Jakarta. Asia's largest global sports media property, ONE Championship, has announced a blockbuster main event in Indonesia at the capital's Jakarta Convention Center. The event, dubbed the ONE: Kings of Courage, is set for Jan. 20 and will be the organization's first global broadcast of the new year.
In the event's title fight, Singaporean fighter Tiffany "No Chill" Teo will take on "The Panda" Xiong Jing Nan of China for the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship.Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and chief executive of ONE Championship, said he was super excited to announce Tiffany Teo versus Xiong Jing Nan at the ONE: Kings of Courage in Jakarta.
"It is our first global broadcast of 2018 and we are going big. The two women are exemplary martial artists who compete at the highest level of skill. It should be an exciting bout for all the fans watching, and at the end of the night, we will be crowning our first ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion. In addition, our co-main event contest between local hero Stefer Rahardian and Muhammad Imran will see the winner go on to challenge for the ONE Flyweight World Championship," Chatri said as quoted in a press release received by the Jakarta Globe.
Teo of Singapore is a rising female martial arts star who competes in the ONE Championship’s women’s strawweight division. She holds an unblemished professional record of seven wins and zero losses, including three submissions and two knockouts.
Teo began training in taekwondo before moving on to compete in boxing and Muay Thai and eventually transitioning to the ONE Championship cage. In her last bout, Teo impressed with a quick submission victory over Puja Tomar.
Meanwhile, Xiong of Shandong, China, is an upcoming female strawweight contender in ONE Championship. She is known as one of the top three leading female martial arts talents in China. With a professional record of 10-1, Xiong began her career competing in professional boxing and was inspired by her father, who imparted in her values of courage and integrity.
Featuring a wide array of skills, Xiong recently bagged a gold medal at the prestigious China Open Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament in 2017. In her last bout, Xiong made quick work of Filipino wushu specialist April Osenio, finishing her opponent via technical knockout in the first round.
Hometown hero Stefer Rahardian has also created a mark in his ONE Championship debut, by winning the ONE: Titles and Titans Flyweight Tournament in August 2016. Rahardian finished both Yotha Hutagalung and Hendrick Wijaya by first round rear-naked choke to become the tournament winner. Since then, Rahardian has blazed a trail in the ONE Championship cage, winning three additional bouts to cap an unprecedented run as a professional.
In his last outing, Stefer outperformed Cambodia’s Sim Bunsrun to win by an impressive first-round submission.
Imran of Gujar Khan, Pakistan, is a martial artist making his ONE Championship debut. He is the former PFC Strawweight Champion who specializes in budokai karate and grappling. The 26-year-old is looking to make a solid impact in the flyweight class, challenging one of the top talents in the division in his first appearance for the promotion.