ONE Championship boss: Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Manny Pacquiao, Yao Ming reflect Asian values

Chatri Sityodtong
Chatri Sityodtong

Veering away from the negative stereotypes commonly seen on Western counterparts, ONE Championship instead proudly celebrates the deeply rooted Asian values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline and compassion. Recently, the promotion’s chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong enumeration Asian sports superstars who embody such values.

“If you look at the history, who’re the biggest celebrities in Asia?” Sityodtong asked. “Any industry, across all walks, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Donnie Yen all happened to be martial artists, all happened to be amazing in their respective arts but as human beings they’re kind, gentle, humble, strong, courageous, respectful, compassionate.”

“This is something Asians care about,” the ONE Championship chairman and CEO continued. “It’s not an accident that Manny Pacquiao or Yao Ming reflect and exemplify those values, and I don’t think that would change. This is something very deep rooted in Asian history, Asian culture, and Asian values. This is something that we’re very focused in celebrating.”

On October 6, 2018, the first ever ONE Championship boxing match will take place at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” in Bangkok, Thailand. Sityodtong said, “What we want to do is showcase all the combat sports, all the flavors, and hopefully we’ll get multi-division champions across the different platforms to really celebrate Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, martial arts.”

While ONE Championship has started bringing in big names in martial arts, it has no shortage of their own homegrown heroes and champions. Because of the hard work put in by the people behind it, the promotion has evolved to what it is now, the number one martial arts organization in the world.

Sityodtong has put a premium in building Asian heroes and the promotion has done just that with Asian household names such as Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, of the Philippines, Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 22, of Singapore and “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar. For the ONE Championship chairman and CEO, athletes like Folayang, Lee and Aung are the types of heroes that the Asian culture celebrates for being the embodiment of true Asian values.

From building heroes inside the cage to dominating the metrics outside of it, ONE Championship will continue to grow and so will the fan base that continues to support it. Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Sityodtong about Folayang’s recent bouts:

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Srisaket Sor Rungvisai: Possibilities with ONE Championship, NKL are endless

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

On October 6, 2018, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Thailand will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Flyweight World Champion title from Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 44, of Mexico at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.” To promote the event, ONE Championship partnered with Nakornloung Promotion (NKL).

“I am very deep in preparations right now for one of the most significant bouts of my career,” Sor Rungvisai shared. “The possibilities with ONE Championship and Nakornloung Promotion (NKL) however are endless and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my career.”

The WBC Super Flyweight World Championship bout between Sor Rungvisai and Diaz will be the main event of “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” which will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. It will be ONE Championship’s first ever boxing match.

“I am excited to showcase my skills at home in Bangkok,” Song Rungvisai said. “As a world champion boxer, this is a rare opportunity for me to be able to compete in front of my people. I thank ONE Championship for the honor, and I will do my best to retain my title.”

Also the reigning The Ring Junior Bantamweight Champion, Sor Rungvisai holds a a professional record of 46 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. He a great representative of ONE Championship as he “embodies the fiery willpower of Thai martial arts,” according to ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.

“This is going to be the biggest event in Thailand’s history, and with thousands of fans expected to come out and cheer for their hero, I can’t wait to witness greatness unfold in the ONE ring,” Sityodtong said. He added that Sor Rungvisai is “the perfect athlete to introduce the sport of boxing to the largest martial arts organization in the world.”

On the other hand, Diaz currently has 14 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws. Meanwhile, here is the ONE Championship chairman and CEO inviting Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao to compete in ONE Championship:

Ticket information for ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES is available at www.onefc.com.

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China’s Zhang Weili earns 1st UFC win

Fighting out of Hebei, China, “Magnum” Zhang Weili, 28, successfully made her debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 4, 2018 at “UFC 227.” She competed in the women’s strawweight division against Danielle “Dynamite” Taylor, 28, of Palmdale, California, United States.

