ONE Championship made a massive announcement today (Thurs., July 16, 2015) with confirmation that six new shows have been booked in six different countries between now and the end of 2015. Asia's biggest combat sports promotion is returning to Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Manila and will also be heading to Shanghai and Macau for the first time.
Additionally, ONE Championship is promising further announcements in the coming weeks with additional shows likely to be added to the 2015 calendar. That means there will be at least six events taking place during the final four months of the year as the organization dramatically ramps up its schedule.
This Saturday night (July 18, 2015) there is an event in Yangon, Myanmar, headlined by a bantamweight title fight between Bibiano Fernandes and Toni Tauru, meaning that the ONE Championship schedule for the rest of the year currently looks like this:
ONE: "Kingdom of Warriors" on July 18 in Yangon, Myanmar
ONE: "Dynasty of Champions" on September 1 in Shanghai, China
ONE: "Odyssey of Champions" on September 27 in Jakarta, Indonesia
ONE: "Tigers of Asia" on October 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ONE: "Battle at the Gates" on November 7 in Macau, China
ONE: "Pride of Lions" on November 13 in Singapore
ONE: "Spirit of Champions" on December 11 in Manila, Philippines
According to the press release, there are more events in new countries across Asia in the works which will be announced shortly and ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui believes this is testament to the rapid progress his promotion is making.
"Early in 2015, we knew that this year would be another amazing year with exciting growth for ONE Championship as we continue to expand at an incredibly rapid pace, bringing our signature brand of world-class MMA action into more cities in Asia," Cui said.
"We will also return to our favorite cities in Asia -- Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Manila -- with even greater shows and blockbuster fight cards that will ignite stadiums and get fans screaming for more."
He also hailed the progress ONE Championship is making in China, where Beijing and Guangzhou have already hosted cards with the special administrative district of Macau and Shanghai, the most populous city in the country, set to follow.
"ONE has achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first major mixed martial arts organization to hold multiple events in mainland China," Cui continued. "China is the most populous country in the world and is rich in martial arts history and now fans in Shanghai and Macau can look forward to witnessing world class mixed martial arts that has already captivated fans from all around the world!"