ONE Championship Introduces Rankings System

ONE Championship has brought a little bit more clarity into the lives of MMA fans with today’s announcement that it has instituted an official rankings system for select divisions. MMA ranking systems are never perfect, but they do provide a form of structure for both fighters and fans. “It is with great excitement that I […]

ONE Championship has brought a little bit more clarity into the lives of MMA fans with today’s announcement that it has instituted an official rankings system for select divisions. MMA ranking systems are never perfect, but they do provide a form of structure for both fighters and fans.

“It is with great excitement that I announce the inaugural ONE Championship Official Rankings. The rankings will bring more clarity and transparency for our athletes as they chase their dreams for a world championship title. Fans can also follow their favorite athletes and their journeys more closely as they climb or fall in the rankings,” said ONE CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong.

The ranking system currently only takes in those divisions from lightweight down but in the press release sent out by the company it was stated that further divisions will be ranked in the future.

Alongside the rankings, ONE also released the names of the eighteen panelists who will determine the rankings after each event. These panelists are listed below.

Tom Taylor – BJPenn.com
Stewart Fulton – MMA in Japan
Nicolas Atkin – South China Morning Post
Ian Shutts – Lowkick MMA
Santino Honasan – ABS-CBN
JM Siasat – GMA Network
Manabu Takashima – MMA Planet
Yuji Kitano – Abema TV Japan
James Goyder – AsianMMA.com
Marcelo Alonso – Tatame Magazine
Sazali Abdul Aziz – Straits Times
Worapath Arunpakdee – Thairath TV
Poptorn Roongsamai – Champ Magazine
Wanlop Sawasdee – MGR Online
Adam Kayoom – Former Athlete
Ann Osman – Former Athlete
Rich Franklin – Former Athlete
Miesha Tate – Former Athlete

ONE Championship Official Rankings

Strawweight Mixed Martial Arts 
Champion: Joshua Pacio
1. Yosuke Saruta
2. Yoshitaka Naito
3. Rene Catalan
4. Alex Silva
5. Lito Adiwang

Strawweight Kickboxing 
World Champion: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao
1. Astemir Borsov 
2. Wang Junguang 
3. Rocky Ogden 
4. Josh Tonna 
5. Daren Rolland 

Strawweight Muay Thai
World Champion: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao
1. Josh Tonna 
2. Rocky Ogden 
3. Daren Rolland 
4. Andy Howson 
5. Rui Botelho 

Flyweight Mixed Martial Arts 
World Champion: Adriano Moraes
1. Demetrious Johnson
2. Danny Kingad
3. Kairat Akhmetov
4. Yuya Wakamatsu
5. Reece McLaren

Flyweight Kickboxing
World Champion: Ilias Ennahachi
1. Rodtang Jitmuangnon
2. Superlek Kiatmoo9
3. Walter Goncalves
4. Panpayak Jitmuangnon
5. Elias Mahmoudi 

Flyweight Muay Thai
World Champion: Rodtang Jitmuangnon
1. Panpayak Jitmuangnon 
2. Superlek Kiatmoo9 
3. Jonathan Haggerty 
4. Elias Mahmoudi 
5. Petchdam Petchyindee Academy

Bantamweight Mixed Martial Arts 
World Champion: Bibiano Fernandes
1. Kevin Belingon
2. Shoko Sato
3. Yusup Saadulaev
4. Shuya Kamikubo
5. Daichi Takenaka

Bantamweight Kickboxing
World Champion: Alaverdi Ramazanov 
1. Nong-O Gaiyanghadao 
2. Sangmanee Sathian MuayThai 
3. Zhang Chenglong 
4. Liam Harrison 
5. Rodlek P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym 

Bantamweight Muay Thai
World Champion: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao
1. Sangmanee Sathian MuayThai 
2. Bobo Sacko 
3. Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai 
4. Alaverdi Ramazanov 
5. Muangthai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym

Featherweight Mixed Martial Arts 
World Champion: Martin Nguyen
1. Christian Lee
2. Koyomi Matsushima
3. Thanh Le
4. Tetsuya Yamada 
5. Garry Tonon

Featherweight Kickboxing
World Champion: Vacant
1. Giorgio Petrosyan 
2. Superbon Banchamek
3. Tayfun Ozcan 
4. Samy Sana 
5. Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex

Featherweight Muay Thai
World Champion: Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy
1. Superbon Banchamek
2. Jamal Yusupov 
3. Jo Nattawut
4. Samy Sana 
5. Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex 

Lightweight Mixed Martial Arts 
World Champion: Christian Lee
1. Iuri Lapicus
2. Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev
3. Pieter Buist
4. Timofey Nastyukhin
5. Shinya Aoki

Lightweight Kickboxing
World Champion: Regian Eersel
1. Nieky Holzken
2. Mustapha Haida
3. Anthony Njokuani
4. Andy Souwer
5. Elliot Compton

Women’s Atomweight Mixed Martial Arts 
World Champion: Angela Lee
1. Denice Zamboanga
2. Meng Bo
3. Lin Heqin
4. Mei Yamaguchi
5. Gina Iniong

Women’s Atomweight Kickboxing 
World Champion: Janet Todd
1. Stamp Fairtex
2. Alma Juniku
3. Chuang Kai Ting
4. Anne Line Hogstad
5. Ekaterina Vandaryeva

Women’s Atomweight Muay Thai 
World Champion: Stamp Fairtex
1. Janet Todd 
2. Anne Line Hogstad 
3. Alma Juniku 
4. Ekaterina Vandaryeva 
5. Rudzma Abubakar 

Women’s Strawweight Mixed Martial Arts 
World Champion: Xiong Jing Nan
1. Tiffany Teo
2. Michelle Nicolini
3. Angela Lee
4. Ayaka Miura
5. Maira Mazar

ONE Championship Postpones All May Events

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to play havoc with MMA schedules with ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong announcing on Facebook today that all May events are to be indefinitely postponed. ONE had three events scheduled for May, starting with two Singapore shows on May 1 and 8 and ending with what was supposed to be the […]

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to play havoc with MMA schedules with ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong announcing on Facebook today that all May events are to be indefinitely postponed.

ONE had three events scheduled for May, starting with two Singapore shows on May 1 and 8 and ending with what was supposed to be the promotions first mega event of 2020 ONE: Infinity 1 on May 29 inside the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

BREAKING NEWS: All May events for ONE Championship will be postponed until further notice due to the recent COVID-19…

Posted by Chatri Sityodtong on Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sityodtong’s announcement comes as no great surprise, given that Singapore’s lockdown, which started on April 7 and which was due to end on May 4, has now been extended until June 1.

It will be interesting to see the plan ONE comes up with in terms of producing shows going forward. Even if ONE gets the green light to hold closed-door events in Singapore, overseas-based fighters flying into the “Lion City,” will almost certainly be required to undergo a period of self-isolation for 14 days.

Few fighters will relish the thought of spending two weeks confined to a hotel room, but it may be what is required to make fights happen. However, ONE may be looking at options outside of Singapore or could be waiting to see what type of restrictions will be placed on visitors come June 1 before they begin making concentrate plans.

Times like this calls for companies to think outside the box and the brains trust at ONE will no doubt be looking at doing whatever it takes to safely get events running again.

ONE Championship Postpone Upcoming Closed-Door Shows

ONE ChampionshipONE Championship has been forced to postpone its upcoming closed-door shows following the Singapore Government’s decision to enforce a lock-down on all non-essential services. ONE was gearing up to hold four audience-free shows starting on Friday, April 17. ONE CEO, Chatri Sityodtong, made the announcement today via social media. ONE is now set to return […]

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ONE Championship has been forced to postpone its upcoming closed-door shows following the Singapore Government’s decision to enforce a lock-down on all non-essential services. ONE was gearing up to hold four audience-free shows starting on Friday, April 17.

ONE CEO, Chatri Sityodtong, made the announcement today via social media.

BREAKING NEWS: Unfortunately, ONE Championship will have to postpone its closed-door, audience-free events for April due…

Posted by Chatri Sityodtong on Sunday, April 5, 2020

ONE is now set to return to action on May 29 when it stages ONE: Infinity 1, inside the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.However, this event may also find itself undergoing changes as the Philippines has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals in Metro Manila are currently at capacity due to an influx of patients with COVID-19.

