Why bother showing up to a fight you cannot win? Ok Rae Yoon was looked at as a sacrificial lamb on more than one occasion, a box that he’s been put in many times before. He was a heavy underdog against Marat Gafurov, a tune-up fight for the Russian berserker and hardly a threat at … Continue reading "Ok Rae Yoon Can Cement ‘Legend Killer’ Status with Victory Over Christian Lee"
Thai striking ace Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy predicts another highlight-reel knockout when he makes his return against Taiki “Silent Sniper” Naito at ONE: Revolution this Friday, 24 September. The former ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion is one of the most electrifying strikers in ONE Super Series, having knocked out Josh Tonna, Kenny Tse, … Continue reading "Petchdam Not Impressed with Taiki Naito, Plans KO Victory to Earn Rematch with Rodtang"
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, “The Baby Shark” Petchdam Petchyindee Academy has had ample time to think about his future in Muay Thai, and he’s realized that he must be better than ever if he wants another shot at a ONE World Title. “I’m desperate to win this fight because it will re-boost my confidence after a long downtime … Continue reading "Petchdam Predicts Left Shin Will Earn The Win Against Taiki Naito"
Chatri Sityodtong marked another significant milestone in his martial arts journey. On Saturday, 18 September, the ONE Championship Chairman and CEO earned a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) brown belt promotion via the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York. The self-made entrepreneur took to Facebook to share the momentous occasion, describing it as an extensive yet fulfilling … Continue reading "ONE Championship’s Chatri Sityodtong Promoted to Brown Belt in BJJ"
ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong appeared on MMA journalist Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” to break the news about ONE: X and three of the event’s accompanying bouts. Speaking on the show on 15 September, Sityodtong revealed to the MMA world that a special megafight and two ONE World Title bouts would take place … Continue reading "Chatri Sityodtong Announces Megafight For ONE Championship’s 10th Anniversary Event"
With zero exemptions, everyone deals with stress in one way or another. Be it through work life, social life or other, stress is inevitable and different people cope in different ways. For ONE Championship atomweight newcomer Victoria Souza, holding an office job as a business administrator at age 16 was her main source of stress. … Continue reading "How a Failed Attempt at Zumba Led to a Pro MMA Career for Victoria Souza"
ONE Championship made headlines in 2020 when it signed mixed martial arts legend Vitor Belfort. Plenty of amazing matchups awaited “The Phenom” in the Singapore-based martial arts promotion. Unfortunately, things didn’t exactly pan out for either side, and Belfort never got to compete in the Circle. ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong cleared the air on the … Continue reading "Chatri Sityodtong Clears Air on Vitor Belfort Situation"
Indian wrestling star Ritu Phogat is developing quite nicely in her burgeoning mixed martial arts career, as evidenced by her most recent performance. “The Indian Tigress” has grown immensely in confidence after a spectacular outing against #2-ranked atomweight contender Meng Bo at the recently concluded ONE: EMPOWER in Singapore, and already, she has her sights … Continue reading "Ritu Phogat Eyes Angela Lee’s World Title After Confidence-Boosting Win Over Meng Bo"
“The Fighting God” Kim Jae Woong could put himself in a position to challenge for the ONE Featherweight World Championship – if he beats his next opponent, that is. The #5-ranked featherweight contender takes on former titleholder Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen at ONE: REVOLUTION on Friday, 24 September. “First of all, I think Martin Nguyen is a great fighter and a … Continue reading "Kim Jae Woong Wants To Make Martin Nguyen ‘Roll In Pain And Give Up’"
In his jaw-dropping 27-year martial arts career, Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout has never shied away from a fight, and he’s not about to start now. The 37-year-old will face ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Capitan Petchyindee Academy for the belt at ONE: REVOLUTION on Friday, 24 September. “When I got the offer by phone, I had to say, ‘Please repeat what … Continue reading "Mehdi Zatout Seeks To Avenge Student’s Loss To Capitan: ‘I’ve Kept This Fire’"
Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen is hoping to recapture his old form against “The Fighting God” Kim Jae Woong at ONE: REVOLUTION on Friday, 24 September. However, he knows the South Korean will be looking to prove his own point in their highly anticipated scrap. “He’s [doing] the right things, [trying to] take out a … Continue reading "Martin Nguyen Plans To Finish Kim Jae Woong Anywhere The Fight Goes"
Christian Lee—the younger brother of Angela—has all but cleared out the entire lightweight division’s top five. The Singaporean reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion defeated Shinya Aoki to capture the belt, Iuri Lapicus and Timofey Nastyukhin in defense of the belt and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev in a tournament bout. Those names comprise four of the top … Continue reading "Christian Lee Suggests ONE Hold Another Lightweight Tournament After He Clears Division"
After much debate, “Arale Chan” Seo Hee Ham is indeed heading into the semifinals of the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix. At ONE: EMPOWER last Friday, 3 September, Seo defeated Denice “Lycan Queen” Zamboanga by split decision, but many fans thought the judges’ call was unfair and that the Filipina should have won the quarterfinal bout. The sheer amount … Continue reading "Official Ruling: Seo Hee Ham Retains Win Over Denice Zamboanga"
