[PHOTOS] ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong: We’re not here to sell fights

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ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong graced the “ONE: Enter the Dragon” press conference at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Bayfront Avenue in Singapore on May 14, 2019. In his speech, he talked about what makes the Singapore-based martial arts organization different from its rivals.

“We’re not here to sell fights,” Chatri stated. “We’re here to build heroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams and inspiration. We want to inspire the world to dream more, do more and be more in life. I see superstar potential in everybody.”

Hosted by Mitch Chilson, the “ONE: Enter the Dragon” press conference was also attended by ONE Championship vice president Miesha Tate and Bellator MMA fighter Jonathan “Johnny Boy” Nunez, 33, of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Chatri said, “Our athletes for me are partners in each other’s success.”

“These are my brothers and sisters and people who I will be friends with for the rest of my life,” the ONE Championship chairman and CEO continued. “Their success is my success. I want to be able to help them in any way.”

The “ONE: Enter the Dragon” fight night will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on May 17, 2019. The fight card features 10 mixed martial arts matches and six ONE Super Series contests, which are six kickboxing bouts.

Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore will challenge reigning ONE Lightweight World Championship: Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan in the main event. Both fighting out of the Netherlands, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, and Regian “The Immortal” Eersel, 25, will compete for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event.

Including Singapore, Japan and the Netherlands, 19 countries will be represented at “ONE: Enter the Dragon.” The other countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.

Here is a clip from the “ONE: Enter the Dragon” press conference:

[PHOTOS] Philippines vs Korea: Edward Kelly, Sung Jong Lee fight at ‘ONE: Roots of Honor’ in Manila

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The Philippines and South Korea were among the 18 countries represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in the Philippines.

Featuring two kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai bouts and 11 mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: Roots of Honor” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 12, 2019. In the ninth bout of the evening, Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 35, of the Philippines faced Sung Jong Lee, 33, of South Korea.

Blue Corner

Lee started his martial arts training in taekwondo as a young kid. He went on to become a NAGA No-Gi Grappling Champion.

“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Lee’s fourth ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Korea.

Red Corner

As an MMA fighter, Kelly has been competing professionally since 2007. He is training out Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines.

“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Kelly’s 13th ONE Championship outing. He holds one of the fastest knockouts in ONE Championship’s featherweight division.

Fight Result

Kelly and Lee competed in an MMA match in the featherweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the featherweight bout after 2 minutes and 51 seconds in the second round. Kelly knocked out Lee via strikes.

Winning at “ONE: Roots of Honor” improved Kelly’s professional MMA record to 12 wins and 6 losses. On the other hand, Lee now has 4 wins and 5 losses.

“ONE: Roots of Honor” Main Events

In the co-main event, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, of the Philippines challenged reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yosuke “The Ninja” Saruta, 31, of Japan in a rematch. The Filipino challenger knocked out the Japanese defending champion in the fourth round.

In the main event, reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam defended his belt against former champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 43, of Mongolia. The Vietnamese-Australian defending champion knocked out the Mongolian challenger in the second round.

Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.

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[PHOTOS] Philippines vs Korea: Eric Kelly, Kwon Won Il fight at ‘ONE: Roots of Honor’ in the Philippines

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The Philippines and South Korea were among the 18 countries represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in the Philippines.

Featuring two kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai bouts and 11 mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: Roots of Honor” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 12, 2019. In the sixth bout of the evening, Eric “The Natural” Kelly, 36, of Baguio City, Philippines faced “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il, 23, of Seoul, South Korea.

Blue Corner

Kwon is training out of Extreme Combat and Top Gym BF. “ONE: Roots of Honor” marked his third ONE Championship bout.

When Kwon made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Eternal Glory” at Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19, 2019, he knocked out Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, 33, of Indonesia and the Netherlands. On February 22, 2019, the Seoul native was submitted by Masakazu “Ashikan Judan” Imanari, 43, of Japan at “ONE: Call to Greatness” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Red Corner

Kelly started his wushu training when he was 19 years old. He represented the Philippines at the Southeast Asian Games and won gold in the sport.

As an MMA fighter, Kelly has been competing professionally since 2009. “ONE: Roots of Honor” marked his 12th bout in ONE Championship.

Fight Result

Kelly and Kwon competed in an MMA match in the featherweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the featherweight contest after 19 seconds in the first round when Kwon knocked out Kelly. This is the second fastest stoppage victory in ONE Championship’s featherweight division.

Winning at “ONE: Roots of Honor” improved Kwon’s professional MMA record to 9 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Kelly now has 12 wins and 7 losses.

“ONE: Roots of Honor” Main Events

In the co-main event, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, of the Philippines challenged reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yosuke “The Ninja” Saruta, 31, of Japan in a rematch. The Filipino challenger knocked out the Japanese defending champion in the fourth round.

In the main event, reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam defended his belt against former champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 43, of Mongolia. The Vietnamese-Australian defending champion knocked out the Mongolian challenger in the second round.

Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.

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Chatri Sityodtong: ONE Championship aims to celebrate Asia’s e-Sports heroes on the global stage

Chatri Sityodtong (photo by Alvin Berto)
Chatri Sityodtong (photo by Alvin Berto)

ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong was one of the panelists during the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” press conference at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore. ONE eSports was officially launched during the event.

“Our mission is to celebrate Asia’s eSports heroes on the global stage,” Chatri stated. “The establishment of ONE eSports transforms ONE Championship into Asia’s largest producer of millennial sports content.”

A joint venture of ONE Championship and Dentsu Inc., ONE eSports will make be introduced in 2019. Top industry players Razer and Singtel have entered into partnership memorandum of understanding with ONE eSports to lead Asia’s eSports industry together.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE eSports, Asia’s largest global eSports Championship Series,” Chatri stated. “We see a natural crossover between martial arts and gaming fans in Asia and an opportunity to bring them together under Asia’s home of millennial live sports.”

ONE Championship is to invest up to US$50 million alongside other key partners into ONE eSports to create Asia’s largest global eSports Championship Series. Chatri said, “ONE Championship is committed to bringing its same brand of large-scale event production and live broadcast capabilities, unique world-class content production, global media distribution, storytelling expertise, and marketing experience to ONE eSports.”

Featuring multiple blockbuster game titles across Asia, ONE eSports will hold events alongside ONE Championship martial arts events in 2019. ONE Championship will have 30 events in 2019 across iconic Asian cities including Singapore, Bangkok in Thailand, Tokyo of Japan, Seoul of South Korea, Jakarta of Indonesia, Shanghai and Beijing of China, Manila of the Philippines, Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam.

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