ONE Championship is heading back to the Philippines for the 13th time. On April 20, 2018, the promotion will launch ONE Super Series at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila.
Not only will the blockbuster card feature familiar matches under ONE Championship’s Global Rule Set. It will also mark the debut of the ONE Super Series, which features the world’s very best strikers in action.
For the past six and a half years, ONE Championship has been staging the world’s best martial arts action. Now, the organization is introducing a new global league, especially for elite strikers.
ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong refers to the ONE Super Series debut as an event that pits best fighters against each other. The main event of the ONE Super Series debut will be headlined by Armenian-Italian Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, 32, and Thai-American “Smokin’” Jo Nattawut, 25.
“The absolute best strikers in the world have chosen to continue their professional careers under the ONE Championship banner,” Sityodtong said. “Fans will be treated to the most exciting striking matches where the best face the best inside of both our ring and our cage.”
Sityodtong described the in-ring encounter between Petrosyan and Nattawut at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” as a collision between two highly-decorated kickboxers from different sides of the globe. The ONE Championship Chairman and CEO said, “It’s the best facing the best on the 20th of April in Manila.”
“The world’s pound-for-pound king takes on an international rising superstar from Asia,” Sityodtong added. “There are too many angles and stories to make specifically for this bout. It is only fitting to have this match-up as the headliner of the first ONE Super Series.”
Nattawut is originally from Korat, Thailand and is fighting out of Atlanta, Georgia. He has a record of 60 wins, 11 losses and 2 draws.
Petrosyan is originally from Armenia and is fighting out of Gorizia, Italy. He has 85 wins, 2 losses and 2 No Contest.
Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Sityodtong at the “ONE: Global Superheroes” press conference: