When it comes to innovation in mixed martial arts (MMA) or combat sports in general, ONE Championship has been at the forefront and the promotion doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon as it looks to take another giant leap for its 100th event in October.
In late August, ONE Championship founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong revealed two star-studded, stacked events that will showcase in Japan on October 13. The cards are set to feature world title bouts, grand prix finales, and cross-promotional matchups.
On the first card for ONE: Century will be the conclusions of the Flyweight and Lightweight World Grand Prix, where Americans Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez will battle against Danny Kingad and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev respectively for the Grand Prix crowns.
In the card’s main event, Singapore’s Angela Lee will be looking for revenge against Chinese phenom Xiong Jing Nam as she defends her title in a Women’s Atomweight World Championship bout. Earlier this year in March, Xiong denied Lee the chance of becoming a two-division champion after defeating her in a women’s strawweight title match via fifth round TKO.
This time around, Xiong will be the fighter moving a weight class to challenge for a second divisional crown, and Lee will be hoping to do to Xiong, what Xiong did to Lee in the two’s first meeting.
The second “Century” card looks to be just as exciting as its predecessor, with a main event that pits two of ONE’s heaviest hitting stars against one another. Current heavyweight champion Brandon Vera will make his return back to action by stepping down a weight class to challenge two-division title holder Aung La N Sang for his light heavyweight crown.
Additionally, the card also features three co-main events, with two more championship belts on the line. Set to meet for the fourth time are Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes and Filipino Kevin Belingon in what should be the closing fight to their rivalry to determine the undisputed ONE Bantamweight World Championship/
Mixed martial arts is not the only discipline to be on display under Japan’s bright lights as Rodtang Jitmuangnon is set to defend his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title for the first time against challenger Walter Goncalves. To wrap up the card’s co-main events is the Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Championship Final, pitting Italy’s Giorgio Petrosyan against France’s Samy Sana, with the winner not only taking home the crown, but also being one million dollars richer.
Lastly, Japanese fans will be treated to more quality fights as Shooto Champions go head-to-head against Pancrase Champions in four different weight classes. In the bantamweight class is Shoko Sato against Rafael Silva, while Yosuke Saruta will meet Daichi Kitakata in a strawweight battle, Koshi Matsumoto will collide with Takasuke Kume in a lightweight match, and finally, Hernani Perpetuo will clash against Hiroyuki Tetsuka for welterweight supremacy.
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