There are world-class martial artists from every style on the bill for ONE Championship’s return to Tokyo, Japan.
At ONE: CENTURY PART II, some of the athletes that are bound to catch the eye include those mixed martial artists that can end an encounter with their world-class grappling skills.
The second bout card at the Ryogoku Kokugikan on Sunday, 13 October, will feature more ground-game specialists who will join their peers from ONE: CENTURY PART I to showcase elite skills from the arts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, judo, wrestling, and more as they attempt to get their hands raised on the global stage.
Before these heroes enter the Circle, find out what they are capable of under the lights with a look back at their best submissions.
#1 Ngalani Feels “The Burmese Python’s” Squeeze
Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang showed his ability to soak up the pressure and defeat a heavyweight when he took on Alain “The Panther” Ngalani at ONE: HERO’S DREAM in the promotion’s first-ever open weight super-bout.
This bout came before the two-division ONE World Champion had even tested the waters at light heavyweight, and he felt the strength of the man from Impakt Gym early, as Ngalani shrugged off a takedown attempt and turned into top position. He landed hard ground and pound, but “The Burmese Python” never stopped attacking.
His first submission attempts were unsuccessful, but he managed to work his way back to his feet, where he found enough room to sink in his famous guillotine choke to subdue his colossal rival.
This experience will be vital for Aung La N Sang as he is set to defend his light heavyweight crown against ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera in Tokyo.
#2 Fernandes Climbs All Over “Ottogi”
The South Korean challenger was a worthy adversary, but “The Flash’s” lightning-fast transition from double-leg takedown attempt to back-take showed the difference in grappling skill between the two competitors.
Once he took a dominant position, Fernandes maintained control as his rival tried to shake him off before he sank in a tight rear-naked choke for a second-round finish.
The reigning World Champion will meet his old rival Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon for an unprecedented fourth World Title clash between the pair on 13 October.
#3 Aoki Makes It Look Easy
The last time Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki competed in front of his countrymen, he regained the ONE Lightweight World Title with a dominant performance.
The victory in March at ONE: A NEW ERA was made even sweeter because it came against the man who stripped him of his belt back in 2016 – Eduard “Landslide” Folayang.
After testing the waters on his feet, the Japanese icon pushed his Filipino rival to the fence and used his strong clinch game to drag his opponent to the mat. From there, “Tobikan Judan” used Folayang’s attempts to frame away to grab up an arm-triangle choke.
He finished the technique by making the space to slide his body across so he could put on a squeeze and put “Landslide” to sleep after just 154 seconds.
#4 Banario Takes An Arm
Although he is known for his wushu-based striking skills, Honorio “The Rock” Banario revealed he has much more in his locker when he submitted Rajinder “Knockout” Singh Meena at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION.
The Team Lakay representative looked like he was at home on the ground, where he punished his rival with punches before he attacked for a kimura on Meena’s left arm. When the Indian defended, “The Rock” spun around and moved straight into an armbar to force a hurried tap.
Banario will need his grappling wits about him when he squares off against Aoki in Tokyo.
#5 Yamaguchi Puts A Bow On Her Homecoming
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Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi is another Japanese athlete that delivered the goods in front of a partisan crowd at ONE: A NEW ERA, as she defeated Kseniya “The Tigress” Lachkova in her first bout back home in almost four years.
The pace was relentless in their atomweight match-up, but Yamaguchi drew strength from her compatriots, and grew more and more dominant as the contest continued.
There was no letup from the Deep Jewels Featherweight World Champion late in the final frame as she mounted the Russian and swiftly took advantage of her opponent’s defensive lapse to grab a limb and swing around for an armbar.
#6 Huang Earns Her “Lady GoGo” Moniker
Some athletes earn their nicknames in the gym, but Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang earned hers on the global stage for martial arts when she submitted April Osenio with a rare gogoplata at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION.
Huang’s ground game was levels above her Filipina rival, but Osenio hung in through some tight spots, and even bridged to take top position in the second stanza. However, there was no respite for her there, as the Chinese athlete quickly climbed her legs up her opponent’s back and threaded her right foot under her chin to lock up the tricky technique.
Huang will face Yamaguchi in a women’s atomweight rematch at the Ryogoku Kokugikan.
ONE: CENTURY is the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history with 28 World Champions featured across various martial arts. No organization 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.