Fans of the Singapore-based promotion ONE Championship have brought to Chatri Sityodtong’s attention the fact that this year there will not be any numbered events for ONE Championship.
Following the conclusion of ONE Fight Night 11 earlier this month, the Chairman and CEO of ONE provided some exciting news on the return of the numbered events in the second half of 2023, which will be added to the organization’s two already-established formats.
During an interview with The South China Morning Post, Sityodtong disclosed the following information:
It’s only a number. ” At this time, we are offering three different goods. The number, which is something that hasn’t been done by us in a couple of months. Our product that falls in the middle of our price range is called Fight Night. And then there’s ONE Friday Fights, which serves as a sort of stepping stone for those who want to make it all the way up to ONE Championship. They offer a fight night product in addition to a numbered product, which is very similar to what the UFC does, and these are their two primary offerings.
Numbered events have, of course, been a mainstay of ONE Championship over the course of its history. These events typically air back-to-back with the Amazon Prime Video cards that were introduced the previous year.
This year, however, the greatest martial arts organization in the world appears to have shelved the numbered cards in favor of its monthly spectacle known as ONE Friday Fights, which takes place at the illustrious Lumpinee Stadium.
At the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, in December of last year, ONE 164 was the final numbered card distributed as part of the campaign. Jarred Brooks is the new ONE strawweight world champion after unseating Joshua Pacio, who was competing in his home state and was considered a local hero.
The fact that the numbered cards are making a comeback is, in the meanwhile, excellent news for fight fans all around the world, since this indicates that the talented roster of the promotion will receive more exposure across a wider variety of combat sports.
Qatar and Japan, along with a number of other desirable destinations, are considered to be the frontrunners for it, despite the fact that a date and location have not yet been determined.