Photo of Arnaud Lepont courtesy of ONE FC
Asian mixed martial arts (MMA) just got a big boost with the news that upstart promotions, ONE FC and GLORY, will share resources, as well as fighters, to stage even higher quality events in 2012 and beyond.
Nov. 29, 2012 -- Singapore: ONE Fighting ChampionshipTM (ONE FC) and GLORY Sports International (GSI) have agreed on a fighter exchange program. ONE FC and GSI have entered into a mutually beneficial exclusive partnership in Asia, signifying another turning point for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Asia.
Both internationally recognized organizations have agreed to fighter exchanges. It means that any GSI MMA fighter will automatically be eligible to compete exclusively in Asia on ONE FC and any ONE FC fighter will automatically be eligible to compete in GSI MMA events which are currently held under the DREAM brand in Japan. Fighter exchanges are expected to happen with immediate effect. The fighter exchange program also covers ONE FC Network of other affiliate association and gyms across Asia.
CEO of ONE Fighting ChampionshipTM Victor Cui stated, "It is an absolute pleasure to work with Glory Sports International. Our events will have even more exciting match-ups and the biggest winners are the fans of MMA around the world. ONE FC will continue to showcase the most exciting fights between the best fighters in Asia and having GSI as a partner will automatically create new opportunities for everyone involved and looking to associate with the fastest growing sport in the world."
CEO of GLORY Sports International Marcus Luer stated, "GLORY Sports International and ONE Fighting Championship will cooperate to develop the sport of MMA in Asia - GSI through its DREAM brand in Japan and ONE FC with its events throughout Asia. We feel it is a mutually beneficial partnership and look forward to working with the ONE FC team."
GLORY Sports International is presenting DREAM 18 & GLORY 4, a mega martial arts event in Tokyo on 31 December from the Saitama Super Arena. DREAM 18 will feature some of the top MMA fighters from Japan, Asia and around the world and GLORY 4 will be featuring the best heavyweight stand up fighters in the world in a 16-man single-elimination tournament. The two finalists will have to fight 4 times in the same night, something that never happened before. The winner will be crowned the GLORY Grand Slam Heavyweight Champion and takes home USD400,000 of a total prize money of USD600,000. DREAM18 will see the resurgence of the DREAM brand with 8 top level MMA fights.
ONE Fighting Championship hosts the best Asian MMA fighters and world champions on the largest media broadcast in Asia. Additionally, ONE FC will be announcing the date and country of its next events shortly.