ONE Championship returns to Singapore this Friday Oct. 9 with its Reign of Dynasties event with a strawweight Muay Thai title defence main event.
Reign of Dynasties will be a closed-door event to comply with Singapore’s COVID-19 regulations. Six bouts are scheduled with only the athletes, officials, and crew onsite, marking the country’s first big sporting event since the beginning of the year.
“We are honoured that ONE Championship has been entrusted by the Singapore government to pilot the return of international sports events for broadcast from Singapore,” ONE group president Hua Fung The said in a press release. “We are thrilled to be able to bring our local and international heroes back to the Singapore Indoor Stadium to inspire martial arts fans in Singapore and around the world with their inspiring combination of heart, hard work, and talent.”
“We are pleased to work with ONE Championship to bring ONE: Reign of Dynasties to Singapore,” Ms. Ong Ling Lee, Singapore Tourism Board Director of Sports added. “Together, we will test-bed appropriate safe management measures in this important production pilot that could pave the way for sports events to take place in the future.”
In the main event, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, who is also the company’s strawweight kickboxing champion, will defend the strawweight belt against challenger Josh Tonna.
“I’ve been working hard over the last few months, honing my skills further as the competition intensifies,” Gaiyanghadao said in a press release. “Everyone wants a piece of the champion, and there are many great challengers out there. This break has really allowed me to focus on myself and re-energize. I’m ready to get back into the circle and defend my world title. Josh Tonna is a hungry young warrior, and I know he will be in the best condition possible for this fight. I’m coming in with my best too. For my fans, the pride of Thailand, and my team at Evolve MMA, I will beat Tonna and remain champion.”
Tonna has other ideas despite knowing the champion is heavily favoured to prevail.
“I would first like to thank ONE Championship for the opportunity to compete for the ONE world title. It is an honor for me to face such a huge name in Muay Thai, the legendary Sam-A Gaiyanghadao. This is without a doubt the biggest fight of my career. I know I’m heading into this fight as the underdog, but I’ve been in this position before. Not many people are giving me a chance to win. But I perform the best when people doubt me. I will do everything in my power to walk out of the arena with the ONE world title around my waist.”
Reign of Dynasties can be watched on the company’s ONE Super App, social media channels, or locally on MediaCorp’s Channel 5 and meWATCH app.