The Best 10 Knockouts From The Stars Of ONE: CENTURY PART II
ONE Championship is bringing dozens of the world’s biggest hitters to Tokyo, Japan for its historic 100th event on Sunday, 13 October.
The most talented combat sports athletes from around the globe will compete in Muay Thai, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts battles at ONE: CENTURY, all of whom are capable of producing highlight-reel knockouts.
In PART II of this colossal double-header, two ONE World Champions with extraordinary knockout power will go head-to-head in the main event, and the supporting cast is also eager to score an emphatic finish inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan.
As event night draws near, take a look at 10 of the best knockouts from the martial artists who will be appearing on the second part of this historic show.
Aung La N Sang’s Enormous Roundhouse
ONE Middleweight World Champion Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang moved up to the light heavyweight division to challenge Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado for the vacant crown at ONE: QUEST FOR GOLD in February 2018.
In front of a hometown crowd in Yangon, Myanmar, Aung La N Sang proved that his power was still a potent threat against bigger men.
“The Burmese Python” probed and looked for an opening on Machado in the first several seconds of the contest, and he finally uncorked a devastating right high kick to his rival’s head.
Although the Brazilian had his left arm up to block the shot, the velocity of the strike was too great. The Myanmar hero’s shin smashed straight through Machado’s defenses and dropped him to the canvas. He sealed the deal with a couple of follow-up punches. In total, it took Aung La N Sang 56 seconds to claim his second piece of gold.
Vera KOs Cheng In Rapid Fashion
It only took 26 seconds for Brandon “The Truth” Vera to knock out Paul “Typhoon” Cheng and capture the inaugural ONE Heavyweight World Title in front of his hometown crowd at ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS in December 2015.
The Filipino-American chopped away with kicks early, but it was Cheng’s aggression that led to the finishing sequence. “Typhoon” jumped in with a cross-hook combination, but ran straight into Vera’s stiff jab and hit the deck.
Cheng immediately bounced back up, but “The Truth” timed his left high kick perfectly to send him down again. A pair of hammerfists cemented the finish, and the crowd inside the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines became unglued.
Vera is aiming to realize a lifelong ambition of being a World Champion in two separate weight classes. He will get a chance to achieve that dream when he challenges Aung La N Sang for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship in the main event of ONE: CENTURY PART II.
Fernandes’ Three-Punch Combo
Bibiano Fernandes may predominantly be a grappler, but he can finish in more ways than one.
Bibiano Fernandes may predominantly be a grappler, but he can finish in more ways than one.Bangkok | 24 March | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onewill18
Posted by ONE Championship on Saturday, March 17, 2018
Multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes entered mixed martial arts as a submission specialist. But now, he is truly a well-rounded combat sports athlete.
In July 2015, he showed how devastating his striking can be in his ONE Bantamweight World Title defense against Toni “Dynamite” Tauru at ONE: KINGDOM OF WARRIORS in Yangon.
The Brazilian finished the challenger with a thudding three-punch combination for a walk-off knockout that thrilled the crowd in the Myanmar capital.
At ONE: CENTURY PART II, he meets the man below.
Belingon’s Back Kick Sends Manila Into Meltdown
Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon’s world-class wushu has never been more evident than in his clash with Bali-based American Andrew Leone at ONE: HEROES OF HONOR in April 2018.
In front of his Filipino compatriots, the Team Lakay product nailed Leone with a perfectly-timed spinning back kick to the body, which sent him tumbling across the ring.
A frenzied assault of punches, elbows, and knees overwhelmed the American, causing the referee to intervene and wave off the contest.
Belingon will attempt to regain the crown against Fernandes in the fourth installment of their epic rivalry.
“The Iron Man” Demolishes Sok Thy
The only thing that was more impressive than Sok Thy’s show of heart was Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon’s aggression and intensity in their Muay Thai encounter at ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT from this past May in Bangkok, Thailand.
Rodtang set up his punishing low kicks with hooks to the head and body, and Thy barely made it out of the opening stanza.
Somehow, the Cambodian found the will to carry on into the second round, but “The Iron Man” was relentless. The hometown hero continued to punctuate every combination with a shin to the thigh until the referee showed some mercy to his rival and stopped the match.
Rodtang will defend his newly-acquired ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title in a bout against Brazilian newcomer Walter Goncalves on 13 October.
Petrosyan’s Famous Left Hand Seals The Deal
Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan and “Smokin” Jo Nattawut went the distance in their first encounter at ONE: HEROES OF HONOR, with the Armenian-Italian getting the nod via unanimous decision.
Their rematch came in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix semifinal at ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD in Bangkok, Thailand last month, and “The Doctor” went one better.
Nattawut looked to engage in the pocket with the two-time K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, but he outstayed his welcome. Petrosyan probed with a jab and then stepped in with a thudding left hand to the jaw, which ended the Thai’s night in the very first round.
Petrosyan will square off against Samy “AK47” Sana for the $US 1 million prize in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Championship Final in the Japanese capital.
Aoki’s Furious Ground And Pound Flurry
Shinya Aoki showcased supreme grappling skills en route to a TKO win at 2:16 of Round 1!
Shinya Aoki showcased supreme grappling skills en route to a TKO win at 2:16 of Round 1! TV: Check local listings for global broadcast
Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, July 27, 2018
With the vast majority of his wins coming by way of submission, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki is one of the most feared grapplers in mixed martial arts history.
In July 2018, he combined his ground acumen with strikes to get a finish over Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai at ONE: REIGN OF KINGS in Manila.
Aoki tripped the Thai to the canvas and quickly passed to full mount. Then, he let rip with a torrent of punches and elbows, which overwhelmed Wiratchai. The referee waved off the bout at the 2:16 mark of the opening stanza, giving “Tobikan Judan” his first TKO victory in ONE.
For his next bout, he draws a former ONE World Champion.
“The Rock” Crumples Jartim
Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario claimed the most stunning KO finish of his career against Jaroslav Jartim at ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY in April 2017.
The Team Lakay veteran had to wait until the second round to find a finish, but when he did, it was spectacular.
Jartim aimed a body kick at “The Rock,” but let his hands slip as the kick connected to the body. Banario immediately countered with a straight right to the midsection, and then a jaw-shattering left hook that landed on the button and ended the bout in an instant.
Banario will look to unleash some more dynamite against an elite grappler like Aoki when the two meet at the Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Cerilli Tames “The Panther”
All signs pointed to an early finish in the battle of heavyweight behemoths between Italy’s Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli and Hong Kong’s Alain “The Panther” Ngalani at ONE: REIGN OF VALOR from this past March in Myanmar.
Cerilli knew his rival was at his most dangerous on the feet, so he quickly clinched up and took him to the mat.
As Ngalani worked to turtle to try and get up on a single-leg attack, the Italian dropped heavy knees from the top position, which left “The Panther” prone on the canvas. After a few knees, the Hong Kong hulk surrendered.
“The Hammer” returns to action in Japan, and he welcomes Indian wrestling sensation Arjan “Singh” Bhullar to the world’s largest martial arts organization.
Sato’s Explosive Debut
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Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, May 10, 2019
Shooto Bantamweight World Champion Shoko Sato has been a fixture in the Japanese martial arts scene for more than a decade, and when the veteran had the chance to display his world-class talent on the global stage, he made the most of his opportunity.
In May, he faced New Zealand’s Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo in his promotional debut at ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT and had to deal with his rival’s aggressive low kicks during the first round. However, the Japanese athlete was not deterred.
Sato hit a few takedowns later in the opening stanza, but he turned up the heat in the second frame. He dodged Abelardo’s wild hook and rocked him with a counter right elbow. Then he put the Kiwi on the canvas and finished him off with strikes.
At ONE: CENTURY PART II, Sato looks to replicate that magical performance against Pancrase Bantamweight World Champion Rafael “Morcego” Silva.
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.