It will not be long before ONE: MASTERS OF FATE broadcasts live from the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, which means you do not have long to make your selections for the latest round of ONE Fantasy.
The social game from The Home Of Martial Arts gives you the chance to test your knowledge by building a team of superstars who you think will get their hands raised this Friday, 8 November.
Every athlete you select who wins will score points for your squad, and those totals will be multiplied depending on if they can win by stoppage, and how highly you rank them in your lineup. Once the match-ups begin, your picks will go up against others from around the world to determine who has the best knowledge on the global stage.
Ahead of the latest signature event from ONE Championship, see which athletes could help you to beat your friends and other fans from across the planet.
The Biggest Payoffs
If you are chasing the highest possible scores, look no further than the main event.
Because Joshua “The Passion” Pacio vs. Rene “The Challenger” Catalan is a ONE Strawweight World Title bout, the winner will earn the maximum score of 35 points – and that is before any multipliers have been applied.
Both men are proven finishers who are coming off spectacular stoppages in their last contests. Pacio’s highlight-reel knee knockout of Yosuke Saruta would have boosted his total score by a multiple of 1.5.
On the other hand, if “The Challenger” matches the result he achieved against former top dog Yoshitaka Naito, his number will grow five times, giving him a potential high score of 525.
With that said, “The Passion” was last finished more than two years ago, and Catalan has not even tasted defeat since 2014, so recent history suggests each man will have to do something special to give the judges an early night.
If you think these battle-hardened warriors are destined to go the distance, you might prefer to make another athlete your top-ranked selection.
Knockout artists and submission specialists can get you some big points if they can do what they do best, and there are plenty of those kinds of athletes on the bill in Manila.
One of those men is Toni “Dynamite” Tauru, who has achieved eight of his 11 career wins by submission – and five of those came in the first round.
Plus, the first time he faced his upcoming opponent, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, he got the job done with a rear-naked choke in less than four minutes. A repeat result could earn your team up to 450 points.
There are also a pair of athletes on the bill who will bring 100-percent finishing records into the match-ups on Friday.
If you fancy Roshan Mainam or Akihiro “Superjap” Fujisawa to maintain their streaks against Khon Sichan and Kim Kyu Sung, respectively, on the prelims, up to 375 points could help to give you an early lead on the worldwide scoreboards.
Best Value Picks
Going for big points from some of the top-billed and most popular stars can bring big rewards, but it can also be a gamble.
No man has won more bouts in the ONE lightweight division than Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, and backing a main card star like the former World Champion could generate a big score, but it will also cost you a heap of credits.
However, there are other big names toward the top of the running order who are a snip at half the price of the Filipino hero, or less.
“The Million Dollar Baby” Sangmanee Sathian MuayThai is already an icon of Muay Thai thanks to an incredible 180 wins on his record and seven World Titles to his name, but he will set you back just 10 credits.
That leaves you 90 percent of your funds still to play with, and some of that could be well spent on another main card star with finishing potential – Stamp Fairtex. The two-sport ONE World Champion is two for two in terms of finishes in her mixed martial arts career so far, and a third would deliver a healthy boost to your squad of superstars.
However, she will be up against her toughest test in her new discipline yet in the form of Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen, who has only been finished once in her career, and has more wins on her record than her rival has bouts.