Singapore-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion ONE Championship has announced the launch of its own kickboxing league.
The new competition will be official unveiled in Manila at ONE: Heroes of Honor on 20th April at the Mall of Asia Arena and kicks off with a showdown between two stars of MMA, Girogio Petrosyan of Italy and Jo Nattawut of Thailand.
Some of the talents who have signed on for the new league include multiple-time world champions Petchboonchu FA Group, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Yodsaenklai Fairtex, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Sagetdao Petpayathai, Kwankhao Mor. Rattanabandit, and Yodcherry Sityodtong,
As well as Petrosyan, international world champions such as Fabio Pinca, Alain Ngalani, Regian Ersel, Sergej Maslobojev have also signed up to take part.
"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," said Chatri Sityodtong, the chairman and chief executive of ONE Championship.
"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 centre 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.
He added: "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.”