ONE Fighting Championship

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ONE Fighting Championship
Type Private
Industry Mixed martial arts event
Founded July 2011
Headquarters Kallang, Singapore
Key people Victor Cui, Chairman & CEO

ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) is a Singapore-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion which was officially launched on 14 July 2011.[1] It is widely recognized as the biggest MMA promotion in Asia[2][3][4] with notable fighters on the roster that include Shinya Aoki, Bibiano Fernandes, Ben Askren, Roger Gracie and Masakatsu Ueda.

About ONE Fighting Championship[edit]

ONE Fighting Championship is the biggest MMA organization in Asia.[2][3][4] The first show, ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion, took place at the 12,000 capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium on 3 September 2011 and featured Phil Baroni, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Gregor Gracie, and Eduard Folayang. Since then the Singapore based promotion has held sold out events in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila, Dubai and Singapore, and are set to stage their first event in Beijing, China, on October 31[5]. They also[6] secured a ten year TV deal with ESPN Star Sports[7] and signed well known fighters including Masakatsu Ueda, Renato Sobral, Andrei Arlovski, Roger Huerta and Tim Sylvia.

ONE FC CEO is Victor Cui who is formerly a senior executive at ESPN Star Sports, Vice President of Operations is Matt Hume and head referee is Yuji Shimada. The regular colour commentators for the ESPN Star Sports broadcast are Steve Dawson and Jason Chambers, although both Bas Rutten and Renzo Gracie have appeared as guest commentators, and the cage announcer is Lenne Hardt.

ONE FC CEO Victor Cui confirmed on 4 August that WBO World Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao had purchased an undisclosed number of shares in the company. Whilst it is understood to be only a minor sharehold, it is expected that this will create a massive impact for the promotion in the long term future.[8]


ONE Fighting Championship utilizes the Global MMA Rule Set that combines the PRIDE Rules with the Nevada Rules; allowing for soccer kicks and permitting the use of elbows,[9] stomp kicks to the body and legs but not to the head of a ground opponent. Knees are allowed at anytime during the fight, whether the opponent is standing or on the ground.

Television Broadcast[edit]

ONE Fighting Championship is broadcast by domestic television channels in Asia including MNC International and Indosiar in Indonesia,[10] MediaCorp Channel 5 in Singapore,[11] ATC @ IBC 13 in the Philippines,[12]MyTV in Cambodia,[13] and TV9 in Malaysia.[14]

In the American continent, live events of One FC are currently shown on TV Esporte Interativo and BandSports in Brazil, and The Fight Network in Canada.[15]

On 30 January 2012 it was announced that ONE Fighting Championship has signed a deal which would see it being broadcast by ESPN Star Sports for the next 10 years, the longest deal of its kind in the history of Asian MMA.[7] ONE FC made its PPV debut at ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Kings via iN DEMAND, Avail-TVN, DirecTV and Dish.[16] One FC events air live on Fox Sports 3 from August 2014 and previously on Star Sports due to re-branding except in China and South Korea where it maintains the Star Sports brand. The TV broadcast is across Asia and on Fox Sports in the Philippines with the online PPV on The online PPV can be viewed as a replay at no additional cost at anytime up to a week after the live event. Setanta Australia and on Premier Sports via Sky in the UK (Channel 428), currently shown as a tape delayed on the same day as the live event. Starting with One FC 19: Reign of Champions in Dubai on 29 August 2014, Physique TV based out of Dubai will show live coverage of all One FC global events in the Middle East and Africa (Mena) region. There are other TV networks around the world that are showing One FC contents as a replay or past events such as Fox Sports Africa, Setanta Ireland, (France) and many others.

ONE FC Network[edit]

On 26 October 2011 CEO Victor Cui announced the formation of the ONE FC network, an alliance of camps and promotions in the Asia and Oceania continents which includes DREAM, GLORY, URCC, Cage Fighting Championship, BRACE, ROAD Fighting Championship, Team Lakay Wushu, Tiger Muay Thai and MMA, Evolve Mixed Martial Arts, PAK MMA (Pakistan) and Fairtex Gym. Contracted fighters are allowed to compete for any promotion in the network which notably enabled GLORY Sports International presents Dream 18 & Glory 4 Tokyo ~ Special 2012 ~ New Year's Eve, to feature ONE FC fighters Shinya Aoki, Bibiano Fernandes and Melvin Manhoef.[17]

One Warrior Bonus[edit]

The One Warrior Bonus was implemented on 9 July 2014, with the One FC 18: War of Dragons in Taipei, Taiwan on 11 July 2014 being the first show to implement it. For every event, the award of US$50,000 to the fighter who impresses the most in terms of:

  1. thrilling the fans with exciting action,
  2. demonstrating an incredible warrior spirit,
  3. exhibiting amazing skill, and
  4. delivering a phenomenal finish.

Quote from Victor Cui: "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." What this really means is that this award will only be awarded to the one who deserves it based on the criteria mentioned above, and if no-one deserves it, then no reward. There is no cap on the number being handed out to the fighters, which can vary from one to above, with the possibility of a no reward in any given event.


In 2012 ONE FC was nominated for 'Promotion of the Year' at the World MMA Awards alongside the UFC, Bellator, Invicta FC and Strikeforce.[18]

In 2013 ONE FC won the award for 'Best Engagement Strategy for a Male Audience' from Marketing Magazine.[19]

Current champions[edit]

World Champions

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses Next Fight/Defense
Super Heavyweight Over 265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st) Vacant 0
Heavyweight 265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st) Vacant 0
Light Heavyweight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st) Vacant 0
Middleweight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st) Vacant 0
Welterweight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st) United States Ben Askren 29 August 2014 (ONE FC: Reign of Champions) 0
Lightweight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st) Japan Shinya Aoki 5 April 2013 (ONE FC: Kings and Champions) 1
Featherweight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st) Mongolia Jadamba Narantungalag 29 August 2014 (ONE FC: Reign of Champions) 0
Bantamweight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st) Brazil Bibiano Fernandes 18 October 2013 (ONE FC: Total Domination) 1
Flyweight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st) Brazil Adriano Moraes 12 september, 2014 (Rise of the Kingdom) 0

Malaysian National Champions

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses Next Fight/Defense
Featherweight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st) Malaysia A.J. Lias Mansor 15 November 2013 (ONE FC: Warrior Spirit) 0

Cambodia Grand Prix Champions

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses Next Fight/Defense
Featherweight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st) Cambodia Samang Dun 12 September 2014 (ONE FC: Rise of the Kingdom) 0

List of Events[edit]

# Event Title Date Arena Location Attendance Broadcast
24 ONE Fighting Championship: Warrior's Way 5 December 2014 Mall of Asia Arena Manila, Philippines
23 ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of the Lions 7 November 2014 Singapore Indoor Stadium Kallang, Singapore
22 ONE Fighting Championship: Dynasty of Champions 31 October 2014 Gymnasium of National Olympic Sports Centre Beijing, China
21 ONE Fighting Championship: Roar of the Tigers 17 October 2014 Putra Indoor Stadium Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
20 ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of the Kingdom 12 September 2014 Koh Pich Theatre Phnom Penh, Cambodia
19 ONE Fighting Championship: Reign of Champions 29 August 2014 Dubai World Trade Centre Dubai, UAE
18 ONE Fighting Championship: War of Dragons 11 July 2014 NTU Sports Center Taipei, Taiwan
17 ONE Fighting Championship: Era of Champions 14 June 2014 Mata Elang International Stadium Jakarta, Indonesia 8,125 STAR Sports
16 ONE Fighting Championship: Honor and Glory 30 May 2014 Singapore Indoor Stadium Kallang, Singapore 11,258 Star Sports
15 ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes 2 May 2014 SM Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City, Philippines 17,847 Star Sports
14 ONE Fighting Championship: War of Nations 14 March 2014 Stadium Negara Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 7,536 Star Sports
13 ONE Fighting Championship: Moment of Truth 6 December 2013 SM Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City, Philippines 16,398 ESPN Star Sports
12 ONE Fighting Championship: Warrior Spirit 15 November 2013 Putra Indoor Stadium Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 11,041 ESPN Star Sports
11 ONE Fighting Championship: Total Domination 18 October 2013 Singapore Indoor Stadium Kallang, Singapore 10,935 ESPN Star Sports
10 ONE Fighting Championship: Champions & Warriors 13 September 2013 Istora Senayan Jakarta, Indonesia 5,264 ESPN Star Sports
9 ONE Fighting Championship: Rise to Power 31 May 2013 SM Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City, Philippines 15,872 ESPN Star Sports, Fox Sports
8 ONE Fighting Championship: Kings and Champions 5 April 2013 Singapore Indoor Stadium Kallang, Singapore 10,017 ESPN Star Sports, Mediacorp, Fox Sports
7 ONE Fighting Championship: Return of Warriors 2 February 2013 Putra Indoor Stadium Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 9,376 Astro SuperSport, ESPN Star Sports
6 ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Kings 6 October 2012 Singapore Indoor Stadium Kallang, Singapore 9,232 ESPN Star Sports, Mediacorp
5 ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation 31 August 2012 Smart Araneta Coliseum Quezon City, Philippines 12,523 ESPN Star Sports
4 ONE Fighting Championship: Destiny of Warriors 23 June 2012 Stadium Negara Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 6,153 Astro SuperSport, ESPN Star Sports
3 ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions 31 March 2012 Singapore Indoor Stadium Kallang, Singapore 7,714 Mediacorp, ESPN Star Sports
2 ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes 11 February 2012 The BritAma Arena North Jakarta, Indonesia 4,371 MNC International, ESPN Star Sports
1 ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion 3 September 2011 Singapore Indoor Stadium Kallang, Singapore 6,789, ESPN Star Sports, Mediacorp

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "ONE Fighting Championship™ unveils CHAMPION versus CHAMPION". Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Mixed martial arts-ONE FC returning to Manila in May". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Asian MMA: Yasuhiro Urushitani vs. Shinichi Kojima Flyweight Title bout set for ONE FC in Jakarta". Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Aoki cruises to ONE FC lightweight title". Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  5. ^ "ONE FC to hold first event in China". Asia Sports Network. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "ONE FC CEO Victor Cui talks Hong Kong debut, UFC in Singapore, Fernandes vs. Aoki and more". Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  7. ^ a b "ONE FC Announces Asian TV Deal with ESPN". Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Manny Pacquiao buys into ONE FC
  9. ^ "ONE FC rules". Official ONE FC site. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  10. ^ "ONE FC LANDS INDONESIAN TELEVISION DEAL". Fighters Only. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  12. ^ "GMA signs partnership with Asian MMA promotion ONE FC". Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  13. ^ "MyTV to screen live ONE FC events". Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  14. ^ "ONE Fighting Championship Inks Official Partnership With Malaysia's TV9". Bernama. 
  15. ^ "ONE FC 9: Rise to Power LIVE on Fight Network Play-By-Play". Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Fight on, bro". Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "GLORY Joins ONE FC Network, Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes Set to Feature on NYE Card in Japan". Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  18. ^ "ONE FC and CEO Victor Cui are Finalists for World MMA Awards 2012". Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Young MMA organisation trumps industry stalwarts at Marketing Awards". Retrieved 12 October 2013.