This coming Friday, 8 March, ONE Championship returns to Yangon, Myanmar for the first time in 2019.
The world’s largest martial arts organization will bring ONE: REIGN OF VALOR to the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium and, as always, the atmosphere will be electric.
In addition to the headline attraction, the 14-bout card is set to feature a host of elite-level match-ups in both kickboxing and mixed martial arts.
As event night draws near, here are four major reasons why you must watch this spectacular card.
#1 A ONE Welterweight World Title Main Event
The ONE Welterweight World Championship will be on the line in the main event, as reigning titleholder Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam defends the gold against Kazakh grappling ace Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin.
After enduring many trials and tribulations during his adolescence, Kadestam discovered martial arts and transformed his life. When he knocked out previously-unbeaten American Tyler McGuire to win the belt in November, the Swedish star proved to the world that you can escape a bad situation and achieve greatness through martial arts.
As the proud holder of the ONE Welterweight World Title, his challenge now is to remain at the top of the mountain by turning back all contenders, starting with Kichigin.
The Kazakh is riding a 14-bout win streak stretching back to 2014, and he has earned 16 of his 20 victories by submission. He will make his promotional debut in the most important contest of his career as he looks to dethrone “The Bandit” with his special brand of grappling.
#2 Heavyweight Knockout Artists Collide
Two of the most powerful heavyweight strikers are scheduled to go head-to-head in a bout that will surely have fans on the edge of their seats.
Hong Kong’s Alain “The Panther” Ngalani already has a stunning highlight-reel of spectacular finishes, while Cage Warriors Heavyweight Champion Mauro Cerilli enters the three-round affair with a host of stoppage wins on his record.
The colossal Italian will be doubly motivated after falling to ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera in his debut last November. But now, in his second appearance in The Home Of Martial Arts, he plans on making amends with a big win against the Cameroon-born striker.
Ngalani is targeting success in both mixed martial arts and kickboxing in 2019, and the 43-year-old human action figure will look to deliver yet another spectacular display against a seasoned veteran.
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While Ngalani and Cerilli prepare to collide in mixed martial arts competition, two of the best strikers in ONE Super Series’ light heavyweight division are set to do the same under the kickboxing rule set.
Both men are renowned for their knockout power, so fans in Yangon can expect a heavy-handed slugfest that could very well end with the victor not just earning a win, but also the ‘Knockout Of The Night’ award.
A victory would also position the winner as the top light heavyweight in ONE Super Series.
#4 A Local Talent Showcase
Two-division ONE World Champion Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang may not be competing on this show, but he will be watching three of his compatriots represent Myanmar and try to make the country proud.
It will be a local talent showcase led by Phoe “Bushido” Thaw, who squares off against Indonesia’s Yohan “The Ice Man” Mulia Legowo in the night’s co-main event. A win would surely help him break into the ONE Featherweight World Title picture.
However, setting the pace for the country on this special night is two-time Myanmar National Boxing Champion Bozhena Antoniyar, who clashes with Malaysia’s Audreylaura “Ice Comet” Boniface in a women’s atomweight bout.