The biggest international sports media company in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has simply introduced ONE: DAWN OF HEROES, set for Friday, 2 August. The Mall of Asia Area in Manila will play host to a different electrifying night of world-class martial arts motion. As soon as once more, the world’s best martial arts athletes will descend upon the ONE Championship international stage to showcase their unimaginable expertise. In the principle occasion, reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Jonathan “The Common” Haggerty of the UK will defend his title in opposition to Rodtang “Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand.
Haggerty is already an achieved martial artist despite his relative youth. He started coaching in Muay Thai on the age of seven below the watchful eye of his father, John, who was himself an energetic competitor.
Haggerty shortly racked up a number of accolades within the sport of Muay Thai as an newbie turning into a three-time English Champion, three-time British Champion, and profitable a European title as effectively. As knowledgeable, he has dominated virtually everybody he has confronted thus far, profitable virtually all of his bouts through knockout whereas going through the game’s elite.
Final Could in Jakarta, Haggerty captured the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship after a shocking efficiency, upsetting former titleholder Sam-A Gaiyanghadao. He’s now set to defend his title in opposition to Rodtang Jitmuangnon.
Like many Thai warriors earlier than him, two-time Omnoi Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang began coaching at a younger age when he was simply 7 years outdated. He had his first skilled Muay Thai bout on the age of 10.
Rodtang initially skilled at a small camp in his hometown of Pattalung, however quickly started touring to the famed Jitmuangnon Camp in Bangkok in pursuit of higher coaching. He would make the transfer everlasting to be able to prepare full-time and pursue his desires of turning into a World Champion.
Rodtang was extremely profitable, compiling over 250 wins by the point he turned 21, and he even received the celebrated Omnoi Stadium World Title twice.
Searching for redemption, multiple-time World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the US returns to motion in opposition to former ONE Light-weight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines.
A four-time Light-weight World Champion, Alvarez is not only an extremely thrilling martial artist – he’s additionally the one man in historical past to have claimed World Titles in each of North America’s main promotions. Now that he’s on the worldwide stage, he’s intent on cementing his standing as an all-time nice by capturing the ONE Light-weight World Championship to develop into the primary man to beat the three largest organizations on the planet.
He hit a stumbling block in his ONE Championship debut nonetheless, when he bumped into Russian knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin. Now Alvarez is on the comeback path, and might want to defeat Filipino icon Folayang if he hopes to reinvigorate his possibilities on the ONE World Title.
Folayang, then again, is the previous ONE Light-weight World Champion. Born in Baguio Metropolis, he joined the Philippines Wushu Staff, and received a number of gold medals to develop into a nationwide hero. “Landslide” then transitioned to blended martial arts below the instruction of Mark Sangiao at Staff Lakay, and captured a Filipino Welterweight Championship in his June 2007 debut. Folayang made his promotional debut in the principle occasion of ONE Championship’s inaugural present in September 2011.
5 years later, he returned to Singapore to seize the ONE Light-weight World Title, defeating the legendary Shinya Aoki. After shedding the title, after which regaining it as soon as extra, Folayang defended the belt final March in a rematch with the Japanese warrior. The Filipino sadly fell through first spherical submission.
Up subsequent for Folayang is maybe probably the most tough take a look at of his profession within the type of light-weight nice Alvarez.
In a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-final spherical, American sensation Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson takes on Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada of Japan.
A 12-time Flyweight World Champion, Johnson is extensively thought-about one of many best pound-for-pound blended martial artists of all time. In 2018, after utterly dominating the highly-competitive North American scene with a record-setting run of 11 World Title defenses, Johnson determined to make ONE Championship his new dwelling as a part of a landmark deal.
Johnson made his ONE Championship debut final March when he took on Yuya Wakamatsu. “Mighty Mouse” overcame a spirited effort from his opponent to win by submission within the second spherical, advancing to the event semi-finals. Now, one other Japanese warrior in Wada awaits.
Wada began his coaching with karate at his father’s insistence, and he later added judo to his rising ability set in highschool earlier than taking second place in a state event.
Wada was impressed to coach to compete in blended martial arts after watching some occasions on tv, and he started coaching on the famed Yoshida Dojo after relocating to Tokyo seeking higher coaching.
Nicknamed “The Sweeper,” he went a stellar 11-1 whereas twice capturing the Flyweight World Title in Japan’s DEEP group and took an eight-bout profitable streak into his ONE Championship debut. In his most up-to-date outing, Wada overcame a spirited effort from Cuba’s Gustavo Balart, advancing to the semi-final spherical of the event to face Johnson.
In one other ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout, the Philippines’ Danny “The King” Kingad goes up in opposition to former ONE World Champion Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov of Kazakhstan.
