On Sunday, 13 October, ONE Championship will make its return to the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan for its historic 100th live event, ONE: CENTURY.
Dozens of athletes from all around the globe are primed for battle in Muay Thai, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts bouts, and among them will be some heavy-hitting knockout artists.
Whether it’s punches, kicks, knees or elbows, the stars of the double-header can end an opponent’s night in the blink of an eye.
As event night draws near, take a look at 10 of the best knockouts from the superstars scheduled to compete on Part I of this groundbreaking spectacle.
Xiong’s Stunning Comeback Salvo
After she had endured a wince-inducing armbar attempt at the end of round four, the Chinese star knew she needed to deliver something special in the final frame to retain her crown.
Lee looked fatigued from her efforts to finish the match, but Xiong kept up the pressure. She slammed her right fist into the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion’s midsection with every ounce of power she had left. Lee immediately hunched over in pain, and “The Panda” finished the job with a salvo of strikes.
The Chinese hero will look to replicate that performance — and take Lee’s gold — when the two return to the Japanese capital to meet in the headline attraction on 13 October.
A Pair Of Firsts For Lee
Lee defended her ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship for the first time against Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2017.
Fans previously watched her dismantle opponents with her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills, but against a fellow grappler in Huang, she dominated with her striking.
The Singaporean-American hurt “Lady Gogo” with her slick kickboxing, but she switched up her strategy by snapping her rival to the canvas. Lee took inside wrist control on the judo black belt, and then she pummeled the challenger with punches until the referee stopped the bout and awarded “Unstoppable” with her first TKO victory.
Lee rematches Xiong in Tokyo, but this time, it is her ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title that is up for grabs.
“Dagi” Blasts Khan With Powerful Punches
In a true mixed martial arts showcase, Turkey’s Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev knocked out Amir Khan to earn his place in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Championship Final.
“Dagi” used his wrestling to throw the Singaporean around the ring at ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON in his opponent’s home country back in May, and then he let go with his powerful striking arsenal.
Arslanaliev had the young lion backed up against the ropes, and he feinted his way into range. A left hook connected first, followed by a right, and then a pair of clubbing uppercuts separated Khan from his senses.
“Dagi” will face off against Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez for the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Championship next.
Wakamatsu Stuns A Former World Champion
The Japanese prodigy courageously went to the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines for a bout with former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, and he blasted the hometown hero with a crunching right hand.
Wakamatsu showed glimpses of his power against Demetrious Johnson and Eustaquio’s Team Lakay stablemate Danny Kingad, but when a jab-cross combination turned out the former World Champion’s lights, he left no doubt about the dynamite in his right hand.
For his next bout, he returns home to welcome former ONE Bantamweight World Title challenger “Ottogi” Dae Hwan Kim to the flyweight division.
Dae Hwan Kim’s Sensational Flurry
South Korean sensation Dae Hwan Kim overwhelms Ayideng Jumayi with a ferocious flurry to secure a TKO victory at 4:11 of Round 1!Watch the full event on the ONE Super App ???? http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast
Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, May 3, 2019
This past May at ONE: FOR HONOR in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kim showed that patience can indeed pay off.
He took the first half of the opening round to figure out his rival Ayideng “The Kazakh Eagle” Jumayi before rallying for a finish in the final minute of their match-up.
With 60 seconds left on the clock, Kim rocked his man with a right hook behind the ear and then unloaded a series of uppercuts to get the TKO victory.
The South Korean will meet Wakamatsu in front of the Tribe Tokyo MMA representative’s home fans.
Sam-A Secures World Title With Stunning Elbows
In May 2018, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao dialed up the pressure on Sergio “Samurai” Wielzen to score an emphatic finish in the first-ever ONE Super Series World Title bout at ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS in Singapore.
The ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship match-up ended in round four as Sam-A first dropped the Dutchman with a clean right elbow. He followed that up with a three-elbow combination that left “Samurai” unable to continue.
The Thai legend wants to get back on the winning trail, and he gets a chance to do so against Daren Rolland in Japan.
Adiwang Reveals His Power In OWS
Lito Adiwang‘s first bout in Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series last October was an early indicator of his phenomenal striking acumen.
He stepped out with a similar look and a similar style to his teammate, former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon.
The Team Lakay star threw everything into his punches and kicks, and he eventually landed a thunderous uppercut on Jose Manuel Huerta to score a first-round knockout.
Two more wins in ONE’s developmental league earned him a main roster spot, and now he will make his promotional debut against Japan’s Senzo Ikeda.
Phoe Thaw’s Knockout Push Kick
Sor Sey tried to swing hard at his much taller rival, but he was sent reeling by the Myanmar featherweight star’s jab. As the Cambodian stumbled backward, Phoe Thaw stepped in with a crushing right push kick to the face, which immediately ended the contest.
In Japan, “Bushido” makes his return to the Circle against the prodigious talent below.
‘The Big Heart” Crushes Trestle Tan
South Korean maestro Yoon Chang Min connects with a stunning right hand to turn the lights out on Filipino superstar Trestle Tan!????: Check local listings for global TV broadcast????: Watch on the ONE Super App ????http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp
Posted by ONE Championship on Saturday, June 15, 2019
South Korea’s “The Big Heart” Yoon Chang Min threw everything at Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan in their battle at ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST in June, and he needed just a single round to pick up a decisive victory.
Yoon attacked the durable Filipino veteran with heavy uppercuts, kicks, and knees. Tan tried to resist, but two straight right hands finished the job after nearly four minutes of one-way traffic.
“The Big Heart” looks to get his third career victory and keep his spotless record intact when he faces Phoe Thaw at the Ryogoku Kokugikan.
“Pretty Boy” Scores Emphatic Debut KO
“Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il’s promotional debut was one of the most devastating in recent memory, as the South Korean dispatched Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen in just 67 seconds at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY this past January.
Kwon looked for a home for his straight right hand throughout the first minute, and then he finely threaded one through the Dutch-Indonesian’s guard to land cleanly on the chin. Engelen dropped, and two more accurate right hands sealed the deal on the ground.
“Pretty Boy” is back in action against seasoned campaigner “The Terminator” Sunoto in the Japanese capital.
Tokyo | 13 October | ONE: CENTURY | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onecentury19
ONE: CENTURY is the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history with 28 World Champions featured across various martial arts. No organization in history 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.