MMA organization One FC is already a established market leader in Asia and with a proven track record of performing shows in major arenas and stadiums. They have now announced big news for this year.The calendar will include twice as many events as last season. They have already confirmed new locations such as China, India, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Cambodia and Taiwan, and will return to Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Deals in India and China will become possible thanks to new major sponsors like Kawasaki, who joins Sony, Tune Talk, Energizer and the select group of investors, who are fiercely disputed by the Asian MMA franchises, including SFL, RUFF and Legend FC. The latter three organizations are struggling lately against more financial problems and legal issues.
One FC, which comes from Singapore, is also celebrating their ten-year deal with media giant FOX Sports Star. The channel also broadcasts the English football championship and the Olympics.
Another point in favor of One FC is that the Asian market is different from the U.S., and so the organization can work in partnership with other events like the Road FC and URCC.
To gain even more notoriety in the world, the franchise awaits an outcome between Renzo Gracie and the UFC to deal with Gracie and his squad. If the UFC can not schedule a fight for Gracie in those first months of the year, One FC hopes to hire the son of Robson Gracie. His first fight would be against Kazushi Sakuraba the Japanese legend.
The “Gracie Hunter” has already stated that he would return from his retirement in MMA for a new fight against Renzo. Sakuraba, who submitted Gracie with a kimura in Pride, remained active in the ring of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
All this movement is beginning to bother the UFC, that promises to intensify its activities in the Asian continent. It will be good for MMA fans and even better for the athletes, who now have more job options.
Check out the video of their first encounter in PRIDE: