One: Century still pushing through despite threat from "Hagibis"

One: Century still pushing through despite threat from "Hagibis"

One Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong said that One: Century is pushing through on Sunday despite the adverse weather brought by Typhoon "Hagibis". One Championship
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Even if Typhoon "Hagibis" is set to flood Japan this weekend, One Championship is pushing through with its "Century" event on Sunday in Tokyo.

"By early morning Sunday in Tokyo, the weather should be back to normal," said One CEO Chatri Sityodtong in a statement on Friday night explaining his decision to continue with the event as scheduled.

Initially forecast to hit the Philippines, "Hagibis" changed its path during the midweek and is expected to make landfall in Japan by Saturday.

But even if the Japanese capital will still be reeling from the storm, the show, as the old saying goes, must go on.

"My leadership team and I made this decision with safety as the highest priority for our team, our athletes, and our fans," Sityodtong further said.

For the first time ever, One: Century will be divided into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening.

The morning event is now on track of getting a less crowd turnout than expected as struggles in transportation due to the typhoon are imminent.

"Ticket holders who are unable to attend Part I of our event due to transportation or travel challenges will be granted a complete refund," Sityodtong added.

The morning session will see Angela Lee and Xiong Jing Nan collide for the One women's atomweight championship as the main event.

The supporting bout will have Demetrious Johnson and Danny Kingad clashing in the One Flyweight Grand Prix Final with a future world title shot on the line.

Lee's younger brother Christian will also see action as the reigning One lightweight champ battles Saygid Arslanaliev in the One Lightweight Grand Prix Final.

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