ONE Championship

ONE Championship (formerly ONE Fighting Championship) is a Singaporean combat sports promotion. Founded on 14 July 2011 by entrepreneur Chatri Sityodtong and former ESPN Star Sports senior executive Victor Cui,[2] its events have featured mixed martial arts (MMA), submission grappling, kickboxing and Muay Thai bouts.

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Founded14 July 2011; 10 years ago (14 July 2011)
Owner(s)Group One Holdings Pte. Ltd.
CEOChatri Sityodtong (Chairman and CEO)
DirectorSaurabh Mittal (Vice Chairman)
Hua Fung Teh (Group President)
Victor Cui (CEO International)
Rich Franklin (VP)
Matt Hume (SVP of Competition)
Headquarters3 Fraser Street, #14-24 Singapore 189352[1]

The promotion's first event was held on 3 September 2011 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium; they have since gone on to hold over 100 events across the Asian region.[3] It is Asia's largest MMA promotion company, having been backed by Singapore's GIC and Temasek Holdings, in addition to ICONIQ Capital, Mission Holdings, Sequoia Capital and Greenoaks Capital.[4][5][6] According to Nielsen, ONE is amongst the world's top 10 biggest sports media properties in terms of viewership and engagement.[7]

Some of its notable athletes on the roster include Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Adriano Moraes, Christian Lee, Nieky Holzken, Andy Souwer, Angela Lee, Aung La N Sang, Eduard Folayang, Giorgio Petrosyan, Roman Kryklia, Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Andrei Stoica, Bogdan Stoica, Ismael Londt, Regian Eersel, Yodsanklai Fairtex, Kevin Belingon, Bibiano Fernandes, Roger Gracie, Brandon Vera, Shinya Aoki, Xiong Jingnan, Alain Ngalani and Ilias Ennahachi.


Chatri Sityodtong, Founder, chairman and CEO of ONE Championship.

Chatri Sityodtong stated his reasons for founding ONE was that he believed that martial arts was Asia's "cultural treasure", yet there was no Pan-Asian promotion to unite the continent.[8][9][10] Unlike western promotions, ONE's main goal was to promote "values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion".[11]

On 26 October 2011, ONE announced the formation of the ONE FC network, an alliance of camps and promotions in the Asia and Oceania continents which enabled ONE to share fighters. The network includes kickboxing promotion GLORY, which allowed Dream 18 & Glory 4 Tokyo to feature ONE fighters Shinya Aoki, Bibiano Fernandes and Melvin Manhoef.[12]

On 31 March 2012, ONE FC held its first female fight during War of the Lions at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.[13]

On 13 January 2015, the promotion announced it would be changing its name to simply ONE Championship.[14] According to Victor Cui, the name change was made mostly for linguistic and cultural reasons.[15]

Submission grapplingEdit

In August 2016, ONE Championship announced a grappling tournament that followed IBJJF no-gi rules with Shinya Aoki, Angela Lee and Michelle Nicolini among the participants[16]

In May 2017, a "grappling super fight" with submission-only rules was held between Shinya Aoki and Garry Tonon in Singapore.[17] Shortly after, Eddie Bravo announced that he had been contacted by One to take part in a similar grappling super fight against Sakuraba[18]

In January 2018, another submission-only "grappling super fight" was held between Shinya Aoki and Marat Gafurov.[19]

In May 2021, ONE Championship announced that Gordon Ryan was due to debut in ONE Championship in a grappling match with Shinya Aoki to be held in August of that year.[20] The match was later postponed by Ryan due to health issues.

In February 2022, it was announced that Mei Yamaguchi would face Danielle Kelly and Reinier de Ridder would face André Galvão in a pair of grappling matches on March 26, 2022, in an event to celebrate the organization's tenth anniversary.[21][22]

ONE Warrior SeriesEdit

In November 2017, it was announced that ONE VP Rich Franklin would head up a competition called the ONE Warrior Series, searching for up-and-coming martial artists in Asia. The prize is a six-figure contract with the organization, with the winner determined based on their performance instead of victories.[23]

ONE Super SeriesEdit

On 12 February 2018, ONE Championship announced the establishment of the "ONE Super Series", which would feature kickboxing and Muay Thai bouts.[24] The first event that featured bouts under Muay Thai and kickboxing rules was ONE: Heroes of Honor in Manila on 20 April 2018.[25] The promotion signed notable names such as Giorgio Petrosyan, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao and Fabio Pinca to feature on the bill. Since the inception of ONE Super Series, some events have used a five-roped ring, instead of the ONE circular cage, which had been used exclusively up until 2018. The ONE Super Series kickboxing bouts adopt the oriental ruleset.[26] As of 2020, ONE Super Series kickboxing bouts use boxing gloves. In ONE Super Series Muay Thai bouts, open-finger 4 oz gloves are used.[27] The first ONE event to consist entirely of ONE Super Series contests was ONE Championship: Immortal Triumph in Ho Chi Minh City on 6 September 2019.[28]

First boxing matchEdit

In July 2018, WBC Super flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai would make the next defense of his belt at a ONE Championship event in his home city of Bangkok, Thailand.[29] In what would be their first boxing match to be promoted, ONE collaborated with Nakornloung Promotion to put the matchup together with Iran Diaz. The match would headline ONE Championship: Kingdom of Heroes on 6 October 2018.

ONE EsportsEdit

In November 2018, ONE announced a partnership with Dentsu, Razer, and Singtel to launch its new esports series in 2019.[30] ONE Esports was then officially introduced later that year with Carlos Alimurung as its CEO.[31][32]

Cross-promotional partnershipsEdit

In January 2019, ONE entered into a partnership with Shooto, according to which Shooto champions would be given a contract with ONE Championship.[33]

They entered into a similar partnership with Indonesian promotion One Pride MMA in December 2020.[34]

ONE InfinityEdit

On 13 February 2020, ONE announced the launch of the "Infinity" series, events consisting of at least three championship fights and a minimum of 12 world champions.[35]

Tinder partnershipEdit

In June 2021, ONE announced a new partnership with Tinder to matchmake gamers to each other.[36] The new partnership included a slew of content offerings, as well as new features on Tinder's app for esports and gaming fans.[37]


It has been broadcast by RCTI (2015–2017), GTV (2012, repeat only for 2020–2021), iNews (2015–2017, repeat only for 2020–present), Indosiar (delayed in 2013–2014), SCTV (delayed in 2018–2022), Vidio (live in 2018–present), Netverse (live in 2022–present) and NET. (2022–present) in Indonesia,[38] MediaCorp Channel 5 (temporarily) in Singapore,[39] ABS-CBN S+A/TV5/One Sports/LIGA Channel in the Philippines,[40] MyTV in Cambodia,[41] Astro Arena, TV9[42] and RTM[43] in Malaysia, Workpoint TV and Thairath TV in Thailand, TV Tokyo and AbemaTV in Japan.

On 30 January 2012, they signed a 10-year deal with ESPN Star Sports.[44] ONE made its PPV debut at ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Kings via iN DEMAND, Avail-TVN, DirecTV and Dish.[45]

Since May 2018, ONE events have been broadcast live and free on both their dedicated apps and YouTube channel in select locations.[46]

On 11 December 2018, ONE announced a three-year broadcast deal with Turner Sports in the United States that will bring live events to streaming service B/R Live and recap shows on TNT.[47][48]

On 23 March 2019 ONE announced it had signed a multi-year deal with Star Sports in India.[49] On 19 September 2019, it was announced that sports streaming service FITE TV would broadcast the promotion's two-part, 100th numbered event, Century.[50]

In November 2020, ONE announced a partnership with Facebook to distribute ONE Championship content on Facebook Watch and IGTV.[51]

On April 27, 2022, ONE announced a five-year distribution deal Amazon Prime Video, with Amazon to exclusively broadcast at least 12 events annually during prime time hours in the United States and Canada.[52][53]


Mixed martial artsEdit

ONE Championship uses the Global Martial Arts Rule Set, which "blends a combination of Best Practices from Asian and Non-Asian Rules".[54] Matches vary in maximum length, depending on whether it is for a championship title. In all fights, each round can be no longer than five minutes. Most fights have a maximum of three rounds, with one minute breaks in between, but championship matches have a max of five rounds.

Victory is attained by one of the following ways; knockout, submission, verbal tapout, technical knockout by referee stoppage, request for stoppage by cornerman, or by judges' decision.[54] Three judges score the bout in its entirety, not round-by-round, utilizing the following criteria in descending order of importance:[54]

  • Near Knockout or Submission
  • Damage (Internal, Accumulated, Superficial)
  • Striking combinations and cage generalship (Ground control, Superior positioning)
  • Earned takedowns or takedown defense
  • Aggression

