In the lead-up to ONE Championship’s blockbuster, two-part 100th event, ONE: CENTURY, the world’s largest martial arts organization is counting down the best moments in its history.
Every event since the first in November 2011 has brought flashes of unforgettable martial arts action on the global stage from some of the planet’s most talented warriors, so paring the long list of highlights down was a great challenge.
However, after a lot of deliberation, a definitive list of the best bits from The Home Of Martial Arts’ first 99 events has been drawn up, and will be revealed between now and its return to Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, 13 October.
It all begins here with the first 20 standout moments picked from across Asia in the past eight years.
#100 Haida And Dawson Go To War
#99 Belingon & Nguyen’s Fast And Furious Main Event
Martin Nguyen was trying to make history as the first three-division World Champion in mixed martial arts history, but Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon had other ideas, and he was roared on by a passionate Manila crowd to a thrilling ONE Interim Bantamweight World Title victory. All the action is in the video above.
#98 Sana’s Semifinal Triumph
Samy “AK47” Sana was magnificent in the first round of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix quarterfinals, and he followed that performance by dominating fan-favorite, multiple-time World Champion Dzhabar “Genghis Khan” Askerov with another classy display of skill and power.
#97 Rodtang’s Dream Comes True
The first four bouts in ONE Super Series that featured Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon were all-action affairs, but nothing can top his ONE Flyweight World Title-winning contest against fellow entertainer Jonathan Haggerty.
#96 “Dagi” Unleashes His Power
When Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev is in this kind of form, he is unstoppable. Amir Khan had no answer for the Turkish freight train as he ran through him inside the first round of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.
#95 Fernandes Triumphs In Clash Of World Champions
Martin Nguyen’s first attempt at making history as a three-division champion came against Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, and he almost did it, but the Brazilian matched him until the final round, when he sealed the win in dramatic fashion.
#94 “OneShin’s” Over-The-Top Walkout
You know Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai is always going to bring an entertaining walkout, and this was his best – a tribute to the Monkey King, Sun Wukong, complete with signature staff, from Chinese novel Journey To The West.
#93 “Gravity’s” Finest Hour
Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio has been part of the ONE roster since the promotion’s second show in February 2012. Finally, after more than six years of trying, he won the ONE Flyweight World Title after an epic five-round battle with Adriano Moraes.
#92 Aoki Grabs The Gold
It did not take long for mixed martial arts legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki to make his mark on the global stage. The ONE Lightweight World Title was his after his second ONE bout thanks to a trademark submission of Kotetsu Boku.
#91 Xiong’s Powerful First Impression
Big things were expected from “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan when she first stepped into the Circle, and she lived up to the hype with this stunning finish of April Osenio.
#90 Nguyen Proves His Dominance
Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen became the most dominant ONE Featherweight World Champion in history – a commanding performance against his toughest challenger that ended in an overwhelming finish.
#89 Another “Dagi” Destruction
Arslanaliev began his ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix campaign even more impressively than the semifinal performance above – with a KO of Ev Ting that took all of 25 seconds.
#88 Boku Finally Wins Gold
Japanese veteran Kotetsu “No Face” Boku was 28 bouts into his mixed martial arts career when he finally won a World Title, and he did it with a fantastic comeback KO against Zorobabel Moreira.
#87 ONE Debuts In Manila With A “Flash”
The Philippines has embraced ONE like perhaps no other nation in Asia, and a long and happy relationship began in August 2012 in Quezon City, with ONE: PRIDE OF A NATION, which featured Bibiano Fernandes’ promotional debut, as well as wins for Team Lakay heroes Eduard “Landslide Folayang and Honorio “The Rock” Banario.
#86 The First Flyweight World Champion
Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes did what he does best to win the inaugural ONE Flyweight World Title as he kicked off a long rivalry with Geje Eustaquio by snatching an opportunistic guillotine choke submission.
#85 Kingad And Wakamatsu Bring The House Down
Danny “The King” Kingad and Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu engaged in a modern classic full of twists, turns, and shifts in momentum when they met last October. Watch every thrilling second in the above video.
#84 Abbasov Fells A Legend
Yushin “Thunder” Okami hoped to mark his ONE debut with a win, but Kiamrian Abbasov had other ideas. The Kyrgyz warrior’s stunning second-round KO established him as a top contender at welterweight.
#83 Rodtang Runs Through Sok Thy
In front of his home fans in Bangkok, Thailand, “The Iron Man” needed a win against Cambodia’s Sok Thy, and he sent the fans wild with his most aggressive ONE Super Series performance to date.
#82 Yangon Welcomes ONE
The Home Of Martial Arts visited the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium for the first time for ONE: KINGDOM OF WARRIORS in July 2015, and started as it meant to go on with a night of non-stop thrills and spills – including two dramatic, one-night tournaments
#81 Nong-O Takes The Crown
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao is one of the greatest Muay Thai practitioners in history, and he established the latest chapter of his legacy by winning the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title in front of his countrymen in Bangkok.
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.