Becoming a champion in mixed martial arts requires more than simply defeating the necessary opposition. At the highest level it requires a mindset featuring self-belief, determination, and resilience. ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee boasts such a mindset in spades, having captured the inaugural atomweight belt in 2016 by winning a unanimous decision … Continue reading "Angela Lee Reiterates Decision to Refuse to Vacate Atomweight Title at Heated Media Day Session"
ONE: EMPOWER may have gone down as one of the most exciting mixed martial arts cards of recent months, but ONE: FIRST STRIKE could very well match the intensity. With only Muay Thai and kickboxing, the all-striking event goes down on 15 October and features the best ONE Super Series featherweight strikers on the planet. In the … Continue reading "Giorgio Petrosyan, Rodtang Back In Action At ONE: FIRST STRIKE"
With the recent announcement of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix, now’s a better time than ever to follow the tournament participants as they prepare for the most prestigious kickboxing Grand Prix on the globe. The quarterfinals of the kickboxing spectacle, which begins on 15 October at ONE: FIRST STRIKE, features eight of the greatest featherweight kickboxers … Continue reading "8 ONE Featherweight Kickboxers You Must Follow On Instagram"
Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat made the most of second chances after re-entering the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix and defeating a top-ranked contender in the quarterfinals. Phogat faced #2-ranked atomweight Meng Bo at ONE: EMPOWER last Friday, 3 September, overcame a thoroughly gassing first round, and blazed through the next two rounds to score the unanimous … Continue reading "Ritu Phogat On Beating Meng Bo, Entering Grand Prix Semifinals: ‘I Will Be Training Even Harder’"
As expected, the women of ONE: EMPOWER delivered from opening bout to main event, but the highlights of the evening had to be Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat defeating a veteran opponent and “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan defending her ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship against a 13-time BJJ World Champion. “The Indian Tigress” overcame an early struggle against highly touted … Continue reading "Ritu Phogat Overcomes Naysayers, Xiong Defends World Title At ONE: EMPOWER"
The fate of the four athletes who’ll be competing in the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix semifinals will not be decided by ONE Championship’s matchmakers. Instead, that power will belong to the organization’s global fan base. After the quarterfinals of the historic tournament conclude at ONE: EMPOWER on Friday, 3 September, fans will get to vote on … Continue reading "ONE Championship Lets Fans Play Matchmaker"
ONE women’s strawweight titleholder “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan is relishing every second of her reign over the division. “For me, having the World Championship belt in mixed martial arts is more important than my life,” she said. “And I’ll take care of it with my life because other people can watch me in my fights.” Those people will … Continue reading "Xiong Jing Nan Planning To Persevere Against BJJ World Champion Nicolini"
Podcast host, comedian, and commentator Joe Rogan is one of the most well-versed voices in mixed martial arts, so he knows a thing or two about the athletes who compete in the all-encompassing sport. This past week, he aired his thoughts on the GOAT of MMA, and four names came to mind: Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” … Continue reading "Joe Rogan Names His Mixed Martial Arts GOAT"
As the old proverb goes: “speak softly and carry a big stick — you will go far.” Platitude or not, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more suitable athlete to fit this moniker than the likes of Mei Yamaguchi. Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, don’t be deceived by Yamaguchi’s soft-spoken tone, her proverbial stick comes in … Continue reading "Quickest Way to Title Shot: Mei Yamaguchi Talks Being Atomweight World Grand Prix Alternate"
Meng Bo wants nothing more than to challenge ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee for her strap, and this Friday, 3 September, she’ll get the chance to move one step closer to her ultimate goal. Meng takes on Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat in the quarterfinals of the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix at ONE: EMPOWER, the historic … Continue reading "Meng Bo Looking To Notch Knockout Win In Grand Prix Quarterfinals"
Mixed martial arts veteran “Arale Chan” Seo Hee Ham is hoping to show a young rising star what it takes to reach the top. The 34-year-old will take on 24-year-old Denice “Lycan Queen” Zamboanga in the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix quarterfinals this Friday, 3 September, at the historic ONE: EMPOWER. In the process, she will attempt to overcome the #1-ranked atomweight contender and … Continue reading "Seo Hee Ham Aiming For ‘One-Shot Knockout’ Against Denice Zamboanga"
Top Japanese atomweight talent Itsuki “Android 18” Hirata is fully focused on her upcoming fight, and says she’s well-prepared for anything her opponent brings to the table. Hirata is set to face Alyse Anderson of the United States in the quarterfinal round of the highly anticipated ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix, scheduled to commence … Continue reading "Itsuki Hirata On Alyse Anderson: ‘I Don’t See Her As Much Of A Threat’"