14 March 2018 – Shanghai, China: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held a press conference at the SMG Building in Shanghai, China to announce a partnership with Great Sports Media. The partnership will commence at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens,” which takes place on May 26, 2018 at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center.
In the main event of “ONE: Battle for the Heavens,” reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan will defend her title against the challenger Laura “La Gladiadora” Balin of Argentina. This will mark the Argentinian challenger’s promotional debut.
Balin is aware of the magnitude of the challenge ahead of her. She described Xiong as “a talented athlete” and acknowledged that challenging the reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion will be a difficult test for her.
“ONE: Battle for the Heavens” will also mark Balin’s first time to compete in Asia. She competed largely in Argentina for most of her professional career thus far.
Currently, Balin owns a professional record of 10 wins and 2 losses. Out of her 10 total victories, 9 have come by exciting finish including 5 submissions and 4 knockouts.
On the other hand, Xiong has a professional record of 14-1. She is known as one of the top three leading female martial arts talents in China.
Xiong began her career competing in professional boxing and was inspired by her father, who imparted in her values of courage and integrity. Featuring a wide array of skills, she recently bagged a gold medal at the prestigious China Open Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament in 2017.
In Xiong’s last bout, she figured in a grueling championship encounter against Singapore’s Tiffany “No Chill” Teo, 27, of Singapore, winning by technical knockout in the fourth round. Up next, Xiong returns to China to defend her title against an Argentinian warrior.
Here is a clip from “ONE: Kings of Courage, which was headlined by Xiong and Teo:
Ticket information for ONE: BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS is available at www.onefc.com.