Illegal targets for strikes are the groin, throat, trachea, and the back of the head, neck or spine. Stomps to the head of a grounded opponent, small joint manipulation, head butting, hair pulling, eye gouging, orifice insertion, spitting, and grabbing onto the cage fence are also illegal. Takedowns must not result in "spiking or pile driver[s] to the head or neck".[55] Soccer kicks to the head of a grounded opponent were previously legal in ONE, initially via an "open attack" rule, which required fighters to get permission from the referee to use them.[56] In September 2012, the company adopted the Pride Fighting Championships' rules on the technique, allowing fighters to use soccer kicks without asking for permission from the referee.[56] Soccer kicks were banned entirely in August 2016 as part of the company's worldwide expansion plans. Sityodtong stated that despite studies showing that soccer kicks are the same as a normal head kick to a standing opponent because you cannot generate any more pivotal force, the technique invites "bad publicity".[57]

Weight divisionsEdit

ONE Championship currently uses ten different weight classes:[58]

Weight class name Upper limit Gender
in pounds (lb) in kilograms (kg) in stone (st)
Atomweight 115 52.2 8.2 Female
Strawweight 125 56.7 8.9 Male / Female
Flyweight 135 61.2 9.6 Male / Female
Bantamweight 145 65.8 10.4 Male / Female
Featherweight 155 70.3 11.1 Male
Lightweight 170 77.1 12.1 Male
Welterweight 185 83.9 13.2 Male
Middleweight 205 93 14.6 Male
Light Heavyweight 225 102.1 16.1 Male
Heavyweight 265 120.2 18.9 Male

Unlike most MMA organizations, these weight limits are based on a competitor's "walking weight", rather than pre-fight weigh-ins.

The change took place after the death of 21-year-old Chinese fighter, Yang Jian Bing (who was supposed to face Geje Eustaquio) on 11 December 2015, due to dehydration by weight-cutting in the Philippines.[59]

The promotion banned weight-cutting by dehydration in order to promote fighter safety.[60] The promotion’s revised policy on weight mandated that athletes are monitored in their training camps, and have urine specific gravity tests to ensure they are hydrated up to three hours ahead of their bouts. Since the new measures took effect, there have been no further serious incidents.

The new system was well received by athletes in the organization,[61][62] as well as other stakeholders in the MMA industry.[63][64]


Scheduled eventsEdit

# Event Date Venue Location
1 One 158: Pacio vs. Brooks 3 June 2022 Singapore Indoor Stadium   Singapore

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Executive and production teamEdit

Its leadership and executive team are its chairman Chatri Sityodtong whilst the CEO of International is Victor Cui who used to be a senior executive at ESPN Star Sports. Matches are made by matchmaker and Vice President of Operations, Matt Hume.

In 2014, Rich Franklin became its vice president. The referees include Olivier Coste, Mohamad Sulaiman, Yuji Shimada, Kemp Cheng and Justin Brown for MMA matches, and Atsushi Onari and Elias Dolaptsis for ONE Super Series matches.

The regular colour commentators for the television broadcast are Michael Schiavello[65] and Mitch Chilson, although Josh Thomson, Jason Chambers, Bas Rutten and Renzo Gracie have appeared as guest commentators. Dominic Lau is the cage announcer. Nam En Ju, Siena, Lee Ji Na, Kim Ji Na, Chun Se Ra, Eun Ji Ye and Choi Ye Rok are ring girls.[66]

Fighter salaryEdit

Fighter salaries in Asia are not publicly disclosed, unlike in the US, so information about ONE FC's fighter purses is not in the public domain. However, in January 2014 Ben Askren revealed that he was being paid a minimum of US$50,000 per fight as well as a US$50,000 win bonus.[67]

A cash bonus known as the "ONE Warrior bonus" was introduced on 9 July 2014 and implemented for the first time at ONE Fighting Championship: War of Dragons on 11 July 2014.

An award of US$50,000 is given out at the end of certain events to the fighter who impresses the most in terms of:

  • thrilling the fans with exciting action;
  • demonstrating an incredible warrior spirit;
  • exhibiting amazing skill, and;
  • delivering a phenomenal finish.

Victor Cui stated that bonuses would be handed out on a discretionary basis: "For every event, the bar will be very, very high. If a few fighters impress me, then I will hand out the bonus to a few fighters. If no one impresses me, then no one will get it. Extraordinary performance deserves extraordinary rewards. Ordinary performances deserve ordinary rewards."[68]

The "ONE Warrior bonus" of $50,000 was re-introduced in January 2022, with a minimum of one bonus and a maximum of five bonuses awarded at each event.[69]



The rankings for the ONE's fighters are both recorded and updated when information has been obtained from the ONE's website.[70]

  • Last Updated: May 2, 2021
  •   – Not Previously Ranked


ONE Championship MMA Rankings
Rank Lightweight Featherweight Bantamweight Flyweight
C   Ok Rae Yoon   Thanh Le   John Lineker   Adriano Moraes
1   Christian Lee   Tang Kai   Bibiano Fernandes   Demetrious Johnson
2   Dagi Arslanaliev   Kim Jae Woong   Kwon Won Il   Kairat Akhmetov
3   Shinya Aoki   Martin Nguyen   Stephen Loman   Yuya Wakamatsu
4   Iuri Lapicus   Garry Tonon   Fabricio Andrade   Danny Kingad
5   Saygid Izagakhmaev   Yoshiki Nakahara   Kevin Belingon   Reece McLaren
Rank Strawweight Women's Strawweight Women's Atomweight
C   Joshua Pacio   Xiong Jing Nan   Angela Lee
1   Jarred Brooks   1   Tiffany Teo   Stamp Fairtex
2   Bokang Masunyane   1   Michelle Nicolini   Seo Hee Ham
3   Hiroba Minowa   1   Dayane Cardoso     Denice Zamboanga
4   Gustavo Balart     Ayaka Miura   Alyona Rassohyna
5   Yosuke Saruta   2   Angela Lee   2   Jihin Radzuan


ONE Championship Kickboxing Rankings
Rank Featherweight Bantamweight Flyweight
C   Superbon Singha Mawynn   Hiroki Akimoto   Ilias Ennahachi
1   Chingiz Allazov   Capitan Petchyindee   Rodtang Jitmuangnon
2   Marat Grigorian   Alaverdi Ramazanov   Superlek Kiatmuukao
3   Giorgio Petrosyan   Nong-O Gaiyanghadao   Walter Gonçalves
4   Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong   Petchtanong Petchfergus   Taiki Naito
5   Tayfun Özcan   Felipe Lobo   Wang Wenfeng

Muay ThaiEdit

ONE Championship Muay Thai Rankings
Rank Featherweight Bantamweight Flyweight Strawweight
C   Petchmorakot Petchyindee   Nong-O Gaiyanghadao   Rodtang Jitmuangnon   Joseph Lasiri
1   Jamal Yusupov   Saemapetch Fairtex   Superlek Kiatmuukao   1   Prajanchai P.K.Saenchai
2   Superbon Singha Mawynn   Rittewada Petchyindee   Jonathan Haggerty   1   Aslanbek Zikreev
3   Jimmy Vienot     Rodlek P.K.Saenchai   Panpayak Jitmuangnon   Josh Tonna
4   Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong   Alaverdi Ramazanov   Savvas Michael     Asahi Shinagawa
5   Tawanchai P.K.Saenchai     Liam Harrison   Walter Goncalves     Danial Williams

ONE Championship recordsEdit

Record Fighter Number
Youngest Fighter in ONE Debut   Supergirl Jarronsak 16 years, 9 months
Oldest Fighter in ONE Debut   Renzo Gracie 52 years, 4 months
Youngest Champion   Smilla Sundell 17 years, 5 months
Oldest Champion   Brandon Vera 38 years, 2 months
Longest reign as a Champion   Angela Lee 2212 days
Most championship reigns   Adriano Moraes 3
Most Bouts   Eduard Folayang 23
Most Wins   Christian Lee 15
Most Finishes 14
Most Knockouts 10
Most Submissions   Shinya Aoki 9
Most Decision Wins   Rodtang Jitmuangnon 9
Most wins in title bouts   Bibiano Fernandes 11
Most title bouts 13
Most consecutive title defenses   Bibiano Fernandes &
  Xiong Jing Nan
Longest winning streak   Rodtang Jitmuangnon 11
Fastest knockout   Timofey Nastyukhin &
  Capitan Petchyindee
Fastest submission   Marat Gafurov 0:41
Fastest Title Fight Knockout   Brandon Vera 0:26
Fastest Title Fight Submission   Marat Gafurov 0:41

