ONE: Century — the ambitious two-event card from ONE Championship — will move forward as scheduled despite a powerful typhoon expected to make landfall in Tokyo, Japan over the next 24 hours.
Typhoon Hagibis is projected to slam into the main island of Honshu on Saturday with numerous events in the area already cancelled in anticipation of the monster storm headed that way.. Two rugby World Cup matches have been cancelled with Japanese Formula One Grand Prix practice and qualifying sessions pushed back until Sunday.
Despite a weather forecast that includes possible wind gusts up to 157 mph with waves potentially reaching as much as 43 feet high, ONE Championship plans to move ahead as scheduled with their event taking place inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan with two cards on Saturday.
“The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship has announced that both Part I and Part II of ONE: Century happening this Sunday, October 13 9 (local time) at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan are to proceed as scheduled,” ONE Championship officials said in a press release.
“However, we do advise the general public to take extra caution, especially those who will make the journey to the stadium. The health and safety of our athletes, staff and fans remain our top priority and will not be compromised. Ticket holders who are unable to attend Part I of our event due to inclement weather and transportation challenges will be granted a complete refund. We at ONE Championship thank everyone for the support.”
The first part of the card will feature former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in the finals of the ongoing ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix with the show serving as the first ONE Championship card broadcast live on American television. The show is scheduled to air on TNT on Saturday night with the main card starting at 11 p.m. ET.
The second half of the event will then take place later that same night with reigning ONE light heavyweight champion Aung La N Sang facing off with former UFC fighter Brandon Vera in the main event.