royston goes to war, Impact MMA goes to war, Singapore goes to war.

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WHAT A YEAR – A review of 2013@Impact MMA

2013 has been an incredible year for Impact MMA.
It’s our 4th year in existence, and we have come a very long way!

Leke kicked off the year winning gold at the Singapore Wrestling National Trials in February.

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Our Muay Thai fighters also kicked off a very active year in competition. Great work by the Muay Thai coaches who helped guide several of of our fighters through their fights including a few debutantes.
Then the MMA season kicked off in March with Ultimate Beatdown 11. Juan was the main event fighting a tough Iranian opponent and he scored a submission victory in the first round! Garrick fought Muay Thai in the Ultimate Beatdown and also scored a win on decision. 2 out of 2 wins at UB11!
Photo: Game on. Tomorrow Juan goes to war in JB in the main event of Ultimate Beatdown XI. It's going to be an awesome fight against Mostafa (Iran). </p><br /><br /><br /> <p>Garrick's fighting Muay Thai too in the same event.</p><br /><br /><br /> <p>Also, all the best to Diane and Alvin in their BJJ comp in Penang. Busy weekend for the Impact warriors! Go guys (& Gal)!!!!!
We also had the pleasure of welcoming Bashir Ahmad who chose Impact MMA to do his month long training camp for One FC. We were so proud when he scored a well earned victory against One FC star Shannon Oneshin Wiratchai with Royston Wee in his corner as well. What a fight it was too (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AicyhBGPHRg)
 
In BJJ comps, Leke led a team to the Pan Asians in the Philippines and brought home a huge haul of medals!

The BJJ haul continued in Copa de Hongkong where Impact MMA was represented by Amanda and Eugene who both brought home gold medals! Impact’s BJJ team was a MACHINE all year.

1 September was a wild wild day with 10 fights in total. (7 Muay Thai, 2 MMA, 1 Submission Grappling). We ended up with a total of 7 wins and 3 losses, including 2 first round TKO victories in MMA and an armbar submission by rising star Amanda in Ultimate Beatdown 12. The 2 MMA debutantes Niko Soe and Henry Yeo put on a fabulous showing with Henry Yeo scoring a new gym record 22 second TKO victory. Impact’s traveling support has also been getting a bit of reputation for being some of the loudest, most fired up supporters out there led by head cheerleader Joey!
Photo: Great day in all competitions. We had a total of 10 fights today: 7 Muay Thai, 2 MMA, 1 Submission GrapplingWe ended up with a total of 7 wins and 3 losses. Including 2 first round TKO victories in MMA. Brilliant job by the fighters and the coaches!New in-house records have been broken with Henry Yeo recording a 22 second victory via TKO in his MMA debut, snatching the fastest victory record from Royston Wee! haha.Those who did not win also made us just as proud. They fought like champs and can hold their head high.Never prouder to be part of Team Impact MMA!!!
Leke’s BJJ team continued to dominate competitions when our Impact ladies completely swept their opposition as they won gold in each of their categories and then went on to close out the absolute division.
Photo: Update from Headhunters 3 in Kota Kinablu, the girls all won GOLD in their own category. In absolute, they combined blue belt and white belt together and the three of them closed  the absolute together. OSSSSSSSSSSS! WELL DONE LADIES!!!
In September Impact was part of the collaboration of teams who organised Singapore Combat Championship which featured wrestling, BJJ and amateur MMA. Again, we scored a big bag of medals and wins. Some of the stand outs were Garie Tang who won gold in wrestling, and our MMA debutantes, Andy Neo and Terry Chua. Both Andy and Terry won their fights. The BJJ team, as usual, took some golds and silvers despite the fact that Coach Leke was not in Singapore at that time. While we were the only team without a coach present, I was touched and impressed to see the rest of our team gather round our competitors to give them some amazing support and backing. More senior students came forward to corner, drill with and support the competitors. Team Impact really banded together and the showed tremendous spirit, and were paid off with great results!

 

The first big stage pro fight of the year came in October when Juan represented Impact and Singapore at One FC Total Domination against one of Malaysia’s most experienced strikers Alex Lim.
Juan showed his experience fighting a technical and tight fight winning by KO in the start of the second round! Juan now stands at 3-0.

