ONE Championship is where the world’s most eclectic martial artists come together – not only to display the intricacies of their disciplines, but also to showcase their quirky personalities.
From pet lovers and gamers to dancers and jokesters, The Home Of Martial Arts has them all. Here are just five of the many personality types you will find in the Circle.
The Movers And Shakers
When ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon steps into the Circle, the man only knows one direction: forward.
But before he enters the Circle for battle, the Thai icon displays a more diverse range of movement, using his footwork, body, and arms with the grace of a swan.
If Shakira could strike, she’d be reborn as Stamp Fairtex.
The ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion proceeds down the ramp more quickly than her beau and compatriot, Rodtang.
But Stamp ignites the hearts of fans just the same. The Fairtex representative even had her walkout waltz named after her: the “Stamp Dance.”
If these two ever get married, expect a first dance for the ages.
Scroll through Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy’s Instagram account, and it quickly becomes apparent just how much the 22-year-old striker loves to have fun.
With his bright smile and even brighter hair, the former ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion thrives off a good prank – especially one involving motorbikes.
In the video above, “The Baby Shark” one-ups his teammate – ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy – using nothing more than a stick and a can.
Former ONE Welterweight World Title challenger Agilan “Alligator” Thani loves to make his Instagram followers chuckle just the same.
In this post, “Alligator” feeds chicken to Loki, and it appears the Marvel villain is enjoying the drumstick way too much – maybe even more than Thani is enjoying the joke.
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You probably would not equate ONE Championship athletes with nerdy quirks, but Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki both have Clark Kent personas to go along with their inner Supermen.
Vera, for example, loves collecting toy figures. He owns over 400 Funko Pop! characters that he proudly displays at his home and gym.
Aoki has long been an avid reader and has even written a book. He also busies himself as a writer for various Japanese media outlets.
In fact, “Tobikan Judan” pens a column here on ONEFC.com titled “Shinya Aoki’s ONE 101.” It’s filled with insights that only a studious observer of the game like Aoki could offer.
The Animal Lover
These next two athletes love to compete, but they also love to take care of their furry friends.
Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan has six cats – go figure! – each with a name as unique as her own: Kaka, Olive, Garlic, Peanut, Snowflake, and Shadow Hunter.
ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee is on the other side of the spectrum. Instead of felines, she has a special fondness for canines.
The lady with the most World Title bouts inside the Circle takes care of two American Bulldogs named Rocky and Athena, who also act as her training partners.
ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson has to be the most dedicated gamer on the promotion’s roster.
In fact, the greatest martial artist of all time is so serious about gaming that he built a dedicated studio in his house, where he regularly streams his live plays on Twitch.
Not too far away from Johnson is ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio.
Pacio’s uncle – the same man who introduced him to martial arts – got the athlete started with gaming.
“The Passion” has a soft spot for first-person shooters, and Call Of Duty is one of his favorites.