ONE Championship Ventures Into New Territories In 2019 To Expand Global Reach

Since its inaugural card in September 2011, ONE Championship has staged over 80 live events and has visited 11 different countries, including United Arab Emirates, China, Chinese Taipei, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia. Two months ago, ONE Championship dropped a bombshell as it announced plans for a record 30 live events in 2019, venturing […]

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Since its inaugural card in September 2011, ONE Championship has staged over 80 live events and has visited 11 different countries, including United Arab Emirates, China, Chinese Taipei, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.

Two months ago, ONE Championship dropped a bombshell as it announced plans for a record 30 live events in 2019, venturing into new markets such as Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.

The prominent ONE Championship cage will finally land in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on 31 March next year, and it is also scheduled to return later in the year on 11 October.

In addition to two shows in Japan, ONE Championship is scheduled to visit Vietnam for the first time to host an event in Ho Chi Minh City on 6 September and break new ground in Seoul, South Korea on 20 December.

“We made a lot of groundbreaking moments in 2018, but it doesn’t stop there. 2019 is already shaping up to be an amazing year for us. We still have a lot of great stuff planned for the coming year. Definitely, we are not resting on our laurels,” ONE Championship head honcho Chatri Sityodtong stated.

Over the past few years, ONE Championship has firmly established its roots in the East where it has enjoyed immense success.

But more importantly, the organization has cemented its place among the world’s best martial arts offerings, creating a global duopoly with its Western counterparts.

The martial arts scene in Asia today is synonymous with ONE Championship as one of the company’s missions is to make the sport a part of the daily fabric of society in the region.

ONE Championship has taken martial arts in Asia into greater heights, broadcasting to over 1.7-billion potential viewers across 138 countries around the world.

Due to the incredible groundwork by ONE Championship, the number of martial arts fans from all across Asia has multiplied exponentially, especially over the past three years.

In line with this, ONE Championship has seen incredible growth rates in both television viewership and social media engagement, which are a testament to the rapid rise of the promotion in worldwide households and the sport of martial arts as a whole.

ONE Championship’s massive reach was most evident during its ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES show in Bangkok, Thailand last 6 October, drawing over 25 million viewers to set a record-breaking peak TV ratings share of 58.5 percent according to the data from Nielsen.

Aside from housing the best and brightest athletes from across the globe like Bibiano Fernandes, Ben Askren, Renzo Gracie, Brandon Vera and Shinya Aoki, ONE Championship has also been pivotal in the development of local and homegrown talents like the Philippines’ Eduard Folayang, Singapore’s Angela Lee and Myanmar’s Aung La N Sang.

After securing an investment of US$166 million from Sequoia Capital to raise its capital base to US$250 million a week ago, it puts ONE Championship at a place of power and great influence in Asia.

In addition, the promotion is positioned for more exposure globally as it seeks to acquire marquee talents available in the free agent market

In 2018, ONE Championship boasts roster 450 athletes, featuring 94 world champions from across different disciplines of martial arts.

On Tuesday, 16 October, ONE Championship made headlines once more as it publicly confirmed the signing of international mixed martial arts superstar Eddie Alvarez into a multi-bout contract.

On a global conference call for the upcoming ONE: HEART OF THE LION event on 9 November in Singapore, Sityodtong confirmed that the acquisition of Alvarez is just the beginning as the company will continue to draw more notable names from the international martial arts circuit.

“We have the largest collection of world champions from martial arts, globally,” he stated. “Eddie is the first of our big signings. I think you will be surprised by announcements coming in the future.”

At the moment, ONE Championship is one of only two martial arts companies in the world with valuations in the US$1 billion-plus range.

Furthermore, reliable sources within the organization confirm that ONE Championship is on pace to exceed USD $100 million in revenue in the near future.

Given the company’s exponential growth, there also seems to be no signs of slowing down for ONE Championship.

“We’re absolutely packing stadiums. We are filling thousand-seater arenas with passionate martial arts fans. We have the support of local governments, most importantly, the support of our fans. We have the most fantastic sponsors and partners on board that believe in what we’re doing, that believe in our vision,” Sityodtong concluded.

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Midnight Mania! Financial Documents Reveal ONE’s Statement Of Income

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ONE FC- technically ONE Championship now- are an important fighting organization in Asia. They just signed Eddie Alvarez, in their first notable American signing since Ben Askren ended his career there. Their CEO, Chatri Sityodtong, is known for his bold pronouncements. They ARE very good at raising venture capital… but so far, they have been losing money- a lot of money.

Bloody Elbow’s John Nash reported on their financials, and they revealed a company that is yet to live up to its’ promises.


It turns out that while their revenue is growing, ONE’s losses are also growing, reaching an accumulated total of almost $93 million (in Singapore dollars) at the end of 2017. This wouldn’t be entirely unheard of, with the UFC itself reportedly bleeding money in the early years, but the UFC was a rarity in that it eventually turned the ship around. Many MMA promotions have not been as lucky, Nash noting that IFL and Elite XC went down similar paths in terms of losses before eventually closing down.

However, ONE has been able to alleviate concerns by continuing to raise money, closing 2017 with 45 million in the bank, and raising a staggering 260 million Singapore dollars in three offerings of shares. In addition, their revenue has risen year by year- but not as quickly as expenses. ONE spends an ever-increasing stream of cash on consultants and marketing.


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Chatri Sityodtong explained how this fit into ONE’s strategy, a slightly more sophisticated version of ‘Fake it till you make it’, but with a fanbase.

“There is no difference between Facebook’s business model and ours. in the first few years, all that Facebook cared about was users. Eventually, when their user base was huge, they could go to advertisers. We care about fans. (Eventually) we will go to broadcasters and advertisers.”

“Reach versus monetization is a trade-off. We have had the benefit of our capital and now investors who see the world our way. We aim to create the purity of engagement, get scale, then monetize at scale,”

It is a strategy that could still pay off- and for the sake of international competition for MMA fighters like Eddie Alvarez, let’s hope it does.


Insomnia

Megan Anderson vs. Cat Zingano is a great fight and a good backup to Cyborg vs. Nunes

Hopefully Dustin Poirier gets some good news.

Is he angling for a fight with Tony Ferguson? Because while Ferguson has richly earned his title shot, I would also watch that all day.

Alexander Gustafsson looks a lot buffer as a cartoon Viking

If Mike Tyson is your referee, you should be scared- very scared.

Demetrious Johnson is only just now a brown belt, but he’s been tapping black belts for years

I mean… they do knock first.

Chuck Liddell shouldn’t shave clean

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I almost feel bad posting Tito Ortiz saying this stuff.

Combat sports this weekend


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

A war

Madness


Random Land

Remember the president of Iran? He’s on Twitter now saying stuff like this.

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Jorge Masvidal Launched Major Campaign To Fight Nate Diaz

Jorge Masvidal apparently wanted to replace Dustin Poirier against Nate Diaz at UFC 230 in November.

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Nate Diaz’s Octagon return is on hold.

Initially, it was announced that the fan-favorite would be making his return to the Octagon at UFC 230. Diaz was to fight Dustin Poirier in the pay-per-view’s (PPV) co-main event. There was a big push from fans to try and implement a 165-pound title to boost it to the headliner.

However, UFC President Dana White shot that idea down immediately. Once the UFC figured out its issues with the UFC 230 main event, announcing Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis for the heavyweight title, UFC 230 took another hit.

It was announced Poirier suffered a hip injury and would be forced off the card. Diaz, reluctant to take a replacement opponent, opted to pull from the event as well. Had he decided to fight, however, he would’ve had plenty of willing dance partners to step in.

One of those being 170-pound fighter Jorge Masvidal. During an interview on BJPenn.com Radio, “Gamebred” revealed that he really wanted to fight Diaz at Madison Square Garden (via MMA Mania):

“I really wanted that fight,” Masvidal said. “I think I would’ve matched up very well, I would’ve put the money on me. I’ve got a lot of respect for Nate and Nick.

“Mainly because of their will. They don’t have the biggest skill set in the game but they probably got some of the most heart in the game.”

Masvidal hasn’t fought in almost a year. His last outing was a unanimous decision loss to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The 33-year-old former street fighter is ready to get back into the Octagon now, however, and he’s looking for a ranked opponent.

