Not even ‘Typhoon of the Century’, earthquake could stop ONE: CENTURY
Santino Honasan on Oct 14, 2019 12:36 PM
“I think Typhoon Hagibis was called the strongest super typhoon in the last 100 years, so it’s kind of ironic that we’re called ONE Century, and that was the typhoon of the century,” - Chatri Sityodtong (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
TOKYO, JAPAN - In the days leading up to ONE: Century, ONE Championship’s 100th event which was held at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall here, there was a massive cloud of uncertainty surrounding the event and whether or not it would push through.
The fears of cancellation were brought about by the impending landfall of Typhoon Hagibis, which was expected to hit Tokyo during the weekend.
Friday evening, ONE Championship announced that ONE: Century would indeed be pushing through as scheduled, with weather forecasts saying that things the weather would be back to normal come Sunday.
Saturday night, Typhoon Hagibis made its presence felt, bringing very strong winds and continuous rainfall over Japan, leading to the suspension of train lines.
Accompanying the super typhoon was a massive 5.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Tokyo and nearby areas at around 6:30 PM local time, adding to the already-heightened feeling of alarm brought about by the weather.
The rains and the strong winds ceased by around midnight, Saturday.
Sunday morning, as if to say, “It’s showtime”, the sun was out and shining over Tokyo.
At around 9:00 AM Tokyo time, the first preliminary card of ONE: Century Part I was underway, kicking off ONE’s biggest show ever.
During the post-event presser after ONE: Century Part I, ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong spoke about what was going on behind the scenes the night before the biggest show of his company’s history.
“I will tell you that up until late [Saturday night], we had emergency after emergency because of the typhoon. We actually didn’t get the generators for the stadium until 4:00 AM this morning,” Sityodtong revealed. “Without the generators, the show would have been cancelled. So that’s how tight things were for us because of the typhoon, the earthquake, the flooding.”
Fortunately for him, the company, the athletes, and the fans, it would seem that fate was smiling upon this event, as everything appeared to fall into place.
Sityodtong gave the people behind the show credit and was even able to throw in anecdote about the event.
“The fact that our athletes, and my whole team, I don’t anyone can throw a full-scale double-header world championship event, two of them, in the middle of the typhoon of the century.”
“I think Typhoon Hagibis was called the strongest super typhoon in the last 100 years, so it’s kind of ironic that we’re called ONE Century, and that was the typhoon of the century,” he concluded.