ONE Championship

It did not take long for China’s own “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan to reach the top of her division in ONE Championship.

In just her second fight with in the promotion back in January, Xiong captured the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship, dismantling erstwhile-unbeaten Tiffany Teo to become the first Chinese athlete to hold a world championship in mixed martial arts.

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Getting to this point in his career was certainly no easy task for Team Lakay veteran Honorio “The Rock” Banario. Now that he finds himself resurgent in ONE Championship’s stacked lightweight division, the 28-year-old former ONE Featherweight World Champion wants to give credit where credit is due.

A huge factor in Banario’s re-emergence as an elite competitor is his time spent with his Team Lakay mentor, a man whom he considers as close as it gets to family.

Banario and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang have been each other’s main sparring partner for the greater part of their careers, and together, they have been able to help each other become among the promotion’s top talents.

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28 August 2018 – Bangkok, Thailand: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held the official ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES Open Workout at Nakornloung Promotion Gym in Bangkok, Thailand. Set for the Impact Arena on 6 October, ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES will feature The Ring and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand, as he defends his title against challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz of Mexico.

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Brazilian women’s strawweight contender Samara “Marituba” Santos will have the opportunity of a lifetime in her ONE Championship debut.

At ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON on Saturday, 8 September at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China, Santos will be challenging reigning titleholder and hometown favorite “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan for the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship.

After mainly competing in her home country of Brazil, Santos is on the brink of making a name for herself on the international stage as capturing a world title will definitely be the highlight of her young career.

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Danny “The King” Kingad is focused on becoming an elite mixed martial artist in ONE Championship as he has made enormous strides towards achieving his goal to be one of the top flyweights in the world today.

Following his heartbreaking defeat at the hands of then-ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes in November of last year, Kingad was determined to rebuild his self-confidence and further develop his grappling skills.

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Had Serbian-American kickboxer Ognjen Topic followed his parents’ wishes, it is more than likely that he would not be where he is today.

Regarded as one of the best Muay Thai competitors to come out of the United States, he began as an avid follower of combat sports early in life, but it came with much hesitation from his mother and father.

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Football is widely regarded as the most popular sport in the world, but in the Philippines, basketball has become woven into the cultural fabric of the country where the overall lack of height does not interfere with the love of the game.

Filipinos have perennially been hooked on basketball as a love affair has bloomed between its people and the orange bouncing ball since it was first introduced by the Americans in the early 1900s.

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Mexican contender Iran Diaz’s training camp for the first world title bout of his professional boxing career is already in high gear.

The 28-year-old native of Sonora, Mexico made no secret of needing all the help that he can get in order to be victorious and overthrow Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for the WBC Super Flyweight World Championship in the main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, which emanates from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on 6 October.

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ONE Championship shifts focus immediately to its next blockbuster cards in Shanghai and Jakarta for September, ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES on 22 September features a highly-anticipated strawweight championship rematch between two-time division kingpin Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito and Joshua “The Passion” Pacio as its headliner.

Both men initially crossed paths in October 2016 when Pacio challenged Naito for the ONE Strawweight World Championship in the main event of ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS.

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