The mixed martial arts series One Championship, announced its initial H1 2020 event schedule, with chief executive and chairman Chatri Sityodtong revealing plans to hold a minimum of 50 events next year.
Sityodtong said: “For the coming year, ONE Championship intends to hold a minimum of 50 events, including those from ONE Championship, ONE Hero Series, ONE Warrior Series, and ONE Esports.”
“In addition, if all goes according to plan, we hope to throw our first events in the United States, India, and Korea in 2020. While nothing is 100% confirmed yet for US and India, serious initