ONE Championship President, Victor Cui, just released the organization’s 2017 schedule of events and its going to be their busiest year to date! Another interesting thing to note, is that ONE Championship will venture back to Bangkok, Thailand for 2 more shows.
Earlier this year, ONE put on an extremely successful show in Bangkok, which was thought to be impossible after the Thai Sports Ministry banned MMA in 2012. Thailand has come a long way in regards to accepting MMA. The sport has since been slowly introduced to Thailand through small organizations like ‘Dare’ and ‘Full Metal Dojo’. So, when ONE was slated to take place in Thailand, vocal critics were skeptical about a large organization pulling off a show in the land of smiles.
‘Pulling it off ‘ was exactly what they did! With Thai born ONE Strawweight Champion, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke headlining the card, ONE Championship filled the massive Impact Center in Bangkok on May 27th. The response to MMA was electrifying! In a country that was perceived to not understand MMA, there didn’t seem to be anyone confused or uninterested that night.
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke went on to lose his bout to undefeated Japanese fighter Yoshitaka Naito, but that didn’t seem to matter to the local crowd. Mainstream MMA had officially arrived in Thailand! Mission Accomplished.
Bangkok will host ONE Championship twice more in 2017. There will also be multiple shows in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila, Yangon and Jakarta. It seems like the promotion is rapidly growing and Asia is where it reigns.
For more information on ONE Championship, you can visit their website at: https://onefc.com