ONE Championship returns home to Singapore this Friday, 22 February for ONE: CALL TO GREATNESS, where a host of world-class martial arts superstars will compete as part of spectacular bout card inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The stars at the top of the bill were in attendance at Evolve Far East Square in the Lion City for the pre-event open workouts, as they showcased their skills before they broke down their match-ups to the world’s media.
The main event this weekend sees a historic battle for the inaugural ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship as reigning ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion Stamp Fairtex bids to become the first two-sport World Champion in ONE Championship history.
The Thai hero will take on American sensation Janet “JT” Todd in a hotly-anticipated clash, and says she will represent her country with pride as she looks to capture the World Title in the discipline her nation gave to the world.
“This is the most important fight for me right now,” she explained.
“I represent Thailand, where Muay Thai originated. I don’t plan on disappointing my fans back home.
“My opponent is strong and has a lot of power, but I have the warrior heart of Thailand inside of me. I will represent my culture, and I vow to win the fight this Friday night.”
Todd, meanwhile, who will make her debut in the world’s largest martial arts organization, says she will not be overawed by the task ahead of her.
“I always want to challenge myself every time I go into a fight,” she explained.
“The World Title is so important to me. This is my chance to become a World Champion.
“Fans can expect to see my hands, knees, elbows, and everything good that comes with a Muay Thai fight. I’m going to bring my best this Friday night, and I can’t wait to put on a show for everybody.”
Ariel “ Tarzan” Sexton FLEXED on knockout king Amir Khan Ansari at the official face-offs for ONE: CALL TO GREATNESS ????Singapore | 22 February | 6:00PM | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | Facebook: Prelims LIVE | Twitter: Prelims + 2 Main-Card bouts LIVE | Tickets: http://bit.ly/onegreatness19
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Supporting the headline attraction is a pair of quarter-final match-ups in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix, as four of the best athletes from arguably ONE’s most stacked division battle to earn a place opposite each other in one of the prestigious tournament’s semi-finals.
As the rivals faced off, the Costa Rican grappling ace seemed particularly pumped up.
“Being a part of this ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix is an honor, especially competing amongst the world’s best,” he said.
“I vow to give the best performance of my career and do my best to win the tournament.”
Singapore’s Khan will be in familiar territory at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, and says he is focused on putting on the kind of performance he is known for in his quarter-final clash.
“I am going to focus on what I do best, which is to finish people. I am young and aggressive, and I always go for the finish,” said Khan.
“It is an honor to be part of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix. Ariel Sexton is a worthy opponent, and I am not taking him lightly.
“Fans should stay glued to the screen when we climb up the ring because I’m sure this bout is not going the distance.”
The card also features an eagerly-anticipated rematch, as former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke looks to avenge his stunning knockout loss to Filipino star Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado.
“Kru Rong,” who trains at Evolve, explained he has worked tirelessly in the gym to ensure he is in peak condition ahead of Friday night’s crucial rematch.
“Competing in Singapore again, I am looking forward to getting the victory. I have trained very hard for this match, and I’m prepared to put on a show,” he said.
“Jeremy Miado is a tough warrior, and I can’t underestimate him. I will give a better performance in this rematch and make my fans in Singapore and Thailand proud.”
Miado, meanwhile, scored the biggest win of his mixed martial arts career when he stunned Dejdamrong by KO in their first meeting at ONE: IRON WILL in March last year.
The Manila native says he is ready to repeat the feat in Singapore this weekend.
“I know we are both very well-prepared for this fight. So I invite everyone to come and watch us perform. We’ll do our very best,” he said.
“It’s going to be an explosive contest, and I expect to emerge the victor once again.
“I have the greatest respect for Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, but I am coming for the win, and I am confident I can do it again in this rematch.”