New Zealand's Muaina Manase is one of 14 new world-class signings to ONE Championship.
Manase earned his ONE contract at the 2019 GAMMA World Championships, where he won the men’s middleweight division and was named Best Male Athlete.
The powerful Kiwi scored stoppage wins in both his semifinal and final bouts. When he makes his promotional debut, it will be in the welterweight division.
ONE Championship recently announced some incredible additions to its ONE Super Series featherweight ranks, and now, there are even more signings for fans to get excited about.
More than a dozen of the world’s top athletes have put pen to paper with the world’s largest martial arts organisation, and they are all determined to make an impact in the promotion’s mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and Muay Thai divisions.
Here are the 14 warriors who plan to make their presence felt in The Home Of Martial Arts once the 2020 calendar of events gets back underway.
Hyeon Woo Ko
Rising star Hyeon Woo Ko hails from Busan, South Korea, and brings a phenomenal seven-bout winning streak to the global stage. The 27-year-old featherweight is 8-1 as a professional mixed martial artist and has finished seven of his opponents to date.
Daniyal Zainalov is an unbeaten light heavyweight mixed martial artist who owns a 7-0 slate and a slew of accolades. The Russian has finished six of his seven opponents, including four by way of knockout.
Hyun Man Myung
The light heavyweight division is gaining another colossal talent in the form of South Korea’s Hyun Man Myung. He is a Max FC Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion with a 55-5-2 kickboxing record and a 5-3 (1 NC) mixed martial arts record. “The Iron Gentleman,” as he is called, will compete in both sports on the global stage.
Courtney Martin earned her spot on the ONE roster when she won gold at the 2019 GAMMA World Championships in Singapore last November and claimed the tournament’s Best Female Athlete accolade. The Australian, who owns an 8-1 amateur record, will make her professional mixed martial arts debut in the women’s flyweight division later this year.
Edson “Panico” Marques is another undefeated star who has inked a deal with ONE. The Brazilian boasts a 9-0 record in professional mixed martial arts competition and is the current NP Fight Welterweight Champion. With his strong background in both boxing and Muay Thai, Marques will also compete in ONE Super Series.
New Zealand’s Muaina Manase also earned his ONE contract at the 2019 GAMMA World Championships, where he won the men’s middleweight division and was named Best Male Athlete. The powerful Kiwi scored stoppage wins in both his semifinal and final bouts. When he makes his promotional debut, it will be in the welterweight division.
Japanese mixed martial arts star Hiroba Minowa is ready to step onto the global stage. The Shooto Strawweight World Champion would love to follow in former foe Yosuke “The Ninja” Saruta‘s shoes by reaching the top of the division. At 11-2, Minowa has finished all of his opponents inside the distance, with eight of those wins coming by way of submission.
Russia’s Shamil Abdulaev will add firepower to the middleweight division. The Moscow native, who owns a 12-1 record, is a two-time World Champion in mixed martial arts and has finished seven of his opponents.
Anatoly Malykhin is set to bolster the heavyweight mixed martial arts ranks with his freestyle wrestling repertoire and athleticism. The Russian is unbeaten at 8-0 – with all his victories coming by way of submission or knockout – and won the WMMAA Amateur World Championships in 2017.
Serbia’s Mihajlo Kecojevic will join the ONE Super Series kickboxing ranks in the light heavyweight division. The FEA Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion holds a 13-1 record, and he is known for his aggressive, come-forward style.
Murat “The Butcher” Aygun is another striking superstar who will be competing in the light heavyweight division. The Dutch-Turkish kickboxer holds a 16-1 record in the sport, and he is an ISKA and WFL Heavyweight World Champion. Also, Aygun trains under the legendary Peter Aerts.
Jonathan Di Bella
Canada’s Jonathan Di Bella is one of the most exciting young kickboxers on the planet. After winning several regional and national titles in North America, Di Bella makes his way to the global stage. The Canadian, who owns a 10-0 record, will compete in the strawweight division.
Capitan Petchyindee Academy
Lumpinee Stadium and WPMF Muay Thai World Champion Capitan Petchyindee Academy is joining the ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight ranks. The Thai is armed with an astonishing 140-40-1 record in “the art of eight limbs,” and he will look to emulate stablemates Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy and Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy en route to World Title success.
British Muay Thai striker Jacob Smith is known for his relentless aggression in the ring. With a 10-1-1 professional record, he is another exciting addition to the already-packed flyweight division.