ONE Championship will soon be leaving their mark in the Land of the Rising Sun. The world’s premier martial arts organization will soon be breaking into Japan, which is one of the biggest martial arts markets in all of Asia.
After seven years of dominating the biggest markets in Asia, ONE Championship will finally be making its highly anticipated debut in Japan with what is sure to be a stacked card in Tokyo, Japan in March 2019. The organization, which is known as the Home of Martial Arts, has put a premium on celebrating the pure beauty and essence of martial arts while Japan is the birthplace of a number of martial arts including Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Karate and Aikido.
“I am thrilled to announce that some of the greatest martial artists, world champions, and legends on the planet such as Angela Lee, Bibiano Fernandes, Shinya Aoki, Garry Tonon, Renzo Gracie, Giorgio Petrosyan, Brandon Vera, Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, Ralph Gracie, Mei Yamaguchi, Ken Hasegawa,” ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. The promotion’s leader added that many other ONE Championship superstars will join him at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo on August 23, 2018 for a star-studded press conference.
Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 22, of Singapore, Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Brazil and Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 40, of the Philippines are among the reigning world champions of ONE Championship. There is still no announcement about the main event of the promotion’s first event in Japan.
An undefeated fighter, Lee has been reigning as the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion since May 6, 2016. She is expected to have her second rematch with Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi, 35, of Japan.
Fernandes is ONE Championship’s world champion with the most title defenses with a total of seven. He is expected to have his rematch with Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, of the Philippines.
Vera has been reigning as the ONE Heavyweight World Champion since December 11, 2015. He successfully defended his title for the first time on December 2, 2016.
Going hand-in-hand with celebrating martial arts is shining the spotlight on Asia’s biggest and best heroes and champions. Japan has produced more than their fair share of legends in the world of mixed martial arts.
“Japan has the right history of martial arts of Aikido, Kendo, Judo and Karate, so we want to showcase the best martial arts in Japan,” Sityodtong said. “We want to do it in the bushido way, with honor, with respect, with humility not the way our Western counterparts do it. We want to show real Asian values, real Japanese values.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Lee and Vera: