In the first episode of ONE Championship's Warrior Spirit, the focus was on ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera. Since then, four more athletes have been featured on the special series - Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, "The Panda" Xiong Jing Nan, Aung La "The Burmese Python" N Sang, and Ritu "The Indian Tigress" Phogat.


Warrior Spirit gives fans a look at what adversities the top athletes of ONE have endured to ascend to the height of the sport.

Johnson, the winner of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, was featured in the second episode. The episode detailed his early struggles alongside some of his top performances in ONE since joining The Home of Martial Arts in 2019.

Alongside the American star, many consider the greatest pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in history are three international stars making their name on the global stage.

ONE Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan and ONE Middleweight & Light Heavyweight World Champion Aung La N Sang have already found glory with world titles after overcoming their hardships while the latest episode featured Indian star Ritu Phogat.

Phogat is a member of a famed Indian wrestling family, but she decided to forgo a shot at Olympic dreams to chase victory in ONE in the hopes of becoming India's first mixed martial arts World Champion.

The Indian talent has begun training at Evolve MMA, where she continues her development to become a complete martial artist. Already a perfect 2-0 in her young career, the future remains bright for the dominant grappler.

Warrior Spirit gives fans a closer look at the world's top martial artists and hopes to inspire them through shared stories of triumph over hardship.

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Having just concluded hosting the Hungary Grand Slam, the first international judo competition in eight months, it was announced Hungary will now host the 2021 Judo World Championships. László Tóth, head of the Hungarian Judo Association, said the event will take place starting on June 3 in Budapest.

The 2021 championships were originally slated to be hosted by Uzbekistan with Hungary to have hosted the 2022 tournament. The world championships will be a qualifying event for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

On Friday, October 30, ONE Championship presents ONE: Inside The Matrix. The event will feature World Championship contests across four divisions with some of the best and most exciting global stars.

The six-bout card from Singapore will air live and free on the B/R Live app starting at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST.

Click here to find out how to watch the event if you live outside of the United States.

A Card Full Of Finishers

If there is anything fans should know going into ONE: Inside The Matrix, it is to have their snacks ready because every contest will feature athletes who can finish bouts in the blink of an eye.

Two title challengers, Thanh Le and Iuri Lapicus enter their respective World Championship clashes with perfect finishing rates. However, both of their opponents, Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen and Christian "The Warrior" Lee respectively, have finishing rates above 90%.

In the main event, both Aung La "The Burmese Python" N Sang and Reinier "The Dutch Knight" De Ridder have finishing rates of 92%.

And strawweights "The Panda" Xiong Jing Nan and Tiffany "No Chill" Teo have also finished more than half of their wins before going to the scorecards. In an evening of title tilts, every match for gold is filled with the possibility of a show-stealing ending.

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his title at the company's "Fight Island" in Abu Dhabi Saturday defeating Justin Gaethje by second round submission, then promptly announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

Gaethje employed a stick and move strategy that helped him avoid Nurmagomedov's relentless wrestling game until the end of the first round when the champion took him to the mat and easily passed his guard going for an armbar attempt. Though the bell sounded before Nurmagomedov could cinch in the armbar, he was instantly back to work in the second round taking Gaethje down, mounting him and wrapping his legs around the challenger's neck to fall back into a perfect triangle choke. Gaethje quickly tapped but, when referee Jason Herzog was slow to step in, he appeared to briefly go unconscious.

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Nurmagomedov, competing for the first time since his father passed away earlier in the year, immediately announced this would be his final fight. If he does stay away from the cage, he leaves the sport with an unblemished 29-0 record.

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