One Championship: Who are the champions?
One Championship- one of the biggest MMA organisations in the world is growing at a fast pace and it shows no signs of slowing down but they’ve got titles for days. In the smaller weight classes, they have the world title, a Muay Thai title and a kickboxing title and today we’re going through every division ONE offers and we’ll be seeing who the champions are.
Heavyweight: Brandon Vera
At the record of 16-7, Brandon Vera can do it all although he may be most recognised for his ability to wrestle as he was once a member of the military’s Greco-Roman wrestling team. Former UFC fighter, Vera is now on a knockout tear in One with his second fight in the promotion being a title fight. Vera is the first and only heavyweight champion in One’s history.
Light Heavyweight & Middleweight: Aung La Nsang
The Burmese Python is the second fighter in One Championship to win a second title in another division and he is still reigning. He is 10-1 in One with his only loss coming to Vitaly Bigdash by decision. We will see La Nsang’s first light heavyweight title defence against heavyweight champion, Brandon Vera who we have already spoke about.
Welterweight: Zebaztian Kadestam
Kadestam’s last loss was in 2017 and it was to Ben Askren. Since then, he’s been on a three fight winning streak and has even included him becoming the welterweight champion. The Muay Thai styled fighter has been training Muay Thai since the age of 12 and at the age of 28, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
Lightweight: Christian Lee
Christian Lee is the brother of the One atomweight champion, Angela Lee but both fighters are fantastic. We’re not talking about Angela though, we’ll get to her in due time but the warrior is only 21 years old and definitely will get better from here. I look forward to see what Lee is like in just 5 years time.
Lightweight Kickboxing: Regian Eersel
Now we enter weight classes that have specific categories and something that One does really well is the range of MMA, kick boxing and Muay Thai which is really refreshing to watch. The lightweight kickboxing champion is Regian Eersel and he is 54-4 and at the age of 26, he’s only going to improve.
Featherweight: Martin Nguyen
The Situ-Asian is the reigning defending featherweight champion and he is the first fighter in One’s history to hold two titles at once. At one point, Nguyen was thinking about the chances of becoming a triple champion but now he spends his days trying to build his legacy as one of the greatest featherweights of all time.
Bantamweight: Bibiano Fernandes
“The Flash” is the current ONE Bantamweight champion and is 23-4. After a successful run in DREAM, he made the transition to ONE back in 2012 before shortly becoming ONE bantamweight champion. He defended the belt 8 times before losing it. However, he wouldn’t be on this article if he currently wasn’t champion and he is, he reclaimed the title and is back at the top of the bantamweight division.
Muay Thai Bantamweight: Nong-o Gaiyanghadao
The Muay Thai bantamweight champion, Nong-o will be defending his title next Friday in his second title defence against Bruce Delval. That is the main event for the Vietnam Card and I’ve had a quick look at the card and it looks decent. Anderson Silva will also be on the card but not that Anderson Silva - though also from Brazil. Anyway, Nong-o is a great fighter, I recently watched his title defence against Han and I was impressed with his performance and greatly looking forward to see his fight next week.
Flyweight: Adriano Moraes
Moraes specialises in BJJ, boxing and Muay Thai, he is 18-3 and the ONE Championship Flyweight Champion - that is him in a nutshell. He stared training MMA since the age of 7 and has came a long way since and now is a two time One flyweight world champion. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how Moraes fights Demetrious Johnson or Danny Kingad - a man Moraes has defeated in the past by submission.
Flyweight Muay Thai: Rodtang Jitmuangnon
Rodtang is one of the most popular fighters in ONE and that is down to his frequency to fight. After defeating Jonathan Haggerty to capture the flyweight Muay Thai title, he defended the title just two weeks later. He fights again next month and will also defend his title in October at ONE Championship: Century.
Flyweight Kickboxing: Ilias Ennahacni
One thing comes to my mind when I think of Ilias Ennahachi and that is his footwork. He’s an elusive champion and is the definition of hit while not getting hit; an important thing in kickboxing. He is the only male kickboxing champion in ONE and his third round knockout earlier this month is how he became champion in the first place.
Strawweight: Joshua Pacio
From a title challenger who just came up short turned to the champipn, Joshua Pacio’s story is truly inspiring. He did lose the championship but he did get it back in the rematch and we’ll see what Pacio does next.
Women’s Strawweight: Xiong Jing Nan
Xiong Jing Nan trains 4 times a day. That is champion’s mentality. Jing Nan is China’s first MMA Champion and whether or not Weill Zhang beats Jessica Andrade on Saturday, Jing Nan will still go down as the first ever Chinese MMA champion. She’s defended a couple of times and we’ll see if she continues this streak of 17-1.
Women’s Atomweight: Angela Lee
“Unstoppable” Angela Lee may have lost her last 2 fights including one for the women’s strawweight title but at the age of 23, Lee still has a massive future in MMA. She was 9-0 at one point and will try again to get on winning ways but it won’t be easy as her next defence is at ONE Championship: Century and it’s against Xiong Jing Nan - Jing Nan has defeated Lee in the past but now the weight classes are reversed so it’ll definitely be interesting to see how this goes.
Women’s Atomweight Muay Thai & Atomweight Kickboxing: Stamp Fairtex
Double champion, Stamp Fairtex is brilliant at kickboxing and Muay Thai. The plan for Fairtex is to conquer the whole Atomweight division and that is to win a third championship. Whoever wins between Jingnan and Lee will have to fight Fairtex and that’s definitely a dangerous fight for the winner.