A championship will return to a major competition on July 31 with a show in Bangkok.
FILE – This Tuesday, July 30th, 2019, Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, Mitte, is showing as Reece McLaren ( right) from Australia and Danny Kingad (left) from the Philippines compete against each other during the media presentation for the ONE Championship Mixed Martial Arts fight on Friday entitled Dawn of Heroes in the suburb of Pasay south of Manila in the Philippines Chatri Sityodtong told The Associated Press on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, to take action this summer during this unprecedented public health crisis, but the promotion has not set a date or location for its first fights . (AP Photo / Bullit Marquez, File)
The Asia-based promotion for mixed martial arts confirmed their plan on Monday.
A championship has not held an event with its top athletes since the end of February after the coronavirus pandemic closed many public gatherings in home Singapore and across Asia.
Earlier this month, two second-rate kickboxing and minor MMA fighting events took place in Shanghai.
Earlier this month, at least 20% of the workforce was fired and eyebrows raised across the sports world by spelling out the announcement in a press release that trimmed $ 70 million in external investments into the campaign's tills.
Two Muay Thai championship matches and a kickboxing match have been confirmed for his return show, which will take place in Bangkok without fans. They did not immediately announce any MMA fights, but are planning to do so shortly.
One of these is the recent promotion to the gradual return to the martial arts competition, which, due to the relatively small number of essential people involved in a fight, is less likely to be less daunting for personal safety than most team sports.
These advantages are offset by the diffuse base of its competitors – especially in the One Promotion, which extends across Asia and includes several prominent fighters from around the world.
The UFC took just eight weeks off before returning on May 9 with a series of eight consecutive events, and the promotion will go to Abu Dhabi for four shows next week. Invicta will return with a show in Kansas on Thursday, while Combate Americas will hold three shows in a closed Miami television studio starting August 28. The Bellator promotion has not yet announced a date to return to the competition.
CEO Chatri Sityodtong told the AP last week that he hopes to host shows in China, Thailand, and Singapore this summer, and has coordinated with governments across Asia to bring his fighters to the events.
"Most of the national borders in Asia remain closed and this has created unique logistical and operational challenges," said Sityodtong. “However, our Superstar team at One Championship continues to work hard to provide fans with the authentic martial arts experiences they crave. Our athletes are ready to demonstrate their skills and tell their stories. "
The venue for his show in Bangkok has not been announced. A promotional set for Singapore on August 6 is also listed on the promotion website, but was not immediately confirmed.
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