Making its highly-anticipated premiere at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” is the recently announced ONE Super Series. ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong broke the news about the new striking super-league in March 2018, promising to bring together the greatest talents in the world of striking under one umbrella.
ONE Super Series will be unveiled on April 20, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The new league 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.
This means that martial artists of varying striking backgrounds now have the chance to pit their skills against one another in a regulated, safe environment conducive to action and excitement. Among the first to give fans a taste of all the action are global kickboxing superstar Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan of Gorizia, Italy and Muay Thai superstar “Smokin” Jo Nattawut of Thailand.
Apart from the premise of bringing together the world’s greatest strikers, ONE Championship is also set to unveil a brand new five-rope ring designed specifically for ONE Super Series but will also be used in its standard Global Rule Set contests. The ONE Championship cage has remained the staple playing field for the promotion since its establishment in 2011, but bouts will slowly transition into a ring-only format in the future, an homage to great Asian martial arts promotions of yesteryear.
Main event combatants Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines and Andrew Leone of Cortland, New York, USA, along with other martial artists on the card, will be also competing in the brand new stage, marking the first time in the promotion’s history that Global Rule Set bouts will be held inside the ring. Here is a clip from the “ONE: Heroes of Honor” press conference on April 17, 2018: