The martial arts heroes of ONE: CENTURY faced off for the first time in front of the media on Thursday, 10 October, at the event’s official press conference.
Following questions from journalists from around the world at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, Japan, the athletes set to compete at ONE Championship’s historic show this Sunday, 13 October stared each other down.
Though the intensity was palpable, the atmosphere was far from hostile – particularly among the competitors who will take part in the main event match-up of ONE: CENTURY PART II.
Their mutual respect was clear when a young Japanese fan asked if they would be friends after their encounter in the Circle.
“I promise, I am Mr. Aung La N Sang’s friend now, after our match, and forevermore. Thank you Mr. Aung La,” said Vera.
His upcoming opponent’s response was similarly gracious, and even prompted the ONE Heavyweight World Champion to walk across the stage and give him a hug
“Same here. We are just doing our jobs so we can take care of our families and our loved ones,” Aung La N Sang added.
“Mr. Brandon Vera is not my enemy, he’s my friend, and we’re going to showcase our best martial arts… and happy birthday.”
- Watch PART I in USA on 12 October at 8pm EST and PART II on 13 October at 4am EST
- Watch PART I in India on 13 October at 5:30am IST and PART II at 1:30pm IST
- Watch PART I in Indonesia on 13 October at 7am WIB and PART II at 3pm WIB
- Watch PART I in Singapore on 13 October at 8am SGT and PART II at 4pm SGT
- Watch PART I in the Philippines on 13 October at 8am PHT and PART II at 4pm PHT
- Watch PART I in Japan on 13 October at 9am JST and PART II at 5pm JST
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.