ONE Championship will host its 100th event on October 13th, and the promotion has stacked the line-up and then some.
Recently the Asia based promotion announced that its 100th card, titled “Century”, will go down on the aforementioned date at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. The event will feature two, champ vs. champ bouts, as atomweight champion Angela Lee will defend her title against strawweight champ Xiong Jing Nan, and light-heavyweight champ Aung La N Sang will defend his title against heavyweight champ Brandon Vera.
Not only that, but bantamweight champ Bibiano Fernandes will face Kevin Belingon, and “Century” will also include the finals for the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix, ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, and ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix.
And, it doesn’t stop there, as the Tokyo card will feature four Shooto champions going head-to-head with four Pancrase champions. The winner of each fight will earn $50,000. No details in terms of weight classes, were announced.
A recent press release announcing the event included this quote from Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship:
“I am thrilled to announce that ONE Championship is set to throw the biggest martial arts event in history this October in Tokyo, Japan. ONE Championship has come a long way since 2011 and is ushering in a new era for martial arts across the globe. ONE: CENTURY 世紀 is our historic 100th live event. Set at the iconic Ryōgoku Kokugikan, three World Championship bouts are scheduled to take place alongside three World Grand Prix Championships. In addition, ONE Championship will be holding the inaugural World Martial Arts Week, which kicks off with our very first ONE Martial Arts Fan Fest. The biggest and brightest stars of ONE Championship are ready to shine in Tokyo, and fans will surely not want to miss the festivities.”
Now, main stream fans here in North America may not be too buzzed by this news. But, hard core observers should be pretty excited to hear this. It’s important to remember that Demetrious Johnson is competing in the flyweight grand prix, so the card could very well include him competing. The former UFC champ is set to fight Tatsumitsu Wada on August 2nd.