On April 17, 2018, ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong led the panel of the press conference for “ONE: Heroes of Honor” at the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila in Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines. “ONE: Heroes of Honor” will mark the world premiere of the highly-anticipated ONE Super Series.
Announced earlier this year, ONE Super Series aims to provide the world’s best martial artists a prestigious global platform to showcase the beauty of Asia’s striking arts such as Muay Thai, kickboxing, Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Wushu, Sanda, Silat and Lethwei, among others.
“It’s an open invitation to the greatest strikers in the world,” Sityodtong said. “Fans will witness the absolute elite in striking martial arts, as they go head-to-head on the biggest and most prestigious global stage of competition.”
With ONE Super Series, ONE Championship is now considered the largest martial arts organization in the world. While competing promotions do offer a similar product, according to Sityodtong, they only offer one flavor of martial arts as opposed to ONE Championship which hosts bouts across all styles of martial arts.
“Aside from the many great bouts this Friday night, what I’m most excited about is the launch of ONE Super Series. ONE Championship is the only global player to encompass all styles of martial arts,” said Sityodtong. “We have the best in all styles going up against each other. That’s definitely something to look forward to.”
Making his appearance in the co-main event of the evening, kickboxing elite Giorgio Petrosyan is elated at his chance to leverage ONE Championship’s massive worldwide audience reach. Broadcast to a potential 1.7 billion on any given night to over 136 countries worldwide, ONE Super Series will harness the full potential of ONE Championship’s global influence in order to highlight the greatest in striking martial arts.
While the promotion is gearing up for a very busy mid-year, Sityodtong teases that there are plenty more surprises to come, including the highly-anticipated launch of ONE Championship’s new mobile app, slated to arrive in the coming months. He said, “The new ONE Championship mobile app is a true game changer in the world of martial arts.”
“Soon, fans will have access to all our blockbuster live events and complete library of Hi-Definition content in the palm of their hands, all for free, and you can watch from anywhere in the world,” the ONE Championship CEO added. “It’s going to take ONE Championship to the next level.”
Before the end of the press conference, Sityodtong also revealed plans to establish a professional boxing league in addition to ONE Super Series, inviting the greatest boxers from the Philippines and around the world to join the promotion. Also in attendance at the press conference were main card competitors Honorio “The Rock” Banario of Team Lakay, opponent Adrian “The Hunter” Pang of Australia, as well as various ONE Championship athletes who mixed in with the crowd.
Headlined by Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines and Andrew Leone of the United States, “ONE: Heroes of Honor” will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila on April 20, 2018. Here is a clip from the press conference, which was attended by more than 400 members of the local and international media: