Five reasons to watch ONE Championship: X
ONE Championship pushed all of its chips into the center of the table for its epic 10th anniversary event, A XSaturday March 26.
Twenty matches line up on the card for fans to enjoy, encompassing Muay Thai, kickboxing, mixed martial arts and submission grappling. It’s arguably the best card the combat sports world will see in 2022, and if you’re still on the fence, it’s time to get down and get ready for this scintillating showcase.
Let’s dive straight into this extraordinary event coming from the indoor stadium in Singapore this weekend with the top five reasons to tune in to A X this Saturday.
Introduce each martial art
Unlike other organizations, ONE embraces all martial arts disciplines, and A Xfans will be able to see four different types of sports on the big stage.
There will be two grappling matches, one of which will feature the debut of American BJJ star Danielle Kelly. Match two features two-division ONE MMA champion Reinier de Ridder against ADCC Hall of Famer Andre Galvao.
Kickboxing and Muay Thai will also take center stage with six ONE Super Series fights. Half of the fights on the card will be for championships, with the title tilt topping the ONE Super Series seeing the return of Superbon as he defends his gold against Marat Grigorian.
Most of the show will feature mixed martial arts. Eleven of the 20 fights, and two titles, will feature the best of the best in MMA. While the emphasis is on the ONE X: Grand Finale matches, there are hidden gems up and down the map, such as Stephen Loman vs. Shoko Sato and Kim Jae Woong vs. Tang Kai.
Martial arts, in all their forms, will be in the spotlight on this special night, which guarantees action from start to finish on March 26th.
Among those who contribute to A X is a long list of well-known veterans.
On the first part of the card, fans can see Nieky Holzken and Andre Galvao compete in their respective specialties. AT ONE X: Part IINong-O Gaiyanghadao defends his ONE Muay Thai Bantamweight Championship.
And ONE: Grand Final will feature John Wayne Parr for his 100th Muay Thai victory in his retirement fight against Eduard Folayang. And that’s not even mentioning the Japanese legend’s super fight between Shinya Aoki and Yoshihiro Akiyama.
It’s a great opportunity to see some of the luminaries of the game once again on the grandest of all stages.
“Mighty Mouse” vs. Rodtang Jitmuangnon
This fight could have been included before, but it definitely deserves its place. The mixed rules super fight between Rodtang Jitmuangnon and Demetrious Johnson is a must see match for any combat sports fan. It’s not just the unique stipulation of the alternate ruleset that makes this fun; both of these athletes are all-time greats who challenge themselves to step out of their comfort zone.
“Mighty Mouse” is considered one of the greatest to ever don the four-ounce mixed martial arts gloves, and Rodtang currently sits atop the ONE flyweight Muay Thai division. With alternating rule sets in a four-round fight, anything can happen.
That’s why it’s an electric match. Neither man knows how to back down, and neither put on a boring show. AT A Xthey will have four three-minute rounds to try to clinch a career-defining victory.
It’s a game worthy of the typical clichés of pre-game hype.
With all the veterans and stars capturing attention on the card, A X will also be a great chance for many young wolves to make their presence known.
The battle of featherweight contenders between Kim Jae Woong and Tang Kai will give both men a platform to show what they have – and put Thanh Le on notice. Danielle Kelly’s ONE debut will also be a much-discussed match.
And who could forget Itsuki Hirata? The Japanese dynamo was kicked out of the ONE women’s atomweight grand prix, but she’s coming back to regain some of her momentum against Jihin Radzuan.
There are plenty of young talents competing on this card that will blow fans away. Get a great taste of the future as you watch them battle it out in front of a cheering crowd.
A real show
WrestleMania is presented as prodigious, but this term should be reserved exclusively for A X. Combat sports fans have long wanted the big show back. A great show with flash, glitz, glamor and huge matches. A X It’s exactly that. It is the fulfillment of all the wishes requested by the fans.
Five title tilts, legendary stars in every sport, new faces, pure finishers and much more. There’s something for everyone, but more importantly, it’s a show designed to captivate and entertain everyone.
This is the true definition of prodigious. It’s the embodiment of what everyone loves about combat sports. A X delivers what has been requested, and it looks set to blow the doors off Singapore’s indoor stadium.
A X will be streamed live in its entirety on the ONE Championship website on Saturday, March 26, beginning with ONE X: Part One at 1 a.m. ET, followed by ONE X: Part II starts at 5 a.m. ET. ONE X: Part One and ONE X: Part II will also be broadcast on the ONE Championship Facebook and YouTube pages. The action then moves to the ONE Championship pay-per-view at 8 a.m. ET for the ONE X: Grand Finale.