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ONE Championship
IndustrySports Media
Founded2011 (2011)
Key people
Chatri Sityodtong (Chairman and CEO)
Saurabh 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]

ONE Championship (formerly known as ONE Fighting Championship or ONE FC) is a Singapore-based mixed martial arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing, and grappling promotion which was launched on 14 July 2011 by entrepreneur Chatri Sityodtong and former ESPN Star Sports senior executive Victor Cui.[2] ONE Championship broadcasts to over 1.7 billion potential viewers in 136 countries.[3] ONE Championship is backed by Sequoia Capital, GIC, Temasek Holdings, Iconiq Capital, Mission Holdings, and Greenoaks Capital.

According to several prominent media outlets such as Forbes,[4] ONE Championship is Asia's largest global sports media property,[5][6][7] as well as the world's largest martial arts organization.[8][9][10][11] Notable fighters on the roster include Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Nieky Holzken, Angela Lee, Aung La N Sang, Sage Northcutt, Martin Nguyen, Eduard Folayang, Giorgio Petrosyan, Yodsanklai Fairtex, Kevin Belingon, Bibiano Fernandes, Roger Gracie, Brandon Vera, Shinya Aoki, and Xiong Jing Nan.

The first ONE Championship event was held on 3 September 2011 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The promotion has since expanded across the Asian region.[12] ONE Championship has held 83 events to date with shows being held in Singapore, Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Taipei, Phnom Penh, Beijing, Guangzhou, Yangon, Changsha, Hefei, Macau and Bangkok. The organization plans to further expand into Seoul, Tokyo, and Vietnam in 2019.[13]

ONE Championship has a ten-year broadcast deal with Fox Sports Asia [14] (formerly known as ESPN Star Sports).



ONE Championship was launched as "ONE FC" at a press conference in Singapore on 14 July 2011. The ONE FC fighters unveiled at the press conference included Anuwat Kaewsamrit, Eduard Folayang, Yodsanan Sityodtong, Ole Laursen, Leandro Issa, Orono Wor Petchpun and Rolles Gracie.

Victor Cui stated that by the first event on September 3, ONE Championship would be in more than 500 million homes across Asia.[15]

The ONE Championship ethos[edit]

Founder, Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong had made his millions on Wall Street, but his lifelong passion was martial arts.[16] He believed that it was Asia's "cultural treasure", yet there was no Pan-Asian promotion to unite the continent.

He set about his vision with ONE to promote the sport of mixed martial arts in a different light to what he had encountered in the West, building his platform to showcase values such as humility, honor, and self-improvement.[17][18]

CEO International Victor Cui has stated that the purpose is to "build Asian heroes" in a sport that was not imported, like many of the other top-grossing sports properties.[19]

Inaugural event[edit]

The first show, ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion, took place at the 12,000 capacity[20] Singapore Indoor Stadium on 3 September 2011. The headline fight was initially scheduled to be Ole Laursen vs Eduard Folayang but Laursen suffered an injury in training and was replaced by A Sol Kwon.[21]

The card also featured a matchup between UFC veterans Phil Baroni and Yoshiyuki Yoshida as well as Gregor Gracie, Leandro Issa, Zorobabel Moreira and Vuyisile Colossa. Folayang suffered a broken nose but beat Kwon by unanimous decision in the main event and was awarded a $5,000 USD 'Performance of the Night' bonus.[22]

International expansion[edit]

ONE FC's first event of 2012 was ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes and it took place at the BritAma Arena on 11 February with Felipe Enomoto submitting Ole Laursen in the main event. During the course of the year the promotion moved into two more new countries with ONE Fighting Championship: Destiny of Warriors at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur on 23 June, ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation at Araneta Coliseum in Manila on 31 August as well as a second card in Singapore, ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Kings on 6 October.

Ten-year ESPN Star Sports partnership[edit]

On 30 January 2012 ONE FC held a press conference in Singapore to announce a ten-year media partnership with ESPN Star Sports which was described as the largest MMA media deal in Asian history. ONE FC events have since been broadcast, either live or on a delayed broadcast, on the ESPN and Star Sports channels.[23] After ESPN Asia was rebranded as Fox Sports Asia in 2014 ONE FC events would be shown across Asia on the Fox Sports channels.[24]

First female fight[edit]

On 31 March 2012 ONE FC held its first female fight with Nicole Chua submitting Jeet Toshi by submission at ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.[25]

Signing Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes[edit]

On 28 June 2012 it was announced that ONE FC had signed reigning Dream (mixed martial arts) champions Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes for long term deals with the organization [26] with the latter rejecting a rival offer from the UFC.[27]

