The undefeated Filipino will square off against Japanese sensation Ryoji Kudo in the co-main event of ONE Warrior Series 8: Japan Vs. The World, which emanates from the Bellesalle Shibuya Garden in Tokyo on Saturday, 5 October.
If Olsim defeats the Shooto veteran in their featherweight mixed martial arts contest, he could earn a six-figure contract and a spot on ONE Championship’s main roster.
Also, he would boost the morale for Team Lakay as they head into battle one week later at ONE: CENTURY.
“This is such a huge match for me because a lot is at stake,” the 24-year-old Baguio City native explains.
“I know that an impressive performance here would get me on the main roster, and at the same time, I want to give the team a win before their big matches.
“To be honest, there is pressure, but my eagerness to win mitigates that. This is the reason why I’m working really hard for this. I know a lot of people are counting on me, and I am up to the challenge.”
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Olsim’s first teammate to compete at the promotion’s historic 100th event will be Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang, who is a familiar face to OWS fans.
Adiwang, who owns a 9-2 professional record, earned a six-figure contract following his unanimous decision victory over Anthony Do in the main event of OWS 7 in August. The rising star is scheduled to face Pancrase Flyweight World Champion Senzo Ikeda in a strawweight encounter on PART I of the double-header.
Later that evening, Danny “The King” Kingad goes toe-to-toe with Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final. If Kingad can pull off the upset, he will claim the tournament belt and get a rematch with ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes.
At ONE: CENTURY PART II, Olsim’s Team Lakay stablemate, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, meets ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes for the fourth time. Belingon is eager to finish this rivalry with the Brazilian and reclaim the division’s richest prize.
Lastly, the Filipino’s teammate Honorio “The Rock” Banario takes on former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki in a lightweight affair right before the main event. Banario, the inaugural ONE Featherweight World Champion, will look to defeat the Japanese martial arts icon in his hometown.
With four of his teammates competing in the biggest martial arts event in the history of combat sports, the “Bokodian Warrior” knows his clash with Kudo at OWS 8 is bigger than all of his previous conquests.
“I’m more motivated now. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Olsim says.
“I want to win — not just for me and my dreams, but for my family and my team who have always supported me in everything.”
- 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.