Sep 6, 2017 Recia Lee
Written by Brendan Tan
After spending several years in the “mindless” world of Finance – as Chatri describes – it becomes increasingly clear that One Championship (‘One FC’) was founded in 2011 as a synthesis of his life experiences in Martial Arts and Finance.
Having signed deals with broadcasters that include Fox Sports Asia and AMC Live Group, One Championship holds claim to the title of the largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion in Asia, with a viewership of up to one billion homes.
Founded on the premise that Asia has been the home of the world’s martial arts for the last 5,000 years, the Asian-focused martial arts tournament has defied its nay-sayers who once questioned its financial profitability.
MMA has proven to be phenomenally popular in recent years. MMA is a full contact sport that is a synthesis of various martial arts; its practitioners hailing from various martial arts backgrounds which traditionally include Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu.
Indeed, the championship has grown from strength-to-strength over the last few years and has expanded internationally; in the past years, it has hosted competitions to sold-out stadiums in locations as far apart as Taipei, Dubai, Phnom Penh and Beijing.
Perhaps it’s base as an Asian-focused Martial Arts entertainment outfit is pivotal to its success. Asia is home to the largest percentage of the world’s youngest people, up to 750 million, who form an audience base attracted to the fast-pace, exciting and yet, technical nature of the sport which has been described as ‘human chess’.
It now incorporates a network of fight camps and promotions across Asia, such as Evolve MMA in Singapore, which has been described as ‘Asia’s top MMA gym’. Like the fighters in the competition who never give up under pressure, it seems that One FC will continue fighting to be the best and most premier martial arts competition in Asia.
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