KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – AUGUST 18: Christian Lee uses his striking to set up a submission finish of Keanu Subba during ONE Championship: Quest For Greatness at the Stadium Negara on August 18, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Dux Carvajal/ONE Championship/Getty Images)
Here are three reasons to watch ONE Revolution.
ONE Revolution is set for Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m. ET. The fight card will feature eight MMA bouts, two Kickboxing, and one Muay Thai. Three championship belts are on the line to end the night. If you have never watched ONE Championship, Friday is the perfect opportunity to see what you have been missing.
In the headliner, Christian Lee looks to defend his lightweight title against top contender Rae Yoon Ok. Lee won the title in May 2019 and successfully defeated three challengers after. On the contrary, Yoon Ok has looked phenomenal since joining ONE Championship. Yoon Ok won both of his ONE fights in the matter of one week back in April of this year. Although Lee has been unbeatable lately, Yoon Ok offers an intriguing test to the king’s throne.
Also, two more titles will be on the line at ONE Revolution. The co-main event features the ONE bantamweight Kickboxing title up for grabs. Defending champion Capitan Petchyindee takes on Mehdi Zatout. Before the co-main event, the ONE strawweight title will go to either current champion Joshua Pacio or Yosuke Saruta. Tensions will be high as these fighters look to fulfill their dreams of leaving the cage as ONE champion.
If three title fights aren’t enough, ONE Revolution features eight other bouts to spark interest. From legendary BJJ fighters to teenage superstars, ONE Revolution features must-see action. Here are three reasons you can not miss ONE Revolution.
BJJ legend Marcus Buchecha makes his MMA debut.The moment BJJ fans have been waiting for has arrived. Legendary submission artist Marcus Buchecha will make his highly-anticipated MMA debut. Over the past decade, Buchecha has dominated nearly everyone put in his path in BJJ. At 31 years old, Buchecha has chosen to transition over to MMA. After several canceled fights, Buchecha will finally make his MMA debut against Anderson Silva (3-1) at ONE Revolution.
Nobody has doubted Buchecha’s grappling skills, but MMA is more than just grappling. The worry comes from Buchecha’s ability to strike and maintain cardio. Luckily, Buchecha will be fighting in the heavyweight division, where fighters tend to lack world-class grappling. Win or lose, Buchecha’s transition to MMA is intriguing and resectable.
Lee siblings look to steal the show at ONE Revolution.While Angela Lee prepares for her return, the two other Lee siblings will be in action at ONE Revolution. As previously mentioned, Christian will be defending his lightweight title in the main event. At 23 years old, Christian has another opportunity to further his journey to superstardom. A win against Yoon Ok will move Christian’s title run to nearly two and a half years.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Victoria looks to advance to 3-0 against a step up in competition, Victoria Souza (5-0). The potential for Victoria is endless, and she seems to be improving faster than expected. Souza offers the youngest Lee sibling a tough fight against someone undefeated. With a win against Souza, Victoria can prove her potential to become a world champion. It is always worth tuning in when the Lee family fights.
Joshua Pacio vs. Yosuke Saruta IIISince becoming champion on Sept. 2018, Pacio has reigned terror on the strawweight division. The only man to take the title away from Pacio was Saruta by split decision. Although Pacio won the title back in the rematch, the rival was not over. Saruta picked up two more wins against other contenders before returning for the trilogy at ONE Revolution.
Both fighters will be looking to end the trilogy once and for all. At 25 years old, Pacio has the opportunity to build his legacy at a young age. On the contrary, Saruta wants to prove the split decision win was not a fluke. With the knowledge gained from the first two fights, the trilogy should make this a chess match between two dangerous fighters. Safe to say, missing ONE Revolution would be a mistake.
ONE: Revolution takes place on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, live from Singapore. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.