24 July 2018 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history ONE Championship™ (ONE) held the official kick-off press conference for “ONE: Reign of Kings” on July 24, 2018 at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines. Announced during the event was the partnership between the organization and Globe Telecom, the leading provider of telecommunications services in the Philippines.
In conjunction with Globe Telecom, ONE Championship launched the exclusive ONE Championship Super App launch sponsor in the Philippines at the press conference. Gracing the event were ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, 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.”
Top bantamweight contender Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon (18-5) of Baguio City, Philippines will go head-to-head with reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen (11-2) of Sydney, Australia in a highly-anticipated showdown for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship. The two superstars both pack incredible power in each of their fists and will look to put on a show in Manila.
Also on the card are co-main event participants, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki (40-8, 1NC) of Tokyo, Japan and Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai (9-2) of Bangkok, Thailand, who will do battle for lightweight supremacy. In addition, the legendary Renzo Gracie (13-7-1, 1NC) of Brazil will face Yuki Kondo (60-34-9) of Japan in a historic bout between legends of the cage.
Hometown hero and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang (19-6) of Baguio City, Philippines and opponent Aziz Pahrudinov (20-0-1) of Dagestan, Russia were present. They will compete in a much-anticipated three-round lightweight contest.
“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: