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ONE Championship goes ahead with events despite pandemic

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 24, 2020   /   07:47 pm
ONE Championship goes ahead with events despite pandemic Chatri Sityodtong (The Jakarta Post/Courtesy of ONE Championship)

One Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong said that despite the coronavirus outbreak, he and his team had decided go ahead with programs to satisfy MMA afficionados worldwide.

The first event to be held during the outbreak was ONE: King of the jungle on Feb. 28 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in a closed-door and audience-free format.

ONE has announced that it is gearing up to organize another four closed-door and audience-free events in Singapore — ONE: Hope on April 17 and ONE: Strength on April 24.

ONE: Dreams will be held on May 1, closely followed by ONE: Inspiration on May 8

Sityodtong has also announced that ONE Championship is nearly two months away from debuting the ONE Infinity Series, a special series of martial arts events featuring world champions, superbouts and global celebrities.

The first installment, ONE Infinity 1, is now scheduled for May 29 at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, the Philippines, and so far, three matches have been confirmed. ONE heavyweight world champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will defend his belt on home soil against Arjan “Singh” Bhullar.

Also, ONE lightweight world champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee puts his title on the line against Iuri Lapicus, and “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez faces Saygid "Dagi" Guseyn Arslanaliev in a lightweight bout.

Last but not least, ONE also plans to launch its new series The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition, with viewers around the world likely to be familiar with the “high-stakes game of mind, body and spirit for the greatest job in the world,” where 16 contestants from around the globe vie to become ‘The Apprentice’.

In this case, the winner receives a US$250,000 job offer to join ONE Championship and spend the next year working under Sityodtong as his protégé.

Although the COVID-19 situation has caused job losses across a multitude of industries, ONE Championship continues to recruit and open doors for individuals to seize golden opportunities.