Singapore: ONE Championship™ (ONE) recently held the ONE: HEART OF THE LION Official Kick-Off Press Conference at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center in Singapore. Reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil went face-to-face with the challenger, ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines for the first time ahead of their highly-anticipated showdown at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Friday, 9 November.
Also in attendance were co-main event participants, Christian “The Warrior” Lee of Singapore and Kazuki Tokudome of Japan, as well as newly-signed ONE Championship athletes Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez. In addition, ONE Championship also announced a World Grand Prix for the flyweight and lightweight divisions.
Photos of the ONE: HEART OF THE LION Official Kick-Off Press Conference can be found at this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/UFoBTx2JQnkuqxeZ6
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated:
“ONE Championship is a different organization. ONE Championship is for martial artists, by martial artists. Every fight promotion in the world wants to put on a fight. In ONE Championship, we want to build and unleash real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams, inspiration, and courage. We want real martial artists to stand up. Martial arts is not about fighting and violence. It is about unleashing your greatness in life. This is the real beauty of martial arts. I want the entire world to look at our heroes and be inspired through their lives because they bare their souls to the world with every triumph and every failure.”
Bibiano Fernandes, ONE Bantamweight World Champion, stated:
“It has always been a pleasure to be here in Singapore. This is where I unified the titles in 2013. I will get a chance to do it again in a rematch with a tough opponent in Kevin Belingon. I fought him in the past. I finished him before, and I will finish him again. I am ready for the war on Friday, and I am prepared to do my best.”
Kevin Belingon, ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion, stated:
“I trained very hard for the match this coming Friday. I’ve waited for a long time to face Bibiano Fernandes again. I am 100 percent ready and confident. I will do my best to win this time. Be there to support us on November 9.”
Christian Lee, ONE Athlete, stated:
“Even though this is a short notice bout, I am extremely prepared. We train year round, and I’m prepared to face anyone, anytime. I’m ready for anything. I am thankful for the opportunity to showcase my talents once again.”
Kazuki Tokudome, ONE Athlete, stated:
“It’s an honor to be part of this organization. It’s a new chapter in my professional career. ONE Championship is the perfect stage for me to face top-level competition. I look forward to my match against a talented athlete like Christian Lee.”
Demetrious Johnson, ONE Athlete, stated:
“I spent seven years in North America fighting the best in the world. I’ve never travelled to Asia to fight the best. I think now is the perfect time to do it. Now that they just announced a World Grand Prix for the flyweight division, it’s has always been a dream of mine to actually compete in Asia in a World Grand Prix. The biggest thing that you can expect from me for coming over here to compete in Asia is that I’ll do my best. I am taking no shortcuts.”
Eddie Alvarez, ONE Athlete, stated:
“It was in Asia where I made a name for myself and started my career. Everything has come full circle for me. I can’t say how excited and grateful I am to be part of the ONE Championship family. This is where true martial arts lives. I’ve been away from Asia so long. It’s good to be back. I feel like I found my way again with ONE Championship. I can respect my opponents, and I can go in and fight like a man. I know my lifelong martial arts journey will be truly appreciated here.”
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