At ONE: CENTURY PART II a pair of giants of their sport will collide as the two-division ONE World Champion defends his light heavyweight belt against the ONE Heavyweight World Champion.
It is a match-up that has been in the making for almost an entire year between two knockout artists who never fail to entertain in the Circle.
If you have missed anything on their journey to this historic night, catch up here by looking back on how it came to be, how it has all the makings of a classic, and why the athletes involved are among the most iconic martial artists in the world.
The Road To CENTURY
Vera returned to action in style after a two-year absence last November, and he maintained his streak of first-round KOs to defend his World Title at home in the Philippines.
Even then, “The Truth” had his eye on an October 2019 date with his upcoming opponent, but first, he had to wait for Aung La N Sang to fulfill his obligations in the middleweight division.
In a rematch of the greatest bout in ONE history, “The Burmese Python” dispatched Ken Hasegawa at ONE: A NEW ERA with one of the knockouts of 2019 so far, and that cleared the path for this World Champion vs. World Champion super-bout.
“The Truth” respectfully challenged the Myanmar hero in the Circle moments after his hand was raised, and the match-up was practically a done deal by the end of the post-event press conference.
As soon as they flew home at the start of April, the preparation, and the hype, began. Even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson got caught up in the excitement.
Breaking Down The Bout
After months of training, the contest was in the athletes’ sights, and they began to formulate game plans to ensure they get their hands raised.
“The Burmese Python’s” strategy looks likely to try to take advantage of his active schedule by taking the 42-year-old into deep water. However, the Alliance Training Center representative is determined to finish the Myitkyina native with his speed and power before he has the chance.
Of course, both men predict they will win, so we recruited some of The Home Of Martial Arts’ top starts to get their expert and impartial views about who might emerge with the ‘W.’
We also analyzed the most potent weapons in each athletes’ arsenal that could be pivotal in taking them to victory.
Martial Arts Heroes
For both World Champions, their success in the Circle is only part of the reasons why they are role models, and they also explored aspects of their life that inspire people around the world ahead of their meeting in Japan.
Aung La N Sang revealed how he is driven to succeed on the global stage so he can bring honor to his country, and expose its beauty to the rest of the planet. He is also committed to using his profile to raise awareness about charitable causes that are close to his heart.
In the opposite corner, “The Truth” revealed that though his life changed immeasurably since he became a World Champion, he has kept his feet on the ground. That is due in large part to the values he learned as a martial artist – and during his time in the military.
Both men are role models for the way they conduct themselves inside and outside the Circle, and that was obvious when they showed their respect at the pre-event press conference on Thursday, 9 October, and promised they would remain as friends after they finished trying to take each other out in Tokyo.
Tokyo | CENTURY | ONE Championship’s 100th Live Event | Tickets: Purchase here
- Watch PART I in USA on 12 October at 8pm EST and PART II on 13 October at 4am EST
- Watch PART I in India on 13 October at 5:30am IST and PART II at 1:30pm IST
- Watch PART I in Indonesia on 13 October at 7am WIB and PART II at 3pm WIB
- Watch PART I in Singapore on 13 October at 8am SGT and PART II at 4pm SGT
- Watch PART I in the Philippines on 13 October at 8am PHT and PART II at 4pm PHT
- Watch PART I in Japan on 13 October at 9am JST and PART II at 5pm JST
ONE: CENTURY is the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history with 28 World Champions featured across various martial arts. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events on the same day.
The Home Of Martial Arts will break new ground as it brings multiple World Title bouts, a trio of World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and several World Champion versus World Champion matches to the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on 13 October.