Fans will want to keep a close on further announcements in regards to ONE: Infinity 1.

PFL Set To Delay Start Of 2020 Season

PFL’s CEO, Peter Murray, released a media statement today regarding the promotions upcoming 2020 season, which was set to begin Thursday, May 21, but has now been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The full statement reads as follows: “The Professional Fighters League is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 global crisis closely and assessing its […]

PFL’s CEO, Peter Murray, released a media statement today regarding the promotions upcoming 2020 season, which was set to begin Thursday, May 21, but has now been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The full statement reads as follows:

“The Professional Fighters League is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 global crisis closely and assessing its impact on the PFL 2020 Season.
The health and safety of our fighters, fans, partners, and league personnel remain our top priority.

“In light of this unprecedented pandemic, we are adjusting our plan for the rest of this year and look forward to starting our next season as soon as it is feasible. We are committed to continuing to evolve and grow the sport of MMA.”

The delay will come as no great surprise to MMA fans, but it will be interesting to see how the PFL juggles its schedule, given that it operates in a league format.

The original schedule that the company was working to was that the regular season would take place in May, June, July, and August. Each fighter would compete twice with the top eight in each weight division advancing to the knockout stage. The playoffs would be then be held in October and the finals on New Year’s Eve.

How the company restructures its upcoming season will depend on when exactly it is given the green light to proceed.

Evolve MMA Set To Live Stream Classes For Free

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at martial arts but were unable to take a class for whatever reason, you might want to head over to Evolve MMA’s Facebook and YouTube pages. The Singapore based gym, founded by ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, will be live-streaming classes each day from 9 […]

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at martial arts but were unable to take a class for whatever reason, you might want to head over to Evolve MMA’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

The Singapore based gym, founded by ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, will be live-streaming classes each day from 9 AM to 9:15 PM (SG time), and they won’t cost you a cent.

Evolve is one of the top martial art gyms in South East Asia but has been forced to close its doors until May 1, due to new regulations brought in by the Singaporean government to help curb the spread of the Covid-19. Sityodtong is not a man who can ever be accused of lacking creativity or drive, so today’s announcement, which he broke on his Facebook page, provides another example of his out the box thinking.

BREAKING NEWS: Evolve MMA launches free daily livestream classes with our World Champions, starting tonight! The best…

Posted by Chatri Sityodtong on Sunday, March 29, 2020

While it is not hard to locate online training videos, the live streaming of these classes, followed by an interactive Q&A, will hopefully help create a sense of community for people currently in isolation, and who may be feeling cut off from the outside world.

BRAVE CF Launches Covid-19 Awareness Campaign

The coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the world has left the vast majority of MMA promotions in a limbo-land of postponed events, clouded futures, and financial stress. However, rather than simply sitting on the sidelines waiting until a measure of stability returns to the industry, BRAVE CF has rolled up its sleeves to help raise awareness […]

The coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the world has left the vast majority of MMA promotions in a limbo-land of postponed events, clouded futures, and financial stress.

However, rather than simply sitting on the sidelines waiting until a measure of stability returns to the industry, BRAVE CF has rolled up its sleeves to help raise awareness on ways to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Last week the Bahrain-based MMA promotion launched its own educational awareness campaign, which it has called #BRAVECombatsCovid19, to help in the battle against the virus.

BRAVE has drafted in many of its most well-known athletes to help with the campaign. The UK’s Carl “The Bomber” Booth “recently posted a message on social media where he spoke directly to fans about his postponed bout as well as what people should do to keep safe during this outbreak.

The company’s graphics team has also been busy creating images and videos to help get the word out. One example is the clip below, which highlights the need for people to avoid shaking hands with one another at this present time.

Avoid Shaking Hands.

Beat Covid-19. Avoid shaking hands.#BRAVECombatsCovid19 #UnitedWeFighter ……#coronavirus #pandemic #awareness #campaign #comingtogether #jointhemovement #raiseawareness #support #mma #mmalife #thursday #thursdaymotivation #fight #contagion #together #onefamily

Posted by BRAVE Combat Federation on Thursday, March 26, 2020

Hopefully, BRAVE’s campaign will inspire other promotions to also help out in the fight against COVID-19, because when it comes to something as global reaching as a pandemic, every bit of help counts.