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Chatri Sityodtong discusses ONE Championship’s expansion plans and the search for Asian superstars

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While UFC recently announced its first Asian event of 2016, it is business as usual at ONE Championship with a card coming up in China this weekend. Hefei is the eighth city that the promotion has been to so far this year with the schedule set to be ramped up even further in the coming months.

ONE Championship founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong has taken a much more hands on role in recent months as the company starts to transition from putting on one or two events per month to holding weekly cards all across the continent.

He has several decades of experience in building and growing companies and has ambitious plans for ONE Championship.

“ONE Championship is a rocket ship with massive momentum and acceleration. Our internal plan is to ramp up to 52 events per year or a live event every weekend. I truly believe that ONE Championship will become mainstream and will be embraced by all of Asia. We will be woven into the fabric of Asian society and daily life.”

While Pride FC used to put on the biggest MMA shows on the planet it was aimed exclusively at the Japanese market. There’s never been a truly Pan Asian promotion before and Chatri believes this has been key to ONE Championship’s success.

“ONE Championship is in a unique and fortunate position. We do not really have competitors. No one else throws live events and live broadcasts on a pan-Asian basis.”

The UFC recently confirmed a card in Manila on October 15 which will be the promotion’s first and possibly only event in Asia. While it appears the company won’t be sold to Chinese investors after all Chatri believes Dana White and co still have ambitions in the east.

“I don’t think that UFC has given up on Asia. While ….View full article

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