ONE Championship is ready to ignite the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia this coming Saturday, 12 May as ONE: GRIT AND GLORY marks the promotion’s second of four shows this year in the country.
Aside from the nine mixed martial arts bouts that are slated on the card, the highly-acclaimed ONE Super Series will also be part of the star-studded event.
Fresh off the debut of its much-awaited ONE Super Series on 20 April at ONE: HEROES OF HONOR, ONE Championship offered fans a taste of what’s to expect with its latest innovation as an all-striking league showcased the best of the world’s striking martial arts.
ONE Super Series aims to provide the world’s best martial artists a prestigious global platform to feature the beauty of Asia’s striking arts such as Muay Thai, kickboxing, Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Wushu, Sanda, Silat, Lethwei, and more.
Introducing a new global league specially for elite strikers, ONE Championship has booked two exciting striking-only contests for ONE: GRIT AND GLORY.
Two of kickboxing’s biggest stars are set to meet this Saturday when Lithuania’s Sergej Maslobojev meets Croatia’s Antonio Plazibat in a three-round ONE Super Series kickboxing bout.
Both men are familiar foes as Maslobojev defeated Plazibat in a previous match two years ago.
Plazibat seeks redemption of the highest order and will want to prove to his rival that he is a much different kickboxer than when they first met.
Meanwhile, Triumph Kombat titleholder Stergos “Greek Dynamite” Mikkios is scheduled to clash with Lion Fight lightweight world champion Ognjen Topic in a three-round Muay Thai showdown.
ONE Super Series athletes will either wear eight-ounce or ten-ounce boxing gloves depending on the weight of the athletes. Ten-ounce gloves will be required in matches above 65.8 kilograms.
Handcrafted by Bangkok-based combat sports brand Boon, ONE Super Series gloves will be in all black with laces.
Unlike its mixed martial arts counterpart, Muay Thai and kickboxing matches in ONE Super Series will be scored in a ten-point must system and will be contested in three three-minute rounds.
Moreover, an in-ring competitor who is knocked down three times in the same round will be declared knocked out by the referee.
Elbow strikes will only be allowed in Muay Thai bouts as kickboxing matches in ONE Super Series will follow the heavily-praised oriental rule set, which was famously used by the now-defunct K-1 organization.
Although the brand new five-rope ring made its first appearance this past April, all ONE Super Series bouts at ONE: GRIT AND GLORY on Saturday will be held inside the cage.