ONE 165: Superlek vs. Takeru, a martial arts extravaganza that’s set to light up Tokyo’s Ariake Arena on January 28, 2024. It’s a pay-per-view spectacle that’s going to glue you to your screens, whether you like it or not.
After a hiatus that felt longer than a championship round, ONE Championship is finally sauntering back into Japan, their first gig there since 2019. And boy, do they have a headliner for us! Takeru Segawa, a walking trophy cabinet with three K-1 World Champion belts, is stepping up to challenge Superlek Kiatmoo9, the reigning czar of the ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship. Expect fireworks, flying fists, and maybe a touch of drama.
For those who can’t make it to Tokyo, don’t sweat it. You can catch the global pay-per-view live on Watch.ONEFC.com in most regions. Meanwhile, ABEMA PPV will be the exclusive broadcaster in Japan, and they’re also throwing a bone to viewers in South Korea, The Philippines, and Thailand.
Before the wallet-opening main card, ONE’s throwing in a freebie – four bouts available on their website, YouTube, Facebook, ABEMA, and other platforms they’re chummy with. It’s like the appetizer before the main course, and who doesn’t love free stuff?
Here’s the lowdown on the viewing schedule for ONE 165:
Get your pre-game on with four free-to-air bouts starting at 5:00 p.m. JST/3:00 a.m. ET. Available on the usual suspects: Watch.ONEFC.com, ONE YouTube, ONE Facebook, ABEMA, and the rest of their gang.
The main course, the global PPV card, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. JST/4:30 a.m. ET. Available on Watch.ONEFC.com* and ABEMA PPV in the aforementioned regions. (*Watch out for those pesky geo-restrictions.)
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the PPV card is stacked with gems. Kade Ruotolo, an American BJJ maestro, is defending his ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Championship against Europe’s own Tommy Langaker. It’s a rematch of their June 2023 clash, and we’re all hoping it’s as epic as the first. Then, there’s the clash of styles and continents as Japanese legend Shinya Aoki tangles with American hotshot Sage Northcutt in a lightweight MMA showdown. Plus, for a dash of extra flair, Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama is squaring off against Nieky Holzken in a special rules super-fight that’s sure to have purists and newbies alike at the edge of their seats.