|Saga||Underground Arena Saga|
|Series||Baki the Grappler TV|
|Original airdate||April 30, 2001|
Champion is the seventeenth episode of Baki the Grappler TV. The episode first aired on April 30, 2001.
Flash forward three years: Baki Hanma is now the champion of the underground arena. Mitsunari Tokugawa meets with Doppo Orochi, a great Shinshinkai karate fighter, and asks him to enter his son in the arena. Doppo finds Kiyosumi Katou, a former student, at his dojo beating up his fighters, and he introduces Katou to the arena. Baki trains for a fight at the boarding house where he is staying, where Kozue Matsumoto, the daughter of the woman who owns the house, has a crush on him.