On July 24, 2018, ONE Championship held the official kick-off press conference for “ONE: Reign of Kings” at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines. Leading the athletes during the event are the headliners and Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines and reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia and Vietnam.
“Kevin Belingon and Martin Nguyen are ready to put on a show,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said during the event. “This matchup gives me goosebumps and I know everyone is excited to see how it unfolds. When you put two aggressive and explosive strikers in the cage together, it is sure to produce fireworks.”
Nguyen and Belingon will compete for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion title. The winner is expected to challenge reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil.
“You literally cannot blink when these two guys finally meet at the center of the ONE cage” Sityodtong said. “Given how both are incredible finishers, I don’t expect this bout to go the distance. Bibiano Fernandes is lying in wait, and the winner of this bout goes on to unify the bantamweight world titles!”
In conjunction with Globe Telecom, ONE Championship launched the exclusive ONE Championship Super App launch sponsor in the Philippines at the “ONE: Reign of Kings” press conference.
Joining Sityodtong at the event were Globe chief commercial officer Albert de Larrazabal, Globe’s Content Business Group senior vice president Nikko Z. Acosta, City of Dreams Manila senior vice president and chief operating officer Kevin Benning, Games and Amusements Board chairman Abraham Kahlil B. Mitra.
“ONE: Reign of Kings” will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila. Sityodtong announced, “ONE Championship is going all-out in the second half of 2018, and we always have something special planned for Manila.”
“In what is perhaps the biggest martial arts spectacle ever held in the Philippines, we have an amazing evening planned for everyone this Friday night,” the ONE Championship chairman and CEO said. “The Mall of Asia Arena will be rocking with action and excitement, delivered by the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent.”
Here is Sityodtong at the “ONE: Reign of Kings” press conference: