Opinion

3 Bouts That Could Steal The Show At ONE: CENTURY PART II

Oct 9, 2019

Of the 11 match-ups on the bill at ONE: CENTURY PART II, four have World Titles on the line, but it would be a mistake to think you can afford to miss any of the rest of them.

Along with a quartet of match-ups that will feature Shooto World Champions against Pancrase World Champions, some of ONE Championship’s biggest and most exciting stars will enter the Circle in Tokyo, Japan.

These are just three undercard bouts selected by the onefc.com team that look likely to bring the most thrills and spills inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan this Sunday, 13 October.

#1 Mauro Cerilli Vs. Arjan Bhullar

Heavyweight mixed martial arts almost always equals excitement, and it is hard to imagine anything other than explosive action when these two giants meet in the Circle.

As India’s top heavyweight mixed martial artist, Arjan “Singh” Bhullar will want to make a big impression in his ONE debut and show the world how dangerous he is with his grappling.

The 33-year-old competed as a freestyle wrestler at the 2012 Olympics, and those skills give him the ability to put all but the most skilled opponents on the mat in the blink of an eye. If that happens, he has the thunderous striking power to end a contest in a hurry.

However, on his way in, he will have to be extremely careful about the knockout force his Italian rival possesses.

One false move on the feet could allow the Cage Warriors Heavyweight World Champion to land a finishing blow – and he only needs to land once.

Also, even if “Singh” recovers, he will have to get up or reverse his position, because “The Hammer” he can unleash stunning ground and pound – as Alain “The Panther” Ngalani found out earlier this year.

Read more: Arjan Bhullar Believes His Pressure Can Make Mauro Cerilli Quit

#2 Yosuke Saruta Vs. Daichi Kitakata

While all the bouts in the showcase of Pancrase and Shooto World Champions will present pairings of high-quality athletes, none is likely to match the pace of the strawweights’ battle.

In one corner, Shooto will be represented by Yosuke “The Ninja” Saruta who has already shown his quality in the Circle during three bouts against his division’s elite.

The 32-year-old from Saitama, Japan likes to burst forward with offense that is made more potent by his muscular frame. His hands pack a lot of power – and he can put them to work on his feet or on the mat with ground and pound.

Saruta is most dangerous when he can work his way to a dominant position, trap his rivals, and get to work. In contrast, Daichi Kitakata often has the edge when he gets into wild exchanges.

The man from Pancrase is happy to slip and rip strikes or scramble all over his rivals as he aggressively chases a finish. His approach can sometimes look wild, but he rarely compromises his position enough to get finished.

The 28-year-old from Osaka has a crafty submission game, and just like his compatriot, rare power for a man of his size, which means he is more likely than most in his division to end a battle inside the distance.

Read more: Yosuke Saruta Plans ‘Best Performance’ For Fans In Japan

#3 Shoko Sato Vs. Rafael Silva

Shoko Sato attacks Mark Fairtex Abelardo

Experienced veterans Shoko Sato and Rafael “Morcego” Silva have 90 professional mixed martial arts contests between them, so the biggest martial arts event in history is the perfect occasion to showcase their skills.

Shooto Bantamweight World Champion Sato’s darting and unorthodox karate stylings will keep Silva guessing in the standing exchanges, but the Brazilian’s capoeira spinning kicks will also give the man from Japan something to think about.

However, the Pancrase Bantamweight World Champion is more of a submission threat – especially from top position – because of his black-belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and luta livre skills.

With that said, he will probably want to stay off his back because of the Sakaguchi Dojo and Fight Base Toritsudai representative’s clinical ground and pound arsenal.

this has the potential to go all the way to the judges, as both men can are as durable as they are dangerous, but they each also have the potential to close the show in the blink of an eye, so make sure yours stay open.

Read more: 3 Bouts That Could Steal The Show At ONE: CENTURY PART I

Tokyo | CENTURY | ONE Championship’s 100th Live Event | Tickets: Purchase here

  • 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.