It appears that Manila, Philippines is one of the favorite venues of ONE Championship. On July 27, 2018, the premier mixed martial arts promotion holding at the SM Mall of Asia Arena yet another historical event titled “ONE: Reign of Kings,” which features a superfight between MMA legends Renzo Gracie, 51, of Brazil and Yuki “Sora” Kondo, 42, of Japan.
“ONE: Reign of Kings” marks Kondo’s ONE Championship debut. For Gracie, it will be his first bout in the promotion and his last bout as a professional MMA fighter.
Defeating Kondo at “ONE: Reign of Kings” would reverse the negative punctuation of Gracie’s MMA career. The last time Gracie competed in the cage was on April 10, 2010 at the Ferrari World Concert Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at “UFC 112” where he lost to Matt Hughes via technical knockout via leg kicks and punches.
Like Gracie, Kondo is coming out of a loss. In Kondo’s most recent bout, which took place at the Amagasaki Cultural Center Archaic Hall in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan on December 24, 2017 at “Pancrase vs Deep: Osaka,” he was knocked out by his fellow Japanese fighter Jutaro Nakao, 47, via punches.
As a professional MMA fighter, Kondo has 60 wins, 34 losses and 9 draws. On the other hand, Gracie has 13 wins and 7 losses.
The main event of “ONE: Reign of Kings” has yet to be confirmed. However, ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong has announced that reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam and Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, of the Philippines are on the card for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion title.
Also on the “ONE: Reign of Kings” card is former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, who is Belingon’s fellow Team Lakay fighter. Here is a clip featuring Folayang: