ONE Championship is returning to Macau, China for “ONE: Pinnacle of Power,” which will take place at the Studio City Event Center on June 23, 2018. It will feature three strikes-only ONE Super Series matches and seven mixed martial arts contests, two of which are title bouts.
“ONE Championship is absolutely thrilled to be coming back to Macau, and we are excited to host an amazing show at the Studio City Event Center,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “The entertainment capital of Asia is home to ONE Championship’s most compelling contests, and on 23 June we have an electric card for all martial arts fans.”
“In addition to two blockbuster world title bouts at the top of the card, we have a series of exciting showdowns planned all throughout the night,” Sityodtong added. “It’s going to be an incredible evening of action that fans will surely not want to miss.”
The last time ONE Championship was in Macau was on August 12, 2017 for “ONE: Kings and Conquerors.” It was headlined by reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Brazil and Andrew Leone, 28, of the United States.
“ONE: Pinnacle of Power” will be headlined by reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 30, of Shandong, China and Laura Balin, 38, of Argentina. It will be co-headlined by reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, of Brazil and reigning ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines.
Balin is making her ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power.” For the entirety of her professional MMA career, she competed in South America so this will be her first time to compete in Asia.
On the other hand, Xiong was a gold medalist at the prestigious China Open Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament in 2017. She began her career competing in professional boxing and was inspired by her father, who imparted in her values of courage and integrity.
Like Xiong, Eustaquio is one of the top Asian martial artists of today. A highly decorated Wushu practitioner, the Filipino fighter has solid striking and grappling skill set that has led to huge victories over the course of a seven-year professional career.
Training in the high altitudes of the Philippines’ summer capital, Baguio City, Eustaquio hones his craft alongside his elite teammates at the fabled Team Lakay. In his most recent bout, he became the ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion by avenging himself from former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov, 30, of Kazakhstan in a rematch.
The next step for Eustaquio is to snatch the ONE Flyweight World Champion title from Moraes, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with well-rounded striking and grappling skills. In Moraes’s most recent bout, he successfully defended his title against Eustaquio’s fellow Team Lakay fighter Danny “The King” Kingad, 22.
Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Sityodtong days before Moraes’s bout with Kingad: