Jakarta. Asia's premier martial arts organization, ONE Championship, will return to Manila in 2018, before another event in Jakarta. During a recent press conference at the Grand Ballroom of the City of Dreams in Manila, it promoted the latest event, ONE: Heroes of Honor, which is set to take place at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday (20/04).
ONE Championship chief executive Chatri Sityodtong attended the event, along with Heroes of Honor main stars Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon of the Philippines, Andrew Leone from New York, kickboxing superstar Giorgio "The Doctor" Petrosyan and "Smokin" Jo Nattawut of ThailandBelingon is currently riding a four-bout winning streak, as he takes on former bantamweight world title challenger Leone in a contest with huge title implications. Both are seeking a rematch against reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes, but will have to fight first to get win this opportunity.
Belingon admitted that Leone would be a tough opponent.
"I need to be at my best to win. It's going to be one of my biggest matches to date. Beating Leone would be the next step to the title," he said.
Meanwhile, Leone also knows what is at stake in this matchup, and he is not taking the Filipino lightly by any means.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me. I can't wait to go up there and show what I can do, to perform to the best of my ability. All I can say is that I'll be ready," Leone said.
ONE: Heroes of Honor also marks the world premiere of the highly anticipated ONE Super Series. Announced earlier this year, ONE Super Series aims to provide the world's best martial artists a prestigious global platform to showcase the beauty of Asia's striking arts such as Muay Thai, kickboxing, karate, taekwondo, kung fu, wushu, sanda, silat and lethwei.
"It's an open invitation to the greatest strikers in the world. Fans will witness the absolute elite in striking martial arts, as they go head-to-head on the biggest and most prestigious global stage of competition," Sityodtong said.
With ONE Super Series, ONE Championship is now considered the largest martial arts organization in the world. While competing promotions do offer a similar product, according to Sityodtong, they only offer one flavor of martial arts as opposed to ONE Championship, which hosts bouts across all styles of martial arts.
"Aside from the many great bouts this Friday night, what I'm most excited about is the launch of ONE Super Series. ONE Championship is the only global player to encompass all styles of martial arts," the chief executive added.
Broadcast to a potential 1.7 billion on any given night to over 136 countries worldwide, ONE Super Series will harness the full potential of ONE Championship’s global influence in order to highlight the greatest in striking martial arts.
And while the promotion is gearing up for a very busy mid-year, Sityodtong teases that there are plenty more surprises to come, including the highly anticipated launch of ONE Championship’s new mobile app, slated to arrive in the coming months.
"The new ONE Championship mobile app is a true game changer in the world of martial arts. Soon, fans will have access to all our blockbuster live events and complete library of high-definition content in the palm of their hands, all for free, and you can watch from anywhere in the world. It's going to take ONE Championship to the next level," he said.