Kingad is from Sadanga within the Mountain Province, however he went to highschool in Baguio. He started coaching in wushu on the famed Staff Lakay in 2012, and went on to win gold medals in a number of native tournaments. Impressed by the success of his esteemed teammates reminiscent of former ONE Light-weight World Champion Eduard Folayang, he then turned his consideration to the cage. Kingad made a profitable begin to his skilled profession in 2014, debuting with ONE Championship on the way in which to a formidable 8-0 document.
This earned him a shot on the ONE Flyweight World Championship in opposition to Adriano Moraes, however the Igorot warrior sadly failed in his first bid at World Title glory. Now, “The King” is again on the title hunt, however must get previous former champion Akhmetov to be able to clinch a event finals berth.
Akhmetov is a three-time Nationwide Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion in Kazakhstan. He additionally took to taekwondo, profitable a regional championship.
In Could 2010, he began his skilled cage profession in good trend, taking the Japanese European scene by storm and profitable his first 22 bouts. He then signed with ONE Championship in November 2015, along with his first bout within the group being in opposition to ONE Flyweight World Championship Adriano Moraes for the coveted belt. After 5 grueling rounds, Akhmetov received the title through cut up choice in an exciting affair and reached the head of his profession. He then misplaced the title in a direct rematch with Moraes two years later, after a prolonged restoration interval from a debilitating again damage.
Akhmetov now has the prospect to make his approach again to title competition as a contestant within the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. He must defeat Kingad first nonetheless, who stands firmly in his approach.
In a ONE Light-weight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines steps in for the injured Lowen Tynanes to tackle Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin. Each males need to advance to the ultimate spherical of the high-profile event.
Banario is a high contender at light-weight who has received six of his final eight contests within the division. He possesses immense energy in his arms, notably his left hook, which has led to 5 large victories by knockout all through his profession. A member of Baguio Metropolis’s famed Staff Lakay, Banario faces one in all his hardest opponents thus far in Nastyukhin.
Nastyukhin, who shocked the world when he defeated Eddie Alvarez within the first spherical of the event through knockout, is a person on a mission. With solely Banario standing in his strategy to the ONE Light-weight World Grand Prix Finals, the Russian stalwart will convey his heavy firepower to the ONE Circle, as he seems to finish issues early and safe a finals berth.
Former ONE World Title Challenger Reece “Lightning” McLaren of Australia is again in motion, this time taking up Japan’s Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu in a flyweight contest.
Each McLaren and Wakamatsu need to bounce again after early exits within the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix final March in Tokyo. A victory for both means redemption, and shifting additional up the flyweight ladder.
McLaren, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, is thought within the ONE Circle for his unimaginable grappling expertise. Wakamatsu, then again, is a former Pancrase Flyweight Match Champion. This matchup options two high-level martial arts athletes each on the high of their sport.
A number of-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Leandro “Brodinho” Issa of Brazil will face Japanese blended martial arts standout Daichi Takenaka in a bantamweight contest.
Issa, from the famed Evolve Battle Staff, has received most of his bouts through submission, in a profession spanning over 20 skilled bouts since 2006. The fight sports activities veteran has seen his fair proportion of robust challenges from the world’s high promotions. Conversely, Takenaka is without doubt one of the quickest rising stars on the native Japanese blended martial arts circuit. A victory for Takenaka right here may legitimize him as a high contender within the division.
Japanese ladies’s blended martial arts sensation Ayaka Miura is again in motion, following a profitable ONE Championship debut final February to tackle former ONE World Title Challenger Samara Marituba” Santos of Brazil. In the meantime, Neunglanlek Jitmuangnon of Thailand takes on Chris Shaw of Scotland in a ONE Tremendous Sequence Muay Thai contest.
ONE: DAWN OF HEROES
Friday, 2 August 2019
Mall of Asia Area, Manila, Philippines
ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship
Jonathan Haggerty (C) vs Rodtang Jitmuangnon
ONE Tremendous Sequence Muay Thai (4oz. gloves): 61.2kg
Eduard Folayang vs Eddie Alvarez
Blended Martial Arts: 77.1kg
ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-Finals
Danny Kingad vs Kairat Akhmetov
Blended Martial Arts: 61.2kg
ONE Light-weight World Grand Prix Semi-Finals
Honorio Banario vs Timofey Nastyukhin
Blended Martial Arts: 77.1kg
Reece McLaren vs Yuya Wakamatsu
Blended Martial Arts: 61.2kg
Leandro Issa vs Daichi Takenaka
Blended Martial Arts: 65.8kg
Ayaka Miura vs Samara Santos
Blended Martial Arts: 56.7kg
Neunglanlek Jitmuangnon vs Chris Shaw
ONE Tremendous Sequence Muay Thai (4oz. gloves): 65.8kg
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