Ayaka Miura
cdn.onefc.com / ONE Championship
ONE Championship’s first event of 2022, ONE: Heavy Hitters, will be headlined by “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan defending her ONE Strawweight World Championship against Japan’s Ayaka Miura on Friday, January 14.

Since capturing the inaugural gold, Xiong has reigned over the division. She has turned away every challenger, including Angela Lee, when she moved up in a bid to become a two-division World Champion.

But Miura will hope to test her ground game as the submission ace tries to turn the division on its head.

The Japanese grappler has finished seven of her 11 career victories by submission, including her last outing against Rayane Marques Bastos at ONE: Dangal. The #4-ranked strawweight contender will need to get inside the range of the hard-hitting “Panda” to institute her gameplan and use her judo to take home the gold.

But that is easier said than done. Xiong has thwarted grapplers each time they have come for her gold.

In her last title defense, against multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Michelle Nicolini, Xiong dominated the action and showed her ground defense late in the bout. Miura will have to take a different approach as the Chinese star refuses to be put in a bad position on the ground.

The clash of styles makes the ONE Strawweight World Championship main event an interesting affair, and it will help shape the division for the remainder of the year. “The Panda” is the only champion the division has known, and she is intent on not letting a new era begin.

Miura’s sensational ground game will test Xiong in a new way, while Xiong’s power looks to bring an early end to the main event.

The ONE Strawweight World Title will be defended at ONE: Heavy Hitters on Friday, January 14. The action airs on YouTube beginning at 5:00 a.m. EST/2:00 a.m. PST.

Ayaka Miura vs. Maira Mazar | Full Fight Replay

Before Japanese judo ace Ayaka Miura challenges strawweight queen Xiong Jing Nan for the ONE Women's Strawweight World Title, relive her super submission of ...

Xiong Jing Nan vs. Angela Lee I | Full Fight Replay

Before strawweight queen Xiong Jing Nan returns in the main event of ONE: HEAVY HITTERS, relive "The Panda's" SHOCKING upset of atomweight queen Angela Lee i...
Introducing Martial Arts School Listings on Black Belt Mag!
Sign Up Now To Be One Of The First School Listed In Our Database.
SUBSCRIBE TO BLACKBELT MAGAZINE TODAY!
Don't miss a single issue of the worlds largest magazine of martial arts.
Executioners From Shaolin
Executioners From Shaolin / Lau Kar-leung

Dr. Craig’s Martial Arts Movie Lounge

In Part I, I covered the following films from 1970-1976 in order of the years the films came out: Brothers Five; The Avenger; Fist of Fury; Black Tavern; Chinese Iron Man; Defensive Power of Aikido; Fists of Vengeance; The Gallant;Pacific Connection; and The Tongfather. The last 10 films are presented in a similar fashion.
Keep Reading Show less
Epic Grudge Match to Headline UFC 272
UFC
After three long years, It's finally here. Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington have agreed to let their Mixed Martial arts skills do the talking on March 5 at UFC 272.
Keep Reading Show less
Bruce Lee’s “10,000 Kicks” Challenge – Complete 10,000 Kicks in 10 Days

2021 Update!

The Power of the Martial Spirit = Master Yourself so You Can Be of Service to the World.
For millions of Americans, hungry kids are their reality. Not enough money to buy groceries. Not enough food to last until the next paycheck.

Black Belt Magazine, The Bruce Lee Foundation, and Sifu Harinder Singh are calling all Martial Artists and School Owners to come together to Kick Off the New Year and unite to Kick Hunger Away. Let’s make #10000KICKS go viral.

Keep Reading Show less