Jakarta. Asia's largest global sports media property, ONE Championship is set to hold its next event, "ONE: Reign of Kings," in Manila, Philippines on Friday (27/07).
The event hosts several bouts, including Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Renzo Gracie and his opponent Yuki Kondo from Japan.
"World-famous and legendary martial arts icon Renzo Gracie will be showcasing his talent for the final time in his career against Japanese veteran Yuki Kondo," ONE Championship chief executive Chatri Sityodtong said at a press conference held on Tuesday.
Still strong at the age of 51, Gracie did not mince words about his excitement to wear four-ounce gloves for the first time in eight years.
"To be able to come back after all these years and do this again, it seems surreal to me," he said.
The final bout in the cards is between the top bantamweight contender, Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon, against the reigning ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion, Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen.
Chatri said the main event would be a highly anticipated showdown for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship.
"ONE Championship is going all-out in the second half of 2018, and we always have something special planned for Manila," he added.
Meanwhile, for the co-main event, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya "Tobikan Judan" Aoki from Japan will battle Thailand's Shannon "OneShin" Wiratchai for lightweight supremacy.
"In what is perhaps the biggest martial arts spectacle ever held in the Philippines, we have an amazing evening planned for everyone this Friday night. The Mall of Asia Arena will be rocking with action and excitement, delivered by the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent."
Launching of ONE App in the Philippines
ONE Championship has partnered with Globe Telecom, a leading provider of telecommunications services in the Philippines, to launch the ONE Championship Super App.
Globe's vice president for content business group Nikko Z. Acosta said the company has redefined how Filipinos can enjoy their entertainment, whether in music, movies, e-sports and live shows.
"We have partnered with global content brands to bring world-class content to every device, be it through mobile or at home. Today, we are redefining sports entertainment by partnering with ONE Championship, not only for Filipinos to enjoy professional mixed martial arts, but to also cheer for our Filipino fighters competing for the flag," Acosta said.
The partnership between ONE and Globe Telecom is expected to boost each event's broadcast to over 1.7 billion potential viewers in 136 countries, and complement the existing partnerships with some of the largest global broadcasters, including Fox Sports, ABS-CBN, Astro, Bandsports, Startimes, Premier Sports, Skynet, Mediacorp and more.
The martial arts organization has been hosting the largest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia.