On August 23, 2018, ONE Championship held its first ever press conference in Japan at Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo. Leading the event was ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
“Our mission at ONE Championship is sacred, we want to unleash martial arts superheroes unto the world, world-class athletes who ignite passion and hope and who help weave martial arts into the very fabric of human life,” Sityodtong declared during the press conference. “By sharing their stories with the world, ONE Championship aims to change the lives of many through the beauty of sport and discipline.”
According to Sityodtong, ONE Championship has been planning for a very long time to bring the authentic martial arts experience in Japan to the fans “deep in the heart of Asia.” He added that the country has “a rich martial arts culture and history.”
The press conference was for the ONE Championship debut in Japan, which is scheduled on March 31, 2019. The second event of the promotion in the country will be on October 11, 2019.
“It is our absolute pleasure to announce today that we will be officially holding our first ever live event in Tokyo next March,” Sityodtong said. “The ONE Championship superstars here today are some of the greatest talents in the world, bar none. They came out here to show their support for ONE Championship, and are living proof of the greatness of martial arts and the impact it has on our lives.”
“Together, we can inspire the world to walk in the true values of martial arts, (which are) integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline and compassion,” the ONE Championship chairman and CEO added. “We look forward to seeing you all once again, right here in March 2019.”
ONE Championship is having a phenomenal 2018 thus far, and with eight more blockbuster live events left to close the year, there is a lot of world-class martial arts action to look forward to. The next two events “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” set for September 8, 2019 in Shanghai, China and “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” set for September 22, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia already feature some of the most compelling martial arts contests of the year that fans can certainly look forward to.
In addition, world championship boxing makes its ONE Championship debut when The Ring and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Thailand defends his title against Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Mexico in the main event of “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” set for October 6, 2018 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Meanwhile, here is Sityodtong in a recent event in the Philippines: