ONE Century: ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong explains reasoning behind Century mega-event
Santino Honasan on Oct 11, 2019 10:17 AM
"When I named this event ONE: CENTURY, there’s a duality to it. I wanted to throw the martial arts event of the century, but I also wanted to signify to the world that ONE Championship is building the world’s greatest martial arts property for the next 100 years, and beyond." - Chatri Sityodtong (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
TOKYO, JAPAN - On October 13th, Singapore-baesed martial arts promotion ONE Championship will be holding their 100th event, ONE: Century, which is set to emanate from the historic Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall here.
To celebrate the milestone event, ONE decided to put on what will be their biggest show ever, holding two full-scale fight cards on the same day, featuring four world championship bouts and three world grand prix finals bouts.
"This is a historic moment, not only for Japan, but for the world of martial arts," said the man behind the promotion, ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said during the official pre-event press conference at the Park Hyatt Hotel, Thursday evening.
For Sityodtong, the name "Century" was about celebrating the present, and also building towards the future.
"When I named this event ONE: CENTURY, there’s a duality to it. I wanted to throw the martial arts event of the century, but I also wanted to signify to the world that ONE Championship is building the world’s greatest martial arts property for the next 100 years, and beyond."
"Genuinely, my team and I believe this with every fibre of our being, and so we said ‘How can we do something that has never been done in history before? Let’s bring 28 world champions across different martial arts disciplines. Let’s do two full-scale world championship events on the same day, never done before.’ Logistically, it’s very difficult. Broadcast it live to 145 countries, logistically, very, very. difficult," Sityodtong explained further.
Part I of the two-part event, which takes place on Sunday morning in Japan and will air live on primetime television in the United States, Saturday, will be headlined reigning ONE Women's Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee of Singapore defending her title against the reigning ONE Women's Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan of China in a rematch of their first encounter back in March. Also on the card will be former UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious Johnson facing Filipino rising star Danny Kingad of Team Lakay in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.
Part II, which happens Sunday evening in Japan, will feature ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion Aung La N Sang of Myanmar defending his title against reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera in a champion-versus-champion superfight. In the co-main event, Brazil's Bibiano Fernandes will be defending his ONE Bantamweight World Championship against the Philippines' Kevin Belingon.
With the amount of talent and starpower on the massive card, Sityodtong is confident that Century will do extremely well in terms of viewership.
"Our initial estimates, after talking to all of our broadcasters around the world, we estimate 70 Million viewers for this event, which would break all records."
Catch ONE: CENTURY in it’s entirety on LIVESTREAMING on Sunday, October 13 starting at 8:00 AM (Part 1) and 4:00 PM (Part 2) via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Page!
Catch ONE: CENTURY Part 2 LIVE at 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!
ONE: CENTURY Part 1 will air on Friday, October 18 at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23
For more ONE Championship coverage, check out https://sports.abs-cbn.com/onechampionship