Fight Facts: One Championship ‘Century’ Parts 1 & 2

By: Jay Pettry
Oct 15, 2019
Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.

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One Championship put on a massive doubleheader with three mixed martial arts belts on the line and two tournament championships. The events featured a very controversial result in one headliner, two fighters that captured the submission record together and the busiest champion in company history.

But First, Some Little Housekeeping: Although labeled as the 100th numbered event, One Century Part 1 is not the 100th event the promotion has put on in its history. The organization held two preliminary fight nights for Ones 44 and 45, and also cancelled One FC 30 in 2015 and ceased numbering events. Additionally, there have also been eight shows under the One Warrior Series banner putting on 122 bouts and nine through One Hero Series totaling another 88 in combined MMA, muay Thai and kickboxing.

Two Baka Survivors: Angela Lee and Shinya Aoki both submitted their opponents in their respective events, and each of them recorded their seventh submissions in the One promotion. They are now tied for the most in One history.

Part 1

You Know What To Do: In the last round, Lee hit Jingnan Xiong with a suplex where she took back control and eventually sunk in the rear-naked choke. Suplexes are illegal in One, with the broadcast frequently displaying "No spiking/suplexing on head, neck or spine." Additionally, One founder Chatri Sityodtong stated in March 2018: "At One Championship, all variations of suplexes are illegal and any attempt or intent results in an automatic disqualification." His posts on social media regarding this rule have since been removed.

And This Should Make Four: In 2018, three One fighters were disqualified for using illegal slams, suplexes or spikes: Dae Hwan Kim, Kritsada Kongsrichai and Lee's brother, Christian Lee.

Run It Back: Lee tapped Xiong with 12 seconds left in the fifth round, making her submission the latest finish in One history.

It Is…For Now: Lee's stoppage is the fourth to occur in the fifth stanza in company history, and the second in women's divisions. Xiong previously finished Lee in Round 5 at One: A New Era in March.

Those Belts Were Heavy: Demetrious Johnson ended up winning the 135-pound tournament by beating Danny Kingad on the scorecards, while current 170-pound champ came in on short notice to win the 170-pound tournament. Each man earned tournament championship belts, and while Johnson likely earned a shot at his division's champion Adriano Moraes, C. Lee unified the tournament and divisional championships with the win. One-Up: By beating Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev on the scorecards, C. Lee earned his 13th win under the One banner -- the most all-time.

Neither Unstoppable Nor Immovable: Neither C. Lee nor Arslanaliev had ever won a fight by judges' verdict coming into their bout, with 20 combined stoppage wins between the two.

This Fighter Has A Strong Heart: Itsuki Hirata remained undefeated when she tapped Rika Ishige with an armbar at 4:41 of Round 2. It was the longest fight she has been in throughout her career spanning less than a year, and all five of "Strong Heart Fighter's" wins have come by submission.

Disarming Performance: Lito Adiwang defeated Senzo Ikeda when Ikeda suffered an arm injury in the first round. He is the seventh fighter to suffer an injury TKO loss in the promotion's history.

He Just Wants It To Be Done: Win or lose, all five of Yoon Chang Min's career bouts have ended in the first round, following his first-round tapout of Phoe Thaw.

Part 2

A Post-Truth Organization: Brandon Vera famously stated his intentions of being a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but never had the chance to do so. The current One heavyweight king, "The Truth" went down to cruiserweight (225 pounds) to fight for the belt held by Aung La N Sang. He lost by second-round knockout.

Aung Loud: With his knockout win over Vera, Aung La is now tied for the fifth-most knockouts in company history with Kotetsu Boku (six). He trails Amir Khan and C. Lee (eight each), and Martin Nguyen and Thaw (seven each).

The Cruiser Takes Up Three Squares: Aung La is the first fighter to ever defend the 225-pound belt, as Roger Gracie won it over Michal Pasternak but retired before defending it in 2017.

They Really Like It Here: Both Kevin Belingon and Honorio Banario competed for their respective 18th times with One, moving into a first-place tie for the most with the company.

No Honor In Defeat: Dropping his match against Aoki, Banario suffered his 10th defeat with one, and extended his record for the most losses in company history.

One Bad Bibi: Bibiano Fernandes earned his 12th win under the One lights by submitting Belingon. He only trails C. Lee in the company for the most victories.

Back To His Old Ways: As Fernandes won his belt back by disqualification in March and successfully defended it at One Century Part 2, he is the first champion in organizational history to ever register a defense on two separate title reigns.

Watch For Part Five Next Summer!: With Fernandes and Belingon competing against one another three times in a row as well as once in 2016, they are the first fighters to ever face one another four times in One. They are also among a rare crop of matchups like Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson and Andrei Arlovski vs. Tim Sylvia to meet one another more than three times in major promotions throughout their careers.

Like His Buddy "Mighty Mouse": "The Flash" competed in his 12th consecutive title fight, far more than any fighter in company history. In comparison, only 21 other fighters in One history have ever even competed 12 times for the promotion.

A Heavyweight That Takes His Time: Despite that heavyweights traditionally have a much higher finish rate than other divisions, Arjan Singh Bhullar has now won 70 percent of his bouts by decision, including each of his last five, following his decision win over Mauro Cerilli.

Jenny Five: Dropping a decision to Mei Yamaguchi, Jenny Huang has now suffered the most losses of any female fighter (five) in organizational history. Huang started her career with five wins, and went on to lose her next five.

What Do Those Orgs Do In The Meantime?: The first four fights on the card pitted champions from Pancrase against champs from Shooto, in non-title bouts in the 170-, 185-, 145- and 125-pound divisions.

Neck And Neck: Although Pancrase roared out to an early lead with two decision wins by Takasuke Kume and Hiroyuki Tetsuka, Shooto evened the score with two knockouts at the hands of Shoko Sato and Yosuke Saruta.

Never Say Never Again: Coming into One Century Parts 1 and 2, Xiong had never been finished (15 fights), four fighters had never lost on the scorecards (Kingad, Arslanaliev, Agilan Thani and Cerilli) and no fighter had ever suffered a broken arm in competition (Ikeda).

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