The third ONE Championship event to take place in the Philippines in 2018 was titled “ONE: Reign of Kings.” The press conference took place at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque, Metro Manila on July 24, 2018.
Leading the panel at the press conference was ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. The other panelists were reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia and Vietnam, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki of Japan, Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai of Thailand, Renzo Gracie of Brazil, Yuki “Sora” Kondo of Japan, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines and Aziz Pahrudinov of Russia.
During the press conference, ONE Championship launched the exclusive ONE Championship Super App launch sponsor in the Philippines in partnership with Globe Telecom. Present to witness the official sealing of the partnership 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.
“As purveyor of digital lifestyle, we have redefined how Filipinos can enjoy their entertainment whether in music, movies, sports and live shows,” Acosta stated. “We have partnered with global content brands to bring world-class content to every device be it through mobile or at home. Today, we are redefining sports entertainment by partnering with ONE Championship, not only for Filipinos to enjoy professional mixed martial arts, but to also cheer for our Filipino fighters competing for the flag.”
Fari Salievski and Mark Sangiao accompanied their fighters, as well. The former is the trainer of Nguyen while the latter is the head coach of Team Lakay, which Belingon, Folayang, Pacio and Eustaquio are representing.
Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of the Philippines and Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin,” who were scheduled to compete at “ONE: Reign of Kings,” were also present during the press conference. Other ONE Championship athletes were not on the fight card but attended the event to support their fellow fighters were reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, of the Philippines, reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera of the Philippines and Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige of Thailand.
Several showbiz journalists joined the press conference to interview Vera, who recently starred in the action thriller film “BuyBust.” He was with his co-star Mara Lopez.
“ONE: Reign of Kings” will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila on July 27, 2018. Here is Sityodtong during the press conference: