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The Heroes Of ONE: A NEW ERA Show Their Respect On Social Media

In victory or defeat, the heroes of ONE Championship always display humility and respect, and they showed their class after ONE: A NEW ERA.

The martial arts world stopped as one on Sunday, 31 March to watch the greatest spectacle in ONE Championship history in Tokyo, Japan, when 30 world-class athletes competed in high-stakes contests inside the cage.

When the bouts were over at the Ryugoku Kokugikan, the victors were elated, and the defeated warriors were crestfallen, but every one of them showed the spirit of true martial artists when they addressed their fans via social media afterward.

Xiong Jing Nan & Angela Lee

Unsurprisingly, “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan was ecstatic after her incredible comeback victory, which saw her defend the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title against “Unstoppable” Angela Lee.

That was reflected in her celebrations and post-event interview, but her Instagram post was dedicated to others, as she paid respect to her opponent and thanked her team.

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"Sometimes we don't get what we want. Even on our best days we can face defeat. But there's always tomorrow after we have done our best today." This is just one of the many messages that I woke up to today and I want to thank you all so much, for your love & support. This message was sent to me from my Grandma and it really touched me. If life is a series of challenges and lessons, then this is definitely one of them. ・・・ I'm sorry I couldn't accomplish my goal last night. I put it all on the line and gave it all I had in that 4th round, trying to finish her with the triangle/armbar. When it came to the 5th round, I just didn't have anything left in the tank. No excuses. ・・・ Even though things didn't go as planned, I would like to thank Chatri Sityodtong @yodchatri for giving me this opportunity to fight for a second division world title. It was also an honour to fight on a massive event like #ANEWERA. Thank you to all the people I work with in @onechampionship who are there with a handshake or a hug regardless of the outcome. Thank you to everyone who was supporting me, I love you all. Japan, you are amazing and I hope to come back to this beautiful country and fight again. I hope everyone was entertained by this fight. I promise to learn from this and come back stronger. Defeat is a mindset and I choose to remain strong. Photo Credit: @wmma.news

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In the other corner, Lee did not hide her disappointment and made no excuses for her defeat, but she vowed to come back stronger.

Aung La N Sang & Ken Hasegawa

After another successful defense of his ONE Middleweight World Title, two-division ONE World Champion Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang is already looking ahead to his next challenge.

Though he reflected on his success and the support he received, he quickly turned his focus to ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera. These knockout artists are set to meet in a ONE Light Heavyweight World Title match the next time The Home Of Martial Arts visits Tokyo – at ONE: GREATNESS UNLEASHED in October.

Aung La N Sang also sent his best wishes to his opponent, Ken Hasegawa, who was knocked out for the second time by “The Burmese Python.”

Demetrious Johnson & Yuya Wakamatsu

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson was thrilled after his second-round submission of Yuya “Little Piraha” Wakamatsu in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, and filled with gratitude because of the people who helped him make a successful ONE debut.

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昨日の日本大会結果は2ラウンドギロチンで負けました。 みんなの力で沢山の方々にサポート頂き、長南さん、堀江さん、各トレーナー様方、チーム、練習仲間の皆さんとあの舞台で戦えたことに感謝します。 新時代と言う題名の通り、僕がレジェンドを倒してヒーローになりたいと強く願うましたが当たり前の様に散りました。凄く悔しかった。 けれど、世界最強と触れ合えて、負けて言うのもなんですが、凄く良い経験になったと思います。 DJにもチャンピオンでもない僕に全力で闘ってもらえて感謝です。 やはり強かったです。 まだまだ強くなれると確信しました。 あと一つ。僕はこの道が1番輝ける、そして楽しいと本当に思いました。 なのでまた立ち上がって強くなって必ずチャンピオンベルトを巻いて世界一になります!!! 皆さんこんな僕ですが今後とも応援宜しくお願い致します。 ありがとうございました!!

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His opponent may not have had his hand raised, but he held his head high after a fantastic performance that pushed the American harder than most competitors have managed in recent memory.

Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex & Andy Souwer

Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex had only just finished avenging a defeat with a knockout of a fellow martial arts legend in Andy “Souwer Power” Souwer, but he was quickly looking to the future.

The ONE Super Series Featherweight World Grand Prix is on the horizon, and “The Hero” is eager to test himself in a tournament bracket with seven more of the best strikers on the planet.

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Many times I've faced opponents in many ways. Have been in the ring, octagon or matte more than enough times. Bin there done that. As a martial artist I can say that sometimes I am or have been lost. Enough seen, been and won. The last period is not going well, but a true warrior will continue until his need is met. Soon I will be in a different way to share my experiences, passion and my life with others. Until then I try to fill deception and emptiness with reflection, happiness and zest for work. So that I can shine once again in the most beautiful organization of the world, where athletes can proclaim their passion to the world! Osu @onechampionship @yodchatri @paullamoth @submitterwear @ablifestyle.official

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In defeat, Souwer did not hide his disappointment, but emphasized his passion for competition has been renewed in ONE. Expect to see him take on another challenge later this year.

Danny Kingad & Senzo Ikeda

Danny “The King” Kingad earned a unanimous decision to progress in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix thanks to another all-action, 15-minute battle in the cage with Senzo Ikeda.

Like all his Team Lakay training partners, the 23-year-old did not dwell on personal glory – instead, giving all the credit to the people who gave him the strength to battle through the toughest moments under the lights.

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DJがサムライスピリットと言ってくれた。 DJと真っ向からやりあった祐弥君も仙三さんの気持ちは凄いと言ってくれた。 尊敬するファイターにそう言ってもらえて素直に凄い嬉しいしやって良かったなと思ってる。 パンクラスでチャンピオンになってからこれから先は負けたら終わりだとずっと思ってきた。 onechampionshipが決まってからも自分は戦えるのかと何度も自分を疑った。 試合ギリギリまで「お前は本当に戦えるのか情けない負け方をするんじゃないかと」弱い自分が何度も出てきた。 相手云々じゃなく試合が決まってずっと弱い自分との勝負をしていた。 最後は力を分けてくれてる人達を思い出してパワーをもらって戦いに挑んだ。 結果負けてしまったけど挑戦して良かったそう思います。 今回の結果は申し訳ないし凄い悔しい。だからまた挑戦したい。 まだ自分の求めてる動きは出来てないし気持ちも完全燃焼じゃない。 応援してくれる人達に絶対に勝ちを見せたい。 一度気持ちも体もゼロにしてゆっくり休んでまた頑張るんだ!!!!! #onechampionship #PANCRASE #パラエストラ松戸

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His opponent from Japan took this challenge on just two weeks’ notice, but still held himself to the highest standard and admitted that he was frustrated with the result. However, he vowed to be back in the cage soon to take on another challenge.

The Pancrase Flyweight World Champion is also famous for his beaming smile, so despite his disappointment, he was still grinning the following day when he met a man he admired – his weight class’ greatest ever competitor – Demetrious Johnson.