[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] Japan vs Singapore: Shinya Aoki, Christian Lee fight at ‘ONE: Enter the Dragon’

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The United States and Japan were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on May 17, 2019. ONE Championship held the combat sports event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and six ONE Super Series contests, which were six kickboxing bouts, “ONE: Enter the Dragon” was the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s second event in 2019 that took place in Singapore. The main event of the evening was between Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan and Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore.

Lee was one of the two hometown fighters at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” while Aoki was one of the four representatives of Japan. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 1998, Lee is a five-time Pankration World Champion. He has been competing professionally since 2015 and “ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked his 15th ONE Championship bout.

Lee is the younger brother of reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 22. They are both training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore and United MMA in Hawaii, United States.

Red Corner

Born on May 9, 1983 in Shizuoka City, Japan, Aoki graduated from Waseda University in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. He has been competing professionally since 2003 and joined ONE Championship in 2012.

Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore, Aoki became the ONE Lightweight World Champion on April 5, 2013, lost the title on November 11, 2016 and regained it on March 31, 2019. “ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked his 13th ONE Championship bout.

Fight Result

Christian challenge Aoki for the ONE Lightweight World Championship title. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

Coste put a stop to the championship contest after 51 seconds in the second round. Christian knocked out Aoki.

Winning at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” improved the professional MMA record of Christian to 12 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Aoki now has 43 wins and 9 losses.

“ONE: Enter the Dragon” Co-Main Event

Both fighting out of the Netherlands, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, and Regian “The Immortal” Eersel, 25, competed for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The latter won the belt via unanimous decision.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on Conan Daily.

[PHOTOS] Netherlands’ Nieky Holzken vs Regian Eersel at ‘ONE: Enter the Dragon’ in Singapore

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The Netherlands among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on May 17, 2019. ONE Championship held the combat sports event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and six ONE Super Series contests, which were six kickboxing bouts, “ONE: Enter the Dragon” was the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s second event in 2019 that took place in Singapore. Both fighting out of the Netherlands, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, and Regian “The Immortal” Eersel, 25, faced each other in the co-main event of the evening.

Holzken and Eersel were two of the three representatives of the Netherlands at “ONE: Enter the Dragon.” Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Moldova, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

Eersel is training out of Sityodtong Amsterdam. Originally from Suriname, he was 8 years old when he started his training in taekwondo.

“ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked Eersel’s third ONE Super Series bout. He defeated his first two opponents in the league namely Brad “Quake” Riddell, 26, of New Zealand and Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani, 38, of Nigeria.

Red Corner

Holzken represents Team Holzken Helmon. He started his boxing training when he was 10 years old and he eventually trained in kickboxing and Muay Thai, as well.

“ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked Holzken’s third ONE Super Series bout. He defeated his first two opponents in the league namely Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexandre, 36, of Brazil and Mustapha “Dynamite” Haida, 20, of Italy.

Fight Result

Holzken and Eersel competed for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship. Elias Dolaptsis served as the referee.

After five three-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Dolaptsis raised the hand of Eersel, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” improved the professional kickboxing record of Eersel to 54 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Holzken now has 92 wins, 15 losses and 1 No Contest.

“ONE: Enter the Dragon” Main Event

Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Championship: Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan in the main event. The Singaporean challenger dethroned the Japanese defending champion via technical knockout.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on Conan Daily.

[PHOTOS] Thailand vs Italy: Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy, Giorgio Petrosyan fight at ‘ONE: Enter the Dragon’ in Singapore

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Thailand and Italy were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on May 17, 2019. ONE Championship held the combat sports event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and six ONE Super Series contests, which were six kickboxing bouts, “ONE: Enter the Dragon” was the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s second event in 2019 that took place in Singapore. The 14th bout was between Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy, 25, of Thailand and Giorgio “Doctor” Petrosyan, 33, of Gorizia, Italy.

Petchmorakot was one of the four representatives of Thailand at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” while Petrosyan solely represented Italy. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

Representing Team Leone Petrosyan, Petrosyan holds several prestigious titles including two K-1 World MAX World Championships and a Glory Slam Tournament Championship. Born in Yerevan, Armenia on December 10, 1985, he was 13 years old when he and his family moved to Italy.

“ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked Petrosyan’s third ONE Super Series outing. He defeated his first two opponents in the league namely “Smokin” Jo Nattawut, 29, and Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy, 25, who are both fighting out of Thailand.

Red Corner

Born on February 14, 1993 in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, Petchmorakot was just 9 years old when he started his training in Muay Thai. Representing Petchyindee Academy, he holds Lumpinee Stadium World Championships in two divisions and a WMC Muay Thai title.

“ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked Petchmorrakot’s fifth bout in ONE Super Series. He lost to Alaverdi “Dagger” Ramazanov, 23, of Russia but defeated “The Funky Drummer” Fabrice Fairtex Delannon, 36, of France, Liam “The Hitman” Harrison, 33, of the United Kingdom and Kenta Yamada, 31, of Japan.

Fight Result

The bout between Petchmorakot and Petrosyan was one of the four quarter-final bouts in the ONE Featherweight Kicboxing World Grand Prix at “ONE: Enter the Dragon.” Atsushi Onari served as the referee.

After three three-minute rounds, the kickboxing bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Onari raised the hand of Petchmorakot, who was declared the winner via split decision.

Winning at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” improved the professional kickboxing and Muay Thai record of Petchmorrakot to 159 wins, 34 losses and 2 draws. On the other hand, Petrosyan now has 90 wins, 3 loses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest.

“ONE: Enter the Dragon” Main Events

Both fighting out of the Netherlands, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, and Regian “The Immortal” Eersel, 25, competed for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The latter won the title via unanimous decision.

Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Championship: Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan in the main event. The Singaporean challenger dethroned the Japanese defending champion via technical knockout.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on Conan Daily.