Add ONE Championship to the list of MMA promotions taking note of the ever-growing popularity with kickboxing.
The promotion announced recently that they play to start ONE Championship Kickboxing this April at ONE: Heroes of Honor.
“Over the years, ONE Championship has earned its reputation as the Home of Martial Arts by showcasing the most exciting authentic martial arts action on the planet,” ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said. “Asia has been the home of martial arts for 5,000 years, and we will now showcase Asia’s striking arts to fans from around the world. Featuring the best martial arts talent across the globe, ONE Championship Kickboxing aims to showcase Asia’s striking arts front and center as part of our ONE Championship live events.
“As a fan, you will see an array of Asia’s martial arts in action such as Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kung Fu, Lethwei, and many others.”
The April 20 card takes place from the Mall of Asia Arena. Those who have already signed up to compete in kickboxing matches include multiple-time Muay Thai world champions Petchboonchu FA Group, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Yodsaenklai Fairtex, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Sagetdao Petpayathai, Kwankhao Mor. Rattanabandit, Yodcherry Sityodtong, and as well as international superstar world champions Giorgio Petrosyan, Fabio Pinca, Alain Ngalani, Regian Ersel and Sergej Maslobojev.
“ONE Championship is dedicated to giving fans an authentic martial arts experience. We are proud to announce that the absolute best strikers in the world have chosen to continue their professional careers under the ONE banner,” Sitodtong said. “Fans will be treated to the most exciting kickboxing matches where the best face the best inside of both our ring and our cage. Some matches will be under standard international kickboxing rules in our ring, and other matches will be under modified hybrid striking rules in our cage. This is a game changer in the world of martial arts, and I am excited to kick things off this April.”
Petrosyan, who is 85-2-2 with two no-contests in his kickboxing career, will meet Jo Nattawut in the first ONE kickboxing match. Nattawut is 60-11-2 in his career.