ONE Championship will hold its first ever event in Japan titled “ONE: A New Era” on March 31, 2019. On January 25, 2019, the Singapore-based martial arts organization announced that it will be an exclusive partner to Japanese martial arts organization Shooto.
The partnership will see both ONE Championship and Shooto work together to further develop the martial arts industry in Japan. This will provide athletes a global platform to showcase their talents and develop their skills.
“ONE Championship is excited to offer Shooto athletes and World Champions the opportunity to compete on the world’s largest stage for martial arts,” ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “We see big potential in Japan’s martial arts talent, and are committed to developing Japan’s ecosystem. Our partnership with Shooto is a great opportunity for both organizations to create a new era for martial arts in Japan.”
Under the terms of the partnership, all Professional Shooto World Champions will receive the opportunity to compete in ONE Championship, the world’s largest martial arts organization. Kazuhiro Sakamoto CEO stated, “We believe our close collaboration with ONE will not only be beneficial to Shooto and its athletes but also for the future of the martial arts industry in Japan.”
The winner of the upcoming All-Japan Amateur Shooto Championship will receive the opportunity to train at Evolve MMA in Singapore for a year. Evolve MMA was founded by Sityodtong in 2009.
Evolve MMA is Asia’s number one martial arts training facility boasting of a world-class instructor team which features the most number of World Champions available anywhere in the world in martial arts disciplines such as mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing, among others. It is the largest and most experienced martial arts team in Asia with over 1,000 years of World Championship experience collectively.
Training out of Evolve MMA, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan will headline “ONE: A New Era.” He will challenge reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, here is Aoki’s ring walkout in a ONE Championship event in the Philippines in 2018: