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Thursday, May 25, 2017

ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES

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25 May 2017 The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held the official Public Face-Off for ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES, Thursday, 25 May at Singapore’s premiere party spot, Clarke Quay. Facing each other for the last time before they step inside the ONE Championship cage on Friday night were main event combatants ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee and challenger Istela Nunes. Also in attendance were ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren and co-main event challenger Agilan Thani.

 Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “Our amazing ONE Championship athletes are ready to take the global stage this Friday night. It’s going to be another awesome showcase of authentic martial arts action as ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee returns home to Singapore to defend her title against a young, hungry warrior in Istela Nunes. In addition, one of the best fighters in the world bar none, Ben Askren, is ready to accept the challenge from the pride of Malaysia -- the talented Agilan Thani.”










“Ben Askren is a legend in mixed martial arts, and beating him will also make me a legend. That will be a great motivation for me. I want to get that belt. I believe this is my time. When that time comes, I will be the next legend,” he asserted.



Istela Nunes, ONE world title challenger, stated: “I have been preparing for this moment all my life. This is my opportunity to realize a dream I have had since I started in this sport. It’s going to be a tough fight and I am ready for the best Angela Lee ever. I will do my best to claim victory and bring the title back home to Brazil.”


Angela Lee, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion, stated: “It is always such an amazing feeling to be able to perform in front of my fans in Singapore. It is an honor. I promised that I would stay as active as I can this year, and this is my second fight already in just a few months. I live for challenges like these and I cannot wait to step inside the cage and to do what I love to do. I’m more than confident going into this fight like I am with each of my fights. I’m ready for Istela, she’s not welcome here. I’m going to defend my turf, my home.”

Istela Nunes and Agilan “The Alligator Thani are considered promising prospects in the sport of mixed martial arts due to their talent and dedication to their craft.

Both fighters are reaping the fruits of their labor as they slated to compete in separate world title contests on Friday, 26 May in Singapore.

Nunes challenges Asian MMA sensation Angela “Unstoppable” Lee for the ONE Women’s Atomweight Championship in the main event of ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES, while Thani vies for the ONE Welterweight World Championship against the division’s best in Ben Askren on the same card.

Aside from the chance to lodge themselves as MMA world champions, Nunes and Thani will have the opportunity to have their waists girded with prestigious belts.

Beyond the prestige that marks the bearer as the best fighter in his weight class across the globe, the belt is designed as a symbolic ornament of honor and glory.

Weighing more than seven kilograms, the jewel-encrusted silver and gold-plated belt is mounted by hand on a thick natural leather strap that is locked together securely with ten steel studs.

The pair of warring lions that frame the centerpiece ONE Championship logo represents royalty and prestige, and it is complimented by a crown motif at the belt’s apex.

Two blood-red rubies are placed in the eyes of the lions, while two secondary plates added eminent value to the handmade masterpiece as it is studded with 52 crystals on each side.

“Our belt is definitely one of the richest prizes in the world of martial arts today. We make sure that the bearer of our championship title represents a prestigious piece that reflects the true value of martial arts,” ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated.

Capturing the ONE Welterweight World Championship belt will not only put Thani in history books as the first Malaysian mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor to claim a world title, but he will also have an intricately-crafted hardware in his possession.

“The ONE Championship belt is one of the most prestigious MMA titles in the sport today. Having that makes you the best in the game. That’s why I want to win it so bad,” Thani said.

Meanwhile, Thani stressed that bringing home the ONE Welterweight World Championship title to Malaysia by defeating a high-profile opponent like Askren will seal his legacy as a world-class MMA athlete.

Meanwhile, Nunes is confident that she has what it takes to shock the world by defeating Lee for the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship.

“I have worked very hard to earn this opportunity. Angela Lee is a great, young champion, but I’m coming for the belt. I know chances like this are very rare and I will do my best to take the title home for all my fans,” she said.

Nunes is relishing not just her underdog status when she takes on the highly-popular Lee but also the pressure of the scheduled five-round championship clash.

“I feel strong and ready. I was built for this moment. I have nothing but good words to say about Angela, she is a tremendous champion. I admire what she has done to inspire young women in Asia to take up MMA, but I vow to win this fight at any cost. I have one goal and that’s to become champion. Angela better be prepared to go to battle because I’m coming to the fight with my full arsenal,” she ended.

The Singapore Indoor Stadium will roar with excitement once again on 26 May, as ONE Championship puts on another night of world-class mixed martial arts action! 

Headlining the star-studded fight card is ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, who is making a quick turnaround following her first title defense. She takes on the challenger Istela Nunes, a two-time Muay Thai world champion. In the co-main event, one of MMA’s all-time greats defends his belt, with ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren facing undefeated Malaysian star Agilan “Alligator” Thani. 

What’s more, Singapore will be in for a special treat, as former ONE Lightweight World Champion and multiple-time grappling champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki goes up against famed BJJ champion Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon in a Grappling Super-Match. 

Don’t miss this chance to experience the heart-pounding adrenaline of ONE Fight Night for yourselves, and cheer for your local heroes such as Amir Khan and Tiffany Teo as they fight for glory alongside the biggest superstars in Asian MMA today. 




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