Tom “T-Bone” DeBlass, 38, of Forked River, New Jersey, United States is expected to compete in ONE Championship after the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu icon will join the heavyweight and light heavyweight ranks of the Singapore-based martial arts organization.
“The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 35, of Myanmar is the reigning champion of ONE Championship’s light heavyweight and middleweight divisions. Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 42, of the Philippines is the reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion.
DeBlass competed as a light heavyweight from 2010 to 2012 and in the middleweight division from 2012 to 2013. ONE Championship has yet to announce whether his first opponent in the promotion is Aung or Vera.
As an MMA fighter, DeBlass competed professionally from 2010 to 2013 and his official record stands at 9 wins and 2 losses, including 4 victories by knockout and 2 by submission. Following stoppage wins over Carlos Brooks and Jason Lambert in 2013, DeBlass decided to put his professional career on the shelf to focus on developing his students at Ocean County Jiu Jitsu (OCJJ).
“If I did come back to competition, it’s with ONE and no one else,” DeBlass said when asked why he chose ONE Championship. “I look at ONE as a way of life and not fighting.”
“I don’t look at ONE as fighting at all,” DeBlass continued. “I look at ONE as a chance to showcase my skills once again, have fun and push myself and hopefully inspire other people.”
Much is expected of DeBlass but he is simply focused on taking one bout at a time and looking for victory each time he steps into the circle. He explained, “I don’t want to get ahead of myself.”
“I don’t want to disrespect anyone that has been in ONE or any titleholders or anybody who has been putting their time in,” DeBlass continued. “I’m just going to say my goal is to inspire everyone, fight by fight. “Every fight I have, I look to win. Every competition I have, I look to win.”
“Whatever path God takes me on, whether that be a world title or defeat, I accept my fate,” DeBlass added. “Let’s see what happens. It’s going to be phenomenal.”