ONE Championship is back
ONE is looking to ramp up their programming after a dormant period. The coronavirus global pandemic has resulted in most of the world grinding to a halt and ONE Championship’s operations were no different. The future of closed-door, audience free events seems like a slightly more clear one at this juncture though. On the heels of a couple ONE Hero Series installments in Shanghai, the promotion is targeting a tentpole caliber event a few weeks from now. Not only that but they’ve announced plans for a new programming platform as well.
ONE Championship’s founder/ CEO Chatri Sityodtong‘s social media statement reads as follows:
“BREAKING NEWS: ONE Championship is BACK! After a successful ONE Hero Series 13 and 14 in China last weekend, ONE Championship will now kick off our flagship event schedule with ONE: No Surrender on July 31 in Thailand! ONE: No Surrender will be a closed-door, audience-free stadium event for live global broadcast. We will also be holding 12 extra fights on that day for the newly-launched ONE Dark Series, a taped first-air product for our broadcast partners around the world.”
ONE Returns Big In July
The statement continues, “Stay tuned for more details! I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to our superstar team at ONE Championship for everything. The world is suffering from the worst global crisis in a hundred years. Most national borders across Asia remain closed. With zero visibility and weekly COVID-19 policy changes in every country, it has been impossible to plan anything. Thank you to the greatest team in the world for your heart and hustle. #gratitude #WeAreONE”
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) June 26, 2020
Though no official bout announcements have been rolled out for this card as of this juncture, this is still exciting news. What matchups would you like to see materialize on ONE: No Surrender when ONE Returns Big In July?
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