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Douglas Lima Wants MVP Fight, But Says Paul Daley Is No Slouch

Douglas Lima wants to fight Michael Page in the next round of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, but he realizes that it may not happen. Lima has advanced to the next round in the tournament. He did so by choking out Andrey Koreshkov in their rubber…

Douglas Lima wants to fight Michael Page in the next round of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, but he realizes that it may not happen. Lima has advanced to the next round in the tournament. He did so by choking out Andrey Koreshkov in their rubber match. Lima is set to take on the winner […]

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Michael Bisping on Khabib: ‘He’d go the distance with Mayweather’ in a boxing match

Michael Bisping thinks that Khabib Nurmagomedov would last longer in a boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather than Conor McGregor did. Michael Bisping is an astute analyst of combat sports. That obviously comes from more than a decade spent …

Michael Bisping thinks that Khabib Nurmagomedov would last longer in a boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather than Conor McGregor did.

Michael Bisping is an astute analyst of combat sports. That obviously comes from more than a decade spent inside the cage, but he is quite good at picking apart the minutiae of matchups and is usually right more than he’s wrong when it comes to making predictions.

But on the most recent episode of his podcast, Believe You Me, he made a prediction that might he might not be in the majority on.

Bisping was discussing the highly unlikely but much talked-about possible boxing match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and legend Floyd Mayweather. Khabib called out Floyd last week, and the two have gone back and forth about it ever since. It’s likely all promotional bluster, but that’s what we said about Floyd vs. Conor McGregor at first too, right?

Anyway, Bisping believes that while Khabib isn’t as technically proficient as McGregor, he does have a great chin and a lot of stamina. So much so, in fact, that Bisping thinks Khabib could go twelve rounds with Floyd (transcript via MMANytt):

“I swear to god, Khabib would go the distance with Mayweather. He’d go the distance with Mayweather. I’m not saying Khabib is a better boxer than McGregor, he’s not a better striker, he’s not as elusive, he’s not as slick – but he’s got a f–king chin and he’s got cardio for days. And Mayweather, at his age, he was never a knockout guy even though he did have some knockouts. He knocked out England’s very own Ricky Hatton in devastating fashion, but I don’t see it.

“He couldn’t put McGregor down and that’s what Khabib’s saying — you couldn’t put McGregor down, I put McGregor down — but [Mayweather] put McGregor down through fatigue and that was his game plan. McGregor was very, very tired and he started eating shots, and in the end he couldn’t even fight back because he was so exhausted and kind of beat up so the referee stepped in. That wouldn’t happen against Khabib and Mayweather would probably embarrass him and light him up and pick him apart all night long, but Khabib would probably go twelve rounds. Conor wasn’t far away from going twelve rounds.”

Khabib dropped McGregor early in their UFC 229 matchup, before going on to defeat him via submission in the fourth round to retain his UFC lightweight title. Mayweather defeated McGregor via 10th-round TKO in their boxing match in 2016.

Both Khabib and McGregor are currently awaiting their possible punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission following their respective post-fight dust-ups. The commission is expected to make a decision on October 24th.

Greg Hardy Set For Next Pro Fight Before Year’s End

Former NFL player Greg Hardy may be on a fast track for the UFC roster, but he will have at least one more fight before making his official Octagon debut. Hardy, 3-0, will compete in a heavyweight bout against a yet-to-be-determined opponent under the Island Fights banner on Dec. 21 in Pensacola, Fla. ESPN first […]

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Former NFL player Greg Hardy may be on a fast track for the UFC roster, but he will have at least one more fight before making his official Octagon debut.

Hardy, 3-0, will compete in a heavyweight bout against a yet-to-be-determined opponent under the Island Fights banner on Dec. 21 in Pensacola, Fla. ESPN first broke the story.

The venue is also yet to be determined. However, official announcements are expected to come in the near future.

The former All-Pro has been downright impressive during his short time in the cage. Hardy competed on ‘Dana White’s Tuesday Contender Series’ over the summer and scored a brutal 57-second KO. He followed that performance up a few weeks later with a 17-second knock out on the same show.

Hardy just recently fought at Xtreme Fight Night 352 in September. There, he won via 53-second knockout over Rasheem Jones.

Although very impressed by Hardy’s performances, UFC President Dana White feels the former footballer isn’t UFC caliber yet. Perhaps a fourth straight win in dominant fashion could earn Hardy his UFC contract.

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