ONE Championship

ONE Championship (formerly known as ONE Fighting Championship or ONE FC) is a Singapore-based mixed martial arts (MMA), Muay Thai, and kickboxing promotion which was founded on 14 July 2011 by entrepreneur Chatri Sityodtong and former ESPN Star Sports senior executive Victor Cui.[2] ONE is Asia's largest MMA promotion and is backed by Sequoia Capital, GIC, Temasek Holdings, Iconiq Capital, Mission Holdings, and Greenoaks Capital.[3][4][5]

ONE Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2021 in ONE Championship
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SportMixed martial arts
Founded14 July 2011; 9 years ago (14 July 2011)
CEOChatri Sityodtong (Chairman and CEO)
DirectorSaurabh Mittal (Vice Chairman)
Hua Fung Teh (Group President)
Victor Cui (CEO International)
Miesha Tate (VP)
Rich Franklin (VP)
Matt Hume (SVP of Competition)
Meghan Jenkins (VP International)[1]
HeadquartersDowntown Core, Singapore
Official website

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.[6] Notable athletes on the roster include Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Adriano Moraes, Christian Lee, Nieky Holzken, 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, Vitor Belfort and Ilias Ennahachi.


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

In various interviews, 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.[7] [8][9] Unlike western promotions, ONE's main goal was to promote "values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion".[10]

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.[11]

On 31 March 2012, ONE FC held its first female fight during War of the Lions at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.[12]

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

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.[15]

On 12 February 2018, ONE Championship announced the establishment of the "ONE Super Series", which would feature kickboxing and Muay Thai bouts.[16] The first event that featured bouts under Muay Thai and kickboxing rules was ONE: Heroes of Honor in Manila on 20 April 2018.[17] 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.[18] In ONE Super Series Muay Thai bouts, open-finger 4 oz gloves are used.[19]

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.[20] 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.

In November of the same year, ONE announced a partnership with Dentsu, Razer, and Singtel to launch a new esports series in 2019.[21]

On January 2019, ONE entered into a partnership with Shooto, according to which Shooto champions would be give a contract with ONE Championship.[22] They entered into a similar partnership with One Pride MMA in December 2020.[23]

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.[24]

In November 2020, ONE announced a partnership with Facebook to distribute ONE Championship content on Facebook Watch and IGTV.[25]


ONE Championship has been broadcast by RCTI (2015–2017), GTV (2012, repeat only for 2020–present), iNews (2015–2017, repeat only for 2020–present), Indosiar (delayed in 2013–2014), SCTV (delayed in 2018–present), Vidio (live in 2018–present), and NET. (repeat only in 2020–present) in Indonesia,[26] MediaCorp Channel 5 (temporarily) in Singapore,[27] ABS-CBN S+A/TV5/One Sports/LIGA Channel in the Philippines,[28] MyTV in Cambodia,[29] Astro Arena, TV9[30] and RTM[31] in Malaysia, Workpoint TV and Thairath TV in Thailand, TV Tokyo and AbemaTV in Japan.

On 30 January 2012 it was announced that ONE Championship signed a 10-year deal with ESPN Star Sports.[32] ONE made its PPV debut at ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Kings via iN DEMAND, Avail-TVN, DirecTV and Dish.[33]

Since May 2018, ONE events have been broadcast live and free on both their dedicated apps and YouTube channel in select locations.[34]

On 11 December 2018, ONE announced a three-year broadcast deal with Turner Sports, a division of WarnerMedia, in the United States that will bring live events to streaming service B/R Live and recap shows on TNT.[35][36]

On 19 September 2019, it was announced that sports streaming service FITE TV would broadcast the promotion's two-part, 100th numbered event, Century.[37]

Weight divisionsEdit

ONE Championship currently uses ten different weight classes:[38]

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.[39]

The promotion banned weight-cutting by dehydration in order to promote fighter safety.[40] 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,[41][42] as well as other stakeholders in the MMA industry.[43][44]


Scheduled eventsEdit

# Event Date Venue Location Attendance
10 ONE Championship: Dangal May 15, 2021 Singapore Indoor Stadium   Kallang, Singapore
11 ONE Championship: Empower May 28, 2021

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Production teamEdit

Entrepreneur Chatri Sityodtong is the CEO and Chairman of ONE Championship. ONE 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, ONE Championship announced that Rich Franklin had also taken on a role as vice president in ONE Championship. The referees include Olivier Coste, Yuji Shimada, and Kemp Cheng 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[45] 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.[46]

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.[47]

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."[48]



The rankings for the ONE's fighters are both recorded and updated when information has been obtained from the ONE's website.[49]


ONE Championship MMA Rankings
Rank Lightweight Featherweight Bantamweight Flyweight
C   Christian Lee   Thanh Le   Bibiano Fernandes   Adriano Moraes
1   Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev   Martin Nguyen   John Lineker   Demetrious Johnson
2   Iuri Lapicus   Christian Lee   Kevin Belingon   1   Danny Kingad
3   Timofey Nastyukhin   Garry Tonon   Yusup Saadulaev   1   Kairat Akhmetov
4   Shinya Aoki   Koyomi Matsushima   Fabricio Andrade   Yuya Wakamatsu
5   Ok Rae Yoon   Kim Jae Woong   Shoko Sato   3   Reece McLaren
Rank Strawweight Women's Strawweight Women's Atomweight
C   Joshua Pacio   Xiong Jing Nan   Angela Lee
1   Yosuke Saruta   Tiffany Teo   Denice Zamboanga
2   Yoshitaka Naito   Michelle Nicolini   Meng Bo
3   Bokang Masunyane   Angela Lee   Alyona Rassohyna
4   Hiroba Minowa   Ayaka Miura   Stamp Fairtex   1
5   Alex Silva   Maira Mazar   Mei Yamaguchi   1


ONE Championship Kickboxing Rankings
Rank Lightweight Featherweight Bantamweight
C   Regian Eersel   Vacant   Capitan Petchyindee Academy
1   Nieky Holzken   Giorgio Petrosyan   Alaverdi Ramazanov
2   Mustapha Haida   Superbon Banchamek   Nong-O Gaiyanghadao
3   Anthony Njokuani   Marat Grigorian   Hiroki Akimoto
4   John Wayne Parr   Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong   Zhang Chenglong
5   Islam Murtazaev   Tayfun Ozcan   Petchtanong Petchfergus
Rank Flyweight Strawweight Women's Atomweight
C   Ilias Ennahachi   Sam-A Gaiyanghadao   Janet Todd
1   Rodtang Jitmuangnon   Astemir Borsov   Stamp Fairtex
2   Superlek Kiatmuukao   Aslanbek Zikreev   Alma Juniku
3   Walter Gonçalves   Wang Junguang   Chuang Kai Ting
4   Wang Wenfeng   Rocky Ogden   Anne Line Hogstad
5   Panpayak Jitmuangnon   Josh Tonna   Ekaterina Vandaryeva

Muay ThaiEdit

ONE Championship Muay Thai Rankings
Rank Featherweight Bantamweight Flyweight
C   Phetmorakot Petchyindee Academy   Nong-O Gaiyanghadao   Rodtang Jitmuangnon
1   Jamal Yusupov   Saemapetch Fairtex   Superlek Kiatmuukao
2   Superbon Banchamek   Rodlek P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym   Jonathan Haggerty
3   Jo Nattawut   Kulabdam Sor Jor Piek-U-Thai   Panpayak Jitmuangnon
4   Samy Sana   Alaverdi Ramazanov   Elias Mahmoudi
5   Yodsanklai Fairtex   Bobo Sacko   Petchdam Petchyindee Academy
Rank Strawweight Women's Atomweight
C   Sam-A Gaiyanghadao   Allycia Hellen Rodrigues
1   Josh Tonna   Stamp Fairtex
2   Joseph Lasiri   Janet Todd
3   Rocky Ogden   Anne Line Hogstad
4   Darren Rolland   Alma Juniku
5   Andy Howson   Milagros Lopez

Current championsEdit

World ChampionsEdit


Division Champion Since Defenses Record
Heavyweight   Brandon Vera 11 December, 2015
(ONE: Spirit of Champions)
2 16–8–0 (1)
Light Heavyweight   Reinier De Ridder 28 April, 2021
(ONE on TNT 4)
0 14–0–0
Middleweight 30 October, 2020
(ONE: Inside the Matrix)
Welterweight   Kiamrian Abbasov 25 October, 2019
(ONE: Dawn of Valor)
1 23–4–0
Lightweight   Christian Lee 17 May, 2019
(ONE: Enter the Dragon)
2 15–3–0
Featherweight   Thanh Le 30 October, 2020
(ONE: Inside the Matrix)
0 12–2–0
Bantamweight   Bibiano Fernandes 31 March, 2019
(ONE: A New Era)
1 24–4–0
Flyweight   Adriano Moraes 25 January, 2019
(ONE: Hero's Ascent)
1 19–3–0
Strawweight   Joshua Pacio 12 April, 2019
(ONE: Roots of Honor)
2 17–3–0
Light Heavyweight   Roman Kryklia 16 November, 2019
(ONE: Age of Dragons)
1 45–7–0
Lightweight   Regian Eersel 17 May, 2019
(ONE: Enter the Dragon)
2 56–4–0
Bantamweight   Capitan Petchyindee Academy 22 January, 2021
(ONE: Unbreakable)
0 144–40–1
Flyweight   Ilias Ennahachi 16 August, 2019
(ONE: Dreams of Gold)
2 37–3–0
Strawweight   Sam-A Gaiyanghadao 6 December, 2019
(ONE: Mark of Greatness)
0 369–47–9
Muay Thai
Featherweight   Phetmorakot Petchyindee Academy 7 February, 2020
(ONE: Warrior’s Code)
2 163–34–2 (1)
Bantamweight   Nong-O Gaiyanghadao 16 February, 2019
(ONE: Clash of Legends)
4 262–54–1
Flyweight   Rodtang Jitmuangnon 2 August, 2019
(ONE: Dawn of Heroes)
3 263–42–10
Strawweight   Sam-A Gaiyanghadao 28 February, 2020
(ONE: King of the Jungle)
1 369–47–9


Division Champion Since Defenses Record
Strawweight   Xiong Jing Nan 20 January, 2018
(ONE: Kings of Courage)
4 15–2–0
Atomweight   Angela Lee 6 May, 2016
(ONE: Ascent to Power)
4 10–2–0
Atomweight   Janet Todd 28 February, 2020
(ONE: King of the Jungle)
0 36–11–0
Muay Thai
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)

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)

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