The strawweight bout between Zhang and Taylor at “UFC 227” was the second bout on the early preliminary card. After three five-minute rounds, it was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, Zhang had her hand raised by referee Blake Grice as the winner via unanimous decision with all the judges scoring it 29-28 in her favor. It was the 17th victory of the Chinese UFC debutante as a professional mixed martial artist.

By defeating Taylor at “UFC 227,” Zhang improved her professional MMA record to 17 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, the record of the contender from Palmdale downgraded to 9 wins and 4 losses.

Zhang is now riding a 17-bout winning streak. The Heibi native had her first loss when she made her professional MMA debut at “China MMA League” on November 9, 2013.

At “China MMA League,” Zhang faced her fellow Chinese fighter Bo Meng. After two five-minute rounds, the latter was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Before joining the UFC, Zhang exhibited her fighting skills in Kunlun Fight MMA. In her recent fights in the Chinese promotion, she defeated Marilia “Chocolate” Santos, 25, of Sao Felix, Bahia, Brazil and Bianca Sattelmayer, 22, of Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

While “UFC 227” marked Zhang’s UFC debut, it was Taylor’s fifth bout in the promotion. The Chinese fighter is the third opponent to defeat the American contender in the promotion.

When Taylor made her UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 92” on August 6, 2016, she lost to Maryna “The Iron Lady” Moroz, 26, of Dnipro, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine via split decision. Aside from Zhang and Moroz, J.J. Aldrich, 26, of Westminster, Colorado, USA also defeated Taylor in the promotion.

Taylor now has 2 wins and 3 losses in the UFC. The two opponents she defeated in the promotion were Seo Hee Ham, 31, of Busan, South Korea and Jessica Penne, 35, of Huntington Beach, California, USA.

Jerwin Ancajas in ONE Championship’s first boxing match in Manila?

Gina Iniong, Honorio Banario, Kevin Belingon, Jerwin Ancajas, Mark Sangiao
Gina Iniong, Honorio Banario, Kevin Belingon, Jerwin Ancajas, Mark Sangiao

ONE Championship is expected to have its first boxing match in the Philippines soon. One of the Filipino boxers speculated to be on the card is reigning International Boxing Federation super flyweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas, 26, of Panabo City, Davao del Norte, Philippines.

ONE Championship big boss Chatri Sityodtong attributes the promotion’s success to its content and its extremely-loyal fans that are growing in number every single day. He explained, “ONE Championship captures the essence of entertainment similar to a show in Las Vegas, but combines it with the sporting excellence of elite martial artists.”

“It also breaks the mold of being a global sports media property that is based in Asia,” Sityodtong added. His claim was supported by Ancajas, who was at ringside to watch ONE: HEROES OF HONOR live in Manila, Philippines this past April.

Ancajas commended ONE Championship’s work in its production and promotion of athletes. He said, “This is the first time I’ve watched a live mixed martial arts event.”

“I’ve always watched it on TV, but it’s a whole different experience seeing it live,” the Filipino boxing champ added. “I really had a delightful time. The production value is truly world-class.”

The Panabo City native pointed out that ONE Championship’s dive into the boxing scene would make a huge impact on the sport. He said, “ONE Championship is a huge promotion.”

“It will be good for boxing because there are only few big boxing promoters in the Philippines and in Asia,” Ancajas added. “This kind of support is needed, and should boxing have this kind of events, it will be a huge help for boxing in the region.”

Sityodtong admitted that he is fully aware of the vastness of boxing history in Asia, giving birth to boxers who left indelible legacies in the sport with the likes of Pacquiao, Gerry Peñalosa, Pancho Villa, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, Chang Jung-Koo, Yoko Gushiken and Yuh Myung-Woo.

With ONE Championship trying its hand in boxing, Sityodtong believes that the organization will breathe new life into the sport in Asia to produce more top-notch pugilists. Meanwhile, here is Ancajas with some Team Lakay fighters:

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