 

The biggest news of the year came in November when our very own Royston Wee made history by becoming the first Singaporean signed to the UFC. His debut fight will be in UFC Fight Night 34 which will be held right here in Singapore on 4 January 2014. Royston has made Impact MMA, and Singapore, very very proud.

 

Again, the awesome team spirit is showing itself as I see so many people gathering around to help Royston. Volunteering to be thrown about and punched. Taking time off work. Sacrificing time, effort and talents for Royston’s preparation for his big fight. Adrian Tham came all the way from Sabah to help out! Our opponents don’t just have to deal with 1 fighter, they have to deal with the whole team.

 

On 30 November 2013, 2 of our up and coming MMA fighters stepped into the cage at Ultimate Beatdown 13. Garie Tang and Nico Soe, both 1-0, were in the UB tournament, competing for the inaugural UB title belts at flyweight and bantamweight. Nico won his fight very quickly in the first round by TKO after a crazy high crotch slam. Garie was the story of the night. He was fighting off a flu for a few days and actually vomited about an hour before the fight. He was definitely not his usual self but decided to proceed to fight anyway. The fight lasted all 3 rounds and Garie used every ounce of determination and technique that he had to stay in control. He eventually won by unanimous decision and was Fight of the Night honours!  Super proud!!! Garie and Niko now advance to the semi-finals of their respective comps!
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Only 3 weeks after UB, on 21 December, Garie, would fight again at the inaugural Rebel FC. Also fighting for Impact MMA were Nazri and Andy. This would be Nazri’s first MMA fight and Andy’s second. Nazri was the first fight of the night and he finished off his opponent in over a minute with some sweet punching combos and won via TKO. Andy’s fight, which started with a bit of controversy after his opponent failed to make weight, lasted all 3 grueling rounds and Andy won by unanimous decision. Garie finished his fight in style and also very quickly, scoring a win by armbar submission.
Photo: Great showing by all 3 Impact fighters tonight. 3 wins out of 3 fights. The support again was fantastic!  Congrats team!#Impactmma #rebelfc #singaporeMMA #mixedmartialarts #roystonwee #checkmat #lekebjj

 

The year ends with the annual BJJ promotions. A bunch of deserving guys got their blue belts, but the show goes to Shilong who got a very well deserved BROWN! Shilong has always been a very technical, intelligent grappler who is eager to teach and contribute to everyone else’s development. Shilong in turn gave this credit to Prof Leke during his acceptance speech and later on Facebook saying:

 

I entered this sport as a bb in judo and subsequently was a white belt for 6 years. Blue for 1 year and purple for 3, I can safely say the biggest leap in my BJJ came under prof Leke. The introduction of Checkmat’s training methodology and technique philosophy to Impact has been a boon to the scene here and we are all very lucky. Without his influence I doubt I would have started looking/thinking about BJJ differently (for example examining Leandro Lo’s game) and training BJJ in a more holistic fashion rather than a random collection of “moves”. More importantly, Leke’s generosity in not holding back and sharing all his knowledge has been inspirational and I hope as I carry on I can continue in the same spirit of giving and contribution. Thanks again to Impact (esp Kwang for creating a conducive environment for BJJ/MMA to flourish) and my Impact teammates who have helped me greatly and are vital for sustaining the right culture on and off the mats. Congrats to everyone on their promotions as well.
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All the trainers deserve huge credit for our achievements. Bruce, Leke, Noel, Royston, Garie, Shawn, Garrick, Juan, Xavier and adjunct trainers like Sri, Sul, Major, strength and condtioning coaches from the Pit and Quantum Fitness, sponsors like Physioclinic, Burlinson Dental, Siam Arena, and numerous other coaches who dropped by to help either teach the classes or to work with our fighters. I’d also like to thank the whole team, i.e. the training buddies, the fans, the wild supporters, the staff (special shout out to Jennifer who does a fantastic job cleaning up the mess made by all you slobs!). There are too many to name, but each of you have played a huge part.

Another great thing about 2013 is the growing friendship and collaboration between many of the top gyms in Singapore. Events like the Singapore Combat Championship, the Hope for Haiyan Grapplethon, showed that MMA gyms can build bridges and work together for Team Singapore without bullshit politics.

Things are super exciting in the martial arts world in Singapore! Our fighters now have more opportunities than ever and they are taking these opportunities by the horns!

 

Now I just can’t wait for 2014.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

 

Kwang
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