Inaugural World Martial Arts Week set for Tokyo in October
ONE: ‘Century’ is set for the Ryōgoku Kokugikan on October 13th and three title fights were announced yesterday. There will also be a series of activities in Tokyo during the build up to the event which has been dubbed ‘World Martial Arts Week’.
World Martial Arts Week will kick off with the ONE Martial Arts Fan Fest from October 5-6th at Bellesalle Shibuya Garden. It will feature athlete open workouts and opportunities for fans to meet and greet superstars such as Demetrious Johnson, Angela Lee, Brandon Vera, Miesha Tate and Rich Franklin.
The ONE Martial Arts Fan Fest will also feature live MMA fights and esports. A special edition ONE Tekken Tokyo Invitational will be held at the event featuring the best Tekken players in the world.
There will also be a ONE Warrior Series: ‘Japan vs. the World’ event. This will see up and coming local fighters matched with international opponents and marks the first card in the series to ever take place outside of Singapore.
Also announced today was some lucrative prize money for the winners of the four ‘Shooto vs Pancrase‘ bouts. Champions from both promotions will go head to head and the winner of each fight will walk away with $50,000 USD.
Yesterday Hiroyuki Tetsuka put himself in contention for a slot on the card by winning the welterweight title at Pancrase 306. Champions from that promotion and Shooto will automatically be offered ONE Championship contracts as part of a deal agreed earlier this year.