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    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    One Championship Heroes of Honor: 3 Filipino MMA Athletes Ready to Make Big Waves, The Carnival of Striking Martial Arts!





    It's not everyday that fighters become heroes, and when they do it's in front of an equally great opponent and in front of the most passionate fans in the world - the Filipinos.

    There's no doubt in my mind that that will happen on Friday, April 20 (Fight night) at the Mall of Asia Arena as the intensity and intent to dominate of the three outstanding Filipino Mixed Martial Arts athletes was evident during the presscon last April 17 at City of Dreams Manila.

    Inspired to shine and make their countrymen proud, the 3 Pinoys that are included in the fight card for April 20 are eager to put up a good fight against their respective opponents.


    Also in attendance during the presscon were the Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship Mr. Chatri Sityodtong, Kevin Benning of City of Dreams Manila, and main event competitors Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines and Andrew Leone of Cortland, New York, USA. Along with them are the other fighters in the fight card.

    The presscon likewise gave a preview as to what to expect in the event, but the limelight was focused on Kevin Belingon and Andrew Leone.

    Belingon urged the fans to support the Filipino fighters once more on April 20.

    "I really trained hard for this match so I'm very very excited. So be there to support us once again on April 20 for the One Heroes of Honor," said the pride of Team Lakay Kevin Belingon.

    Leone on the other hand is excited to go out there and compete.

    "Kevin is an amazing opponent and I look forward to getting out there and competing at the best of my ability. Thank you," highlighted the 28 year-old fighter from New York Andrew Leone.

    Belingon will be bringing his 17-5 record while Leone is a top contender in the deep bantamweight division so you can expect a very intense match.

    But for sure the other fighters such as Honorio Banario will come out firing. Just like the other competitors, he trained hard, mentally and physically in order to be at par against the veteran Adrian Pang.

    "I prepared my mind as well as my body... I can't say what will happen in the fight, but I'm ready," explained Banario.

    This is indeed a must-watch historical event full of surprises.


    Carnival of Striking Martial Arts "ONE Super Series"


    With the fighters' varying fighting style backgrounds, it's inevitable to announce the highly-anticipated premiere of the new league ONE Super Series at ONE: HEROES OF HONOR.

    The Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, Chatri Sityodtong, broke the news about the new striking super-league a little over a month ago, promising to bring together the greatest talents in the world of striking under one umbrella.

    The new league will be unveiled this Friday, 20 April, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

    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, lethwei, and more.

    This means that martial artists of varying striking backgrounds now have the chance to pit their skills against one another in a regulated, safe environment conducive to action and excitement.

    Among the first to give fans a taste of all the action is global kickboxing superstar Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan. Considered a true elite striker in the world of kickboxing, Petrosyan is known in circles as the ‘Michael Jordan of kickboxing’. The 32-year-old from Italy is one of the finest offensive talents in the sport, nicknamed “The Doctor” for his surgical precision and near-flawless technique.

    With a professional kickboxing record of 85-2-2, 2NC, Petrosyan is known for his incredible 42-bout win streak which lasted for six long years. He is universally recognized as one of the most dominant world champions in middleweight history.

    Standing across from Petrosyan in the ring will be Atlanta, Georgia-based Thai kickboxer ‘Smokin’ Jo Nattawut.

    Nattawut is a former Lion Fight Super Welterweight Champion and WMC Champion known for his powerful elbow and knee strikes. The 25-year-old is a rising star who holds a professional record of 60-11-2. Against Petrosyan however, Nattawut will have his work cut out for him in dealing with a true legend in the sport.

    The Rope Ring


    Apart from the premise of bringing together the world’s greatest strikers, ONE Championship is also set to unveil a brand new five-rope ring designed specifically for ONE Super Series but will also be used in its standard Global Rule Set contests.

    While the ONE Championship cage has remained the staple playing field for the promotion since its establishment in 2011, bouts will slowly transition into a ring-only format in the future, an homage to great Asian martial arts promotions of yesteryear.

    Main event combatants Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines and Andrew Leone of Cortland, New York, USA, along with other martial artists on the card, will be also competing in the brand new stage, marking the first time in the promotion’s history that Global Rule Set bouts will be held inside the ring.

    By design, ONE Super Series will provide fans with a dazzling carnival of martial arts disciplines, with the purpose of providing pure martial arts that favors action and excitement above all.

    It’s an amazing new development from ONE Championship, who are leading the pack globally in terms of innovation and the development of martial arts as not just a sport, but also as a growing entertainment spectacle.




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