ONE Cham­pi­onship’s Su­per Se­ries de­buts on Fri­day

Business World - - WORLDSPORTS - Michael An­gelo S. Murillo

ONE Cham­pi­onship makes its 13th stop in Manila on Fri­day. But un­like its pre­vi­ous vis­its, fans will have a new thing to watch out for come fight night as the or­ga­ni­za­tion de­buts its Su­per Se­ries.

De­signed to give mar­tial artists an­other path­way to show­case what they can do on a pro­fes­sional level, the Su­per Se­ries is a unique mar­tial arts league that will fea­ture other Asian mar­tial art forms like Muay Thai, Leth­wei, Silat, Karate, Taek­wondo, Sambo, Kung Fu, Sanda and Wushu.

This is in com­ple­ment to ONE’s world- class mixed mar­tial arts of­fer­ing which has picked up much fol­low­ing be­yond the Asian re­gion since it set up shop in 2011.

“This is a mas­sive gamechang­ing mo­ment, not just for ONE Cham­pi­onship but also for the world of mar­tial arts,” said ONE chair­man and CEO Cha­tri Si­ty­o­d­tong as he spoke of the Su­per Se­ries.

In the lead- up to the de­but of the mar­tial arts league, ONE shared some key points about the Su­per Se­ries that fans should take note of.

First off is that it will de­but in grand fash­ion as it will fea­ture four fights on the night of “ONE: He­roes of Honor” at the Mall of Asia Arena on Fri­day, April 20.

It will fea­ture a three- round kick­box­ing en­counter be­tween in­ter­na­tional su­per­star Gior­gio Pet­rosyan of Italy who takes on “Smokin’” Jo Nat­tawut of Thai­land.

Also tap are cel­e­brated Thai kick­boxer Nong- O Gaiyang­hadao against French-Ital­ian dy­namo Fabio Pinca in a three- round Muay Thai tus­sle, El­liot Comp­ton and Cosmo Alexan­dre in a Muay Thai clash, and Brad Rid­dell lock­ing horns with Re­gian Eersel in a kick­box­ing show­down.

Said fights are part of the main card for the head­lin­ing fight be­tween Filipino ban­tamweight force Kevin “The Si­lencer” Belin­gon and Amer­i­can An­drew Leone.

NO CAGE BUT RING

In con­junc­tion with the de­but of the Su­per Se­ries, the or­ga­ni­za­tion will also un­veil its brand-new five-rope ring.

For the first time in its his­tory, ONE fights will not be done in a cage but in­stead in an all-new bat­tle­field.

The ONE Cham­pi­onship ring mea­sures by an ex­ter­nal di­men­sion of 28 feet by 28 feet, while its in­ter­nal di­men­sion is 24 feet by 24 feet.

Sur­rounded by five ropes in bright white, the ring can­vas is light gray, in typ­i­cal color of the tra­di­tional ONE Cham­pi­onship cage.

All 11 bouts at He­roes of Honor are to be held in­side the new ring, in­clud­ing matches that are of­fi­ci­ated un­der the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Global Rule Set.

ONE Su­per Se­ries ath­letes will ei­ther wear eight- ounce or 10- ounce box­ing gloves de­pend­ing on the weight of the ath­letes. Ten- ounce gloves will be re­quired in matches above 65.8 kilo­grams.

Un­like its mixed mar­tial arts coun­ter­part, Muay Thai and kick­box­ing matches in ONE Su­per Se­ries will be scored in a ten­point must sys­tem and will be con­tested in three three-minute rounds.

More­over, an in-ring com­peti­tor who is knocked down three times in the same round will be de­clared knocked out by the ref­eree.

El­bow strikes will only be al­lowed in Muay Thai bouts as kick­box­ing matches in ONE Su­per Se­ries will fol­low the heav­ily-praised ori­en­tal rule set, which was fa­mously used by the now-de­funct K-1 or­ga­ni­za­tion. —

TRA­DI­TIONAL MUAY THAI is one Asian mar­tial arts form that will be fea­tured in the about-to-start ONE Su­per Se­ries.

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