Current championsEdit

World ChampionsEdit


Division Champion Since Defenses Record
Heavyweight   Arjan Bhullar 15 May 2021
(ONE: Dangal)
0 11–1–0
  Anatoly Malykhin (interim) 11 February 2022
(ONE: Bad Blood)
Light Heavyweight   Reinier De Ridder 28 April 2021
(ONE on TNT 4)
0 15–0–0
Middleweight 30 October 2020
(ONE: Inside the Matrix)
Welterweight   Kiamrian Abbasov 25 October 2019
(ONE: Dawn of Valor)
1 23–4–0
Lightweight   Ok Rae Yoon 24 September 2021
(ONE: Revolution)
0 16–3–0
Featherweight   Thanh Le 30 October 2020
(ONE: Inside the Matrix)
0 12–2–0
Bantamweight   John Lineker 11 March 2022
(ONE: Lights Out)
0 35–9–0
Flyweight   Adriano Moraes 25 January 2019
(ONE: Hero's Ascent)
2 20–3–0
Strawweight   Joshua Pacio 12 April 2019
(ONE: Roots of Honor)
3 20–3–0
Light Heavyweight   Roman Kryklia 16 November 2019
(ONE: Age of Dragons)
2 46–7–0
Lightweight   Regian Eersel 17 May 2019
(ONE: Enter the Dragon)
4 58–4–0
Featherweight   Superbon Singha Mawynn 15 October 2021
(ONE: First Strike)
1 113–34–0
Bantamweight   Hiroki Akimoto 26 March 2022
(ONE: X)
0 26–1–0
Flyweight   Ilias Ennahachi 16 August 2019
(ONE: Dreams of Gold)
2 37–3–0
Strawweight   Vacant N/A N/A N/A
Muay Thai
Featherweight   Petchmorakot Petchyindee 7 February 2020
(ONE: Warrior’s Code)
3 165–34–2 (1)
Bantamweight   Nong-O Gaiyanghadao 16 February 2019
(ONE: Clash of Legends)
5 263–54–1
Flyweight   Rodtang Jitmuangnon 2 August 2019
(ONE: Dawn of Heroes)
3 268–42–10
Strawweight   Joseph Lasiri 20 May 2022
(ONE 157)
0 43–12


Division Champion Since Defenses Record
Strawweight   Xiong Jing Nan 20 January 2018
(ONE: Kings of Courage)
6 17–2–0
Atomweight   Angela Lee 6 May 2016
(ONE: Ascent to Power)
5 11–2–0
Atomweight   Janet Todd 28 February 2020
(ONE: King of the Jungle)
0 36–11–0
Muay Thai
Strawweight   Smilla Sundell 22 April 2022
(ONE 156)
0 33–5–1
Atomweight   Allycia Hellen Rodrigues 28 August 2020
(ONE: A New Breed)
0 31–5–0

Tournament winnersEdit

ONE Grand Prix Champions

Division Champion Since
Bantamweight   Masakatsu Ueda 31 May 2013 (ONE FC: Rise to Power)
Flyweight   Demetrious Johnson 13 October 2019 (ONE: Century − Part 1)
Lightweight   Christian Lee 13 October 2019 (ONE: Century − Part 1)
  Giorgio Petrosyan 13 October 2019 (ONE: Century − Part 2)
  Chingiz Allazov 26 March 2022 (ONE: X)
Atomweight   Stamp Fairtex 3 December 2021 (ONE: Winter Warriors)

Muay Thai GP Champions

Division Champion Since
Bantamweight   Rodlek P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym 28 August 2020 (ONE: A New Breed)

Malaysia GP Champions

Division Champion Since
Featherweight   A.J. Lias Mansor 15 November 2013 (ONE FC: Warrior Spirit)

Cambodia GP Champions

Division Champion Since
Featherweight   Samang Dun 12 September 2014 (ONE FC: Rise of the Kingdom)

China GP Champions

Division Champion Since
Featherweight (Beijing)   Li Kai Wen 19 December 2014 (ONE FC: Dynasty of Champions (Beijing))
Flyweight (Beijing)   Wei Bin Li 19 December 2014 (ONE FC: Dynasty of Champions (Beijing))
Featherweight (Guangzhou)   Huang Di Yuan 20 June 2015 (ONE: Dynasty of Champions (Guangzhou))
Flyweight (Guangzhou)   Wu Ze 20 June 2015 (ONE: Dynasty of Champions (Guangzhou))
Featherweight (Beijing)   Yang Sen 21 November 2015 (ONE FC: Dynasty of Champions (Beijing II))
Bantamweight (Changsha)   Ma Hao Bin 23 January 2016 (ONE: Dynasty of Champions (Changsha))
Flyweight (Hefei)   Huo You Xia Bu 2 July 2016 (ONE: Dynasty of Champions (Anhui))

Myanmar GP Champions

Division Champion Since
Featherweight   Tha Pyay Nyo 18 July 2015 (ONE: Kingdom of Warriors)
Lightweight   Thway Thit Aung 18 July 2015 (ONE: Kingdom of Warriors)
Featherweight   Phoe Thaw 7 October 2016 (ONE: State of Warriors)

See alsoEdit



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