Singapore based mixed martial arts promotion ONE Championship has been branching out and offering a variety of combat sports competition for fight fans to choose from. If you like MMA they have that. Muay Thai? No problem. High level jiu jitsu? Of course.
The organization’s recent ramp up of jiu jitsu practitioners to the ONE roster has grown significantly.
ONE Championship founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong wants to take jiu-jitsu to the next level.
“I think that ONE is going to be the game-changing platform that brings jiu-jitsu to the mainstream globally, at the largest scale possible,” Sityodtong recently told Jiu-Jitsu Times. “So that jiu-jitsu athletes will not only have a bigger fanbase but also more sponsorship opportunities and bigger fight purses than ever seen before in history.”
Some of the names that ONE has signed in the past two years include 5x Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Mikey Musumeci, Danielle Kelly, Andre Galvao, Gordon Ryan, Garry Tonon, Marcus Bucheha Almeida, Michelle Nicolini, among others.
Musumeci will be taking on Masakazu Imanari at an upcoming ONE Championship event and the contest will consist of one-round, a twelve-minute super fight, under a submission-only ruleset with no points. Imanari is a leg-lock specialist who can present significant problems for the ONE Championship newcomer.
“At ONE, if I look at our competition department – which organizes all the matchmaking and signs all the athletes – they put on fights with a 70 percent finish rate, which is almost double that of the UFC and Bellator,” Sityodtong notes. “We try to do the most exciting matchups, and all our athletes – in MMA, in kickboxing, in jiu-jitsu – they’re all finishers. So, I don’t think Imanari versus Mikey is going to end with a decision.”
ONE Championship: Reloaded takes place April 22 in Singapore.
ONE: Eersel vs. Sadikovic Friday, 22 April 2022
ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship(C) Regian Eersel vs. Arian Sadikovic Lightweight: 155 LBS – 170 LBS
ONE Women’s Strawweight Muay Thai World ChampionshipSmilla Sundell vs. Jackie Buntan Strawweight: 115 LBS – 125 LBS
Mixed Martial Arts(1) Bokang Masunyane vs. (2) Jarred Brooks Strawweight: 115 LBS – 125 LBS
Muay ThaiLiam Harrison vs. Muangthai PK.Saenchai Bantamweight: 135 LBS – 145 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsMarcus “Buchecha” Almeida vs. Oumar “Reug Reug” Kane Heavyweight: 225 LBS – 265 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsNamiki Kawahara vs. Danial Williams Strawweight: 115 LBS – 125 LBS
Mixed Martial Arts(3) Yosuke Saruta vs. Gustavo Balart Strawweight: 115 LBS – 125 LBS
KickboxingAndre Stoica vs Giannis Stoforidis Light Heavyweight: 205 LBS – 225 LBS
Muay ThaiAnissa Meksen vs. Marie Ruumet Atomweight: 105 LBS – 115 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsWindson Ramos vs Woo Sung Hoon Flyweight: 125 LBS – 135 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsChen Rui vs Song Min Jong Bantamweight: 135 LBS – 145 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsAyaka Miura vs Dayane Souza Strawweight: 115 LBS – 125 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsAbraao Amorim vs Dae Sung Park Lightweight: 155 LBS – 170 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsAgilan Thani vs Jin Tae Ho Welterweight: 170 LBS – 185 LBS
Submission GrapplingMasakazu Imanari vs Mikey Musumeci Catchweight: 143 LBS
Mixed Martial ArtsKeanu Subba vs. James Yang Featherweight: 145 LBS – 155 LBS
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