ONE Championship has announced its full calendar for 2018 before even entering the final quarter of 2017.
With six events left in 2017, the Asian mixed martial arts promotion has 24 cards planned for the next year, including three trips to Shanghai, three events in Bangkok, and four fight cards in Manila.
“We are thrilled to announce our incredible 2018 calendar of events for ONE Championship,” ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated in a release. “We have 24 massive shows planned for all sports fans in Asia and will continue to showcase the absolute best in martial arts, delivered by our homegrown martial arts superheroes. 2018 is going to be an epic year of action and I can’t wait to get things started.”
The promotion already has three big fights planned for November. On Nov. 10, featherweight champion Martin Nguyen will move up to lightweight to challenge 155-pound champion Eduard Folayang. Two weeks later, ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren takes on Shinya Aoki in his retirement bout, while strawweight queen Angela Lee rematches Mei Yamaguchi in the main event.
Below is the complete 2018 calendar with dates and location.
Jan. 20 – Jakarta, Indonesia
Jan. 28 – Manila, Philippines
Feb. 24 – Yangon, Myanmar
March 9 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
March 24 – Bangkok, Thailand
April 20 – Manila, Philippines
May 12 – Jakarta, Indonesia
May 18 – Singapore
May 26 – Shanghai, China
June 8 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
June (exact date TBD) – Beijing, China
July 27 – Manila, Philippines
July (exact date TBD) – Seoul, South Korea
Aug. 11 – Bangkok, Thailand
Aug. 18 – Shanghai, China
Sept. 15 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sept. 22 – Jakarta, Indonesia
Sept. (exact date TBD) – Tokyo, Japan
Oct. 6 – Bangkok, Thailand
Nov. 16 – Manila, Philippines
Nov. 23 – Singapore
Dec. 8 – Jakarta, Indonesia
Dec. 15 – Shanghai, China
Dec. 22 – Bangkok, Thailand