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 fighters Shinya Aoki, Bibiano Fernandes and Melvin Manhoef.[28]

Appointment of Matt Hume[edit]

On 2 August 2012 ONE FC announced that Matt Hume, who was the rule director and official trainer to both PRIDE Fighting Championships and Dream (mixed martial arts), had been appointed as the Vice President of Operations and Competition. He had previously served as the head official for ONE FC.[29]

Introduction of ONE FC titles[edit]

On 6 October 2012 at ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Kings ONE FC titles were introduced for the first time. Kotetsu Boku became the organization's first ever lightweight champion after beating Zorobabel Moreira while Soo Chul Kim beat Leandro Issa to win the bantamweight belt. On 2 February 2013 Honorio Banario defeated Eric Kelly at ONE Fighting Championship: Return of Warriors to become the organization's inaugural featherweight champion.

On 14 March 2014 at ONE Fighting Championship: War of Nations Nobutatsu Suzuki beat Brock Larson to become the first ever ONE Championship welterweight champion. On 12 September Adriano Moraes beat Geje Eustaquio to become ONE FC's first ever flyweight champion and on 7 November Igor Svirid won the inaugural middleweight title after beating Leandro Ataides at ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of the Lions.

On 22 May 2015 Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke won the newly introduced strawweight title by beating Roy Doliguez at ONE Fighting Championship: Warrior's Quest and on December 11 Brandon Vera beat Paul Cheng at ONE Fighting Championship: Spirit of Champions to become the heavyweight champion.

On 16 May 2016 at ONE Fighting Championship: Ascent to Power the promotion crowned its first ever female champion with Angela Lee beating Mei Yamaguchi to win the women's strawweight belt. On the same night Roger Gracie beat Michal Pasternak to become the first ever cruiserweight champion.

Signing Ben Askren[edit]

On 9 December 2012 ONE FC announced the signing of undefeated Bellator welterweight champion, two time NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Champion and US Olympian Ben Askren. Askren had been widely expected to sign with the UFC but after a public falling out with Dana White he rejected an offer from the WSOF to sign a six-fight deal with ONE FC.[30]

Appointment of Rich Franklin[edit]

On 28 May 2014 it was announced that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin was appointed to the role of vice president.[31]

Further international expansion[edit]

After returning to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta and Manila in 2013 ONE FC put on shows in several new territories in 2014. On 11 July ONE Fighting Championship: War of Dragons took place at the Taipei Arena in Taipei, on 29 August ONE Fighting Championship: Reign of Champions took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai and on 12 September ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of the Kingdom took place at the Koh Pich Theatre in Phnom Penh.

2015 saw ONE FC head to Myanmar for the first time with ONE Fighting Championship: Kingdom of Warriors taking place at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon on 18 July and in 2016 the promotion put on its first ever show in Thailand with ONE Fighting Championship: Kingdom of Champions taking place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on 27 May.

In 2019 ONE are planning their first events in new territories, including Japan and South Korea.[32] The promotion's first event in Japan on March 31st, 2019, ONE: A New Era. It will feature three world title bouts: Eduard Folayang vs. Shinya Aoki, Xiong Jing Nan vs. Angela Lee, and Aung La N Sang vs. Ken Hasegawa. Also featured are former UFC champions Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez in their promotional debuts, as well as Yodsanklai Fairtex and Andy Souwer.[33]

With Japan being a focus for their expansion, Hideyuki Hata was signed as the President for ONE Championship Japan. [34]

In February 2019, Sityodtong announced that ONE Championship had appointed former NBA executive Meghan Jenkins as a Vice President International, who will be responsible for international expansion and growth of the organization.[1]

Ownership and finances[edit]

On 4 August 2014, according to Victor Cui, eight division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao had purchased an undisclosed number of shares in the company.[35] Pacquiao's name wasn't among the listed owners in October 2018.[36]

On 13 July 2016, ONE Championship received a significant investment from Heliconia Capital Management, a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund (DBS Bank, Singapore Airlines, CapitaLand, ST Engineering, Singtel, MediaCorp, PSA Corporation, Aetos Security Management, Certis CISCO, SMRT Corporation, etc.).[37][38][39]

In October 2018 ONE Championship announced that it had recently closed a $166 million Series D financing round.[40] According to Crunchbase, the company had a pre-money evaluation of $800 million prior to the investment, potentially bringing the total valuation to $966 million.[41]

Days after the series D financing round announcement it was reported, that based on financial statements filed with ACRA, Group One Holdings PTE LTD (ONE Championship) had been operating at a financial loss for at least the 3 previous years. Over the 2015-2017 period increased losses and annual revenue growth of almost 30% were also reported. Total accumulated losses were reported as having been 92.5 million Singapore dollars, or the equivalent of 67 million US dollars.[36]

CEO Chatri Sityodtong states that the long-term goal is to capitalize on broadcast and digital media deals with ONE as the organization's reach and footprint grows in both areas, and make the most of a "media rights war".[42]

“Whichever company is able to integrate content, community, and commerce into a single platform seamlessly will win the war."


Sponsors of ONE Championship have included companies such as Casio, Disney, Under Armour, Haier, NagaWorld, Tune Talk, Sony, LG, Facebook and Kawasaki.[43][44][45]


On 13 January 2015, the promotion announced it would be rebranded as ONE Championship.[46] According to Victor Cui, the name change was made mostly for linguistic and cultural reasons.[47]

Rich Franklin's ONE Warrior Series[edit]

In November 2017, it was announced that ONE VP Rich Franklin would head up a new reality series called ONE Warrior Series, that would see him travel Asia in search of the region's up and coming martial artists. The prize is a six-figure contract with the organization, based on performance, not victory.[48]

At the inaugural ONE Warrior Series Season Finale in Singapore on 31 March 2018, Rockie Bactol, Daesong Park and Woonkyum Kim earned contracts.[49]

Partnership with Global Citizen[edit]

At the start of 2018, ONE teamed up with nonprofit organization Global Citizen, whose aim is to eliminate global poverty by 2030.[50] Many ONE athletes have been involved in initiatives with them, including Eduard Folayang, Brandon Vera, Angela Lee, Aung La N Sang, Shannon Wiratchai, and Rika Ishige.[51]

ONE Super Series[edit]

On 12 February 2018, ONE Championship announced the establishment of ONE Super Series.[52] The first event that featured bouts under Muay Thai and kickboxing rules was ONE: Heroes of Honor in Manila on April 20, 2018.[53] The promotion signed notable names such as Giorgio Petrosyan, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao and Fabio Pinca to feature on the bill.

The promotion crowned their first ONE Super Series Muay Thai World Champion when Sam-A Gaiyanghadao defeated Sergio Wielzen with a fourth round stoppage in their flyweight bout at ONE: Unstoppable Dreams on 18 May 2018.[54]

The first female champion was Kai Ting Chuang, who defeated Yodcherry Sityodtong by unanimous decision to claim the ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Title at ONE: Battle for the Heavens.[55]

First boxing bout with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai[edit]

It was announced in July that WBC Super Flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai would make the next defense of his crown under the ONE Championship banner, in his home city of Bangkok, Thailand.[56]

This would be the first foray into the boxing world for ONE, who worked alongside Nakornloung Promotion to put the matchup together with Iran Diaz. It was a significant name for the promotion to add to their ONE: Kingdom of Heroes event on October 6, with Srisaket regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.[57]

The Thai was victorious via unanimous decision, with emphatic scores of 120-108, 119-109, 119-109.[58]

Attracting North American talent[edit]

In October 2018, ONE signed record-breaking UFC champion Demetrious Johnson to their flyweight division, and former UFC and Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez to the lightweight division.[59] In December, Sage Northcutt followed suit, with a view to making his promotional debut in February.[60]

Recognition by Association of Ringside Physicians[edit]

ONE has focused on implementing stringent protocols for the health and safety of the athletes on their roster. At the Association of Ringside Physicians Conference in Las Vegas in 2018, these efforts were recognized by leaders in the industry.[61]

Appointment of Miesha Tate[edit]

On November 8, 2018, Sityodtong announced that former UFC Women's Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate was appointed as a Vice President of ONE Championship.[62]

Introduction of ONE E-sports[edit]

In November 2018, ONE revealed that they would be heading into E-sports with partners Dentsu Inc., Razer and Singtel. [63]


ONE Championship uses the global MMA rule set. Knees to the head of a grounded opponent are also allowed in ONE Championship.


For mixed martial arts contests, non-championship bouts are three rounds of five minutes, with one minute breaks in between rounds. Championship bouts are five rounds of five minutes, with one minute breaks in between rounds.

ONE Super Series (kickboxing and Muay Thai) non-championship bouts are three rounds of three minutes, with one minute breaks in between rounds. Championship bouts are five rounds of three minutes, with one minute breaks in between rounds.


In the event that a bout goes the distance, it will go to a judges’ decision. The three judges will score the bout in its entirety, not round-by-round. Judges will utilize the following ONE judging criteria in descending order of importance to determine the winner of the bout:

  1. Near KO or Submission
  2. Damage (Internal, Accumulated, Superficial)
  3. Striking combinations and cage generalship (Ground control, Superior positioning)
  4. Earned takedowns or takedown defense
  5. Aggression


ONE Championship primarily uses a circular cage, with every event up until April 2018 utilizing this fighting platform. Since the inception of ONE Super Series, some events have used a five-roped ring. The first time it was introduced was at ONE: Heroes of Honor on April 20, 2018, and it has featured several times since. Most notably, ONE used the ring when WBC Super Flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defended his title against Iran Diaz in the promotion's first foray into boxing on October 6, 2018.

Weight divisions[edit]

ONE Championship currently uses ten different weight classes:[64]

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

Note that 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 tragic death of 21-year-old Chinese fighter, Yang Jian Bing (who was supposed to face Geje Eustaquio) on December 11, 2015, due to dehydration by weight-cutting in the Philippines.[65]

The promotion banned weight-cutting by dehydration in order to promote fighter safety.[66] Athletes are monitored in their training camps, and have urine specific gravity tests to ensure they are hydrated and healthy right up to three hours ahead of their bouts. Since the new measures took effect, there have been no further incidents.

Fighters such as former ONE champion Ben Askren have endorsed the change,[67] believing it is the best solution for long-term athlete health, and other industry insiders are also keen to see it rolled out worldwide.[68]

Rapid weight cutting by dehydration can cause decreased kidney function, heat illness, and even strokes, and in promotions where it is allowed, as many as 39% of fighters enter their contests dehydrated, compounding potential health risks.[69]

Television broadcast[edit]

ONE Championship is broadcast by domestic television channels in Asia including MNC International (2011-2013, returns in 2015-2017), SCTV (2018-now) and Indosiar (2013-2014) in Indonesia,[70] MediaCorp Channel 5 in Singapore,[71] ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ATC @ IBC 13 and GMA 7 in the Philippines,[72] MyTV in Cambodia,[73] Astro Arena, TV9[74] and RTM (2018-now)[75] in Malaysia. and Thairath TV in Thailand

In the American continent, live events of ONE are currently shown on Esporte Interativo and BandSports in Brazil, and The Fight Network in Canada.[76]

On 30 January 2012 it was announced that ONE 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.[14] ONE made its PPV debut at ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Kings via iN DEMAND, Avail-TVN, DirecTV and Dish.[77] ONE events air live on Fox Sports from August 2014 and continue to air on Star Sports in China and South Korea.

It also airs live on Setanta in Australia, Premier Sports, and Box Nation in the UK, Physique TV in the Middle East and Africa. Other TV channels around the world showing live ONE events include Fight Channel in Croatia, Fight Time in Russia, Fox Sports Africa, Setanta Ireland and in France.

From May 2018, events have been viewable on their ONE Super App, which offers every event live and free around the world.[78]

Viewership for ONE events has been consistently growing since their inception. In 2015, average viewership was under one million per live event, rising to 11 million by 2018.[79]

The promotion announced 25 million viewership across their television and online broadcast partners for ONE: Kingdom of Heroes in Bangkok, which included Twitter and Facebook live streams. The event was headlined by a WBC Super Flyweight World Title bout between Thailand's Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Mexico's Iran Diaz, ONE claimed the bout had a 58.5% TV ratings share in Thailand at its peak.[80]

On December 11, 2018 it was announced that ONE signed a three-year broadcast deal with Turner Sports that will bring 24 live events on TNT and other Turner digital platforms. Along with live events. Turner will also televise a ONE reality show along with additional shoulder programming.[81]


ONE has been nominated in the 'Promotion of the Year' category several times at the World MMA Awards, alongside the UFC, Bellator, Invicta FC and Strikeforce.[82]

In 2013 ONE won the award for 'Best Engagement Strategy for a Male Audience' from Marketing Magazine.[83]

In 2016, ONE won the 'Promotion of the Year' award at the Asian MMA Awards.[84]

In 2016, ONE won the 'Best Live Sports' category in the 21st annual Asian Television Awards (ATA).[85]

In 2017, ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong won the InfluentialBrands Top CEO Award at the 2017 CEO Asia Conference.[86]

In 2019, ONE won the award for '2018 Regional/International Promotion of the Year' from Combat Press.[87]

In 2019, ONE won the award for 'Story of the Year – ONE Championship creates ONE Super Series' from Combat Press.[88]

ONE Championship events[edit]

Scheduled events[edit]

# Event Date Venue Location
1 ONE Hero Series March March 25, 2019 TBA China Beijing, China
2 ONE Championship 93: A New Era March 31, 2019 Ryōgoku Kokugikan Japan Tokyo, Japan
3 ONE Championship 94: Roots Of Honor April 12, 2019 Mall of Asia Arena Philippines Pasay, Philippines

Production team[edit]

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 head referee is Yuji Shimada and referees are Olivier Coste, Kemp Cheng, and Atsushi Onari. The regular colour commentators for the television broadcast are Michael Schiavello[89] 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.[90]

Fighter salary[edit]

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 $50,000 USD per fight as well as a $50,000 USD win bonus.[91]

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 $50,000 USD 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: "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 which since ONE show has never been handed out ever again cause none of the fighters impress me. Extraordinary performance deserves extraordinary rewards. Ordinary performances deserve ordinary rewards."[92]

Current champions[edit]


Division Champion Since Defenses
Heavyweight Philippines Brandon Vera 11 December 2015 (ONE: Spirit of Champions) 2
Light Heavweight Myanmar Aung La Nsang 23 February 2018 (ONE: Quest for Gold) 0
Middleweight 30 June 2017 (ONE: Light of a Nation) 2
Welterweight Sweden Zebaztian Kadestam 17 November 2018 (ONE: Warrior's Dream) 1
Lightweight Philippines Eduard Folayang 23 November 2018 (ONE: Conquest of Champions) 0
Featherweight Australia Martin Nguyen 18 August 2017 (ONE: Quest for Greatness) 1
Bantamweight Philippines Kevin Belingon 9 November 2018 (ONE: Heart of the Lion) 0
Flyweight Brazil Adriano Moraes 25 January 2019 (ONE: Hero's Ascent) 0
Strawweight Japan Yosuke Saruta 19 January 2019 (ONE: Eternal Glory) 0
Muay Thai
Bantamweight Thailand Nong-O Gaiyanghadao February 16, 2019 (ONE: Clash Of Legends) 0
Flyweight Thailand Sam-A Gaiyanghadao May 18, 2018 (ONE: Unstoppable Dreams) 0


Division Champion Since Defenses
Strawweight China Jing Nan Xiong 20 January 2018 (ONE: Kings of Courage) 2
Atomweight Singapore Angela Lee 6 May 2016 (ONE: Ascent to Power) 3
Atomweight Thailand Stamp Fairtex October 6, 2018 (ONE: Kingdom Of Heroes) 0
Muay Thai
Atomweight Thailand Stamp Fairtex February 22, 2019 (ONE: Call To Greatness) 0

Tournament winners[edit]

ONE Grand Prix Champions

Division Champion Since
Bantamweight Japan Masakatsu Ueda May 31, 2013 (ONE FC: Rise to Power)

Malaysia GP Champions

Division Champion Since
Featherweight Malaysia A.J. Lias Mansor 15 November 2013 (ONE FC: Warrior Spirit)

Cambodia GP Champions

Division Champion Since
Featherweight Cambodia Samang Dun 12 September 2014 (ONE FC: Rise of the Kingdom)

China GP Champions

Division Champion Since
Featherweight (Beijing) China Li Kai Wen 19 December 2014 (ONE FC: Dynasty of Champions (Beijing))
Flyweight (Beijing) China Wei Bin Li 19 December 2014 (ONE FC: Dynasty of Champions (Beijing))
Featherweight (Guangzhou) China Huang Di Yuan 20 June 2015 (ONE: Dynasty of Champions (Guangzhou))
Flyweight (Guangzhou) China Wu Ze 20 June 2015 (ONE: Dynasty of Champions (Guangzhou))
Featherweight (Beijing) China Yang Sen 21 November 2015 (ONE FC: Dynasty of Champions (Beijing II))
Bantamweight (Changsha) China Ma Hao Bin January 23, 2016 (ONE: Dynasty of Champions (Changsha))
Flyweight (Hefei) China Huo You Xia Bu July 2, 2016 (ONE: Dynasty of Champions (Anhui))

Myanmar GP Champions

Division Champion Since
Featherweight Myanmar Tha Pyay Nyo 18 July 2015 (ONE: Kingdom of Warriors)
Lightweight Myanmar Thway Thit Aung 18 July 2015 (ONE: Kingdom of Warriors)
Featherweight Myanmar Phoe Thaw 7 October 2016 (ONE: State of Warriors)

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