ONE Championship: Belingon faces Leone at 'Heroes of Honor' in Manila

Published March 14, 2018, 6:40 PM

by manilabulletin_admin

ONE Championship (ONE) announces ONE: HEROES OF HONOR set for April 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Fans will once again be witness to another evening of world class martial arts action, delivered by the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent.

In the main event, hometown favorite Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines takes on Andrew Leone of the United States. The co-main event will see kickboxing superstar Giorgio Petrosyan of Italy facing “Smokin'” Jo Nattawut of Thailand in a ONE Super Series bout.

“ONE: HEROES OF HONOR is a historic event for ONE Championship. For the first time ever, we are combining the action and thrill of mixed martial arts with the authenticity of the world’s most elite striking arts in ONE Super Series. I am excited to unveil our brand new ONE Championship ring where all the action will take place, as well as welcome the world’s greatest martial artists to the most prestigious global stage of competition. It’s going to be an evening filled with excitement as we showcase the best in martial arts, and with ONE Super Series, ONE Championship is now the largest martial arts organization in the world,” said Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship.

Team Lakay’s Honorio “The Rock” Banario has long been one of the Philippines’ most respected martial arts veterans. The former ONE Featherweight World Champion, Banario is ready to once again showcase his world-class wushu skills and lightning-quick strikes against Adrian Pang.

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao is considered by Thai boxing purists as one of the top pound-for-pound Muay Thai practitioners in the world. He will make his ONE Super Series debut against Fabio Pinca who makes his ONE Super Series debut opposite Nong-O Gaiyanghadao.

Marat “Cobra” Gafurov of Dagestan, Russia, is the former ONE Featherweight World Champion. Gafurov would like nothing more than to regain his championship mettle, and in his next bout will be taking on Emilio Urrutia. Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia is an American martial arts talent from Miami, Florida.

Brad “Quake” Riddell is a top Muay Thai and K-1 rules competitor from New Zealand. He will be making his ONE Super Series debut against Regian Eersel, the former Lion Fight Welterweight Champion from the Netherlands representing Sityodtong gym.

Top Filipino women’s martial arts contender Gina “Conviction” Iniong of Baguio City, Philippines, is a six-time national wushu champion and member of the renowned Team Lakay. Iniong will look to regain her winning form as she takes on former world title challenger Jenny Huang next.

Japanese martial artist Masakazu Imanari is a ONE Championship bantamweight with years of high-profile experience on the global stage of martial arts. “Ashikan Judan” is set to return to the ONE Championship cage against Kevin Chung.

Kevin “Oldboy” Chung is a 25-year-old South Korean-American martial artist who was born and raised in the United States. He is set to face feared Japanese veteran Masakazu Imanari next.

Adrian Matheis of Jakarta, Indonesia, is a martial artist competing in ONE Championship’s talented strawweight division. In his next bout, Matheis crosses paths with Lan Ming Qiang.

Lan Ming Qiang is a national sanda champion from China, who trains alongside ONE Championship flyweight standout “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin at the Jincan Defense Club. In his most recent bout, Lan faced the former world title challenger Joshua Pacio, and is set to make his next appearance at ONE: HEROES OF HONOR in Manila against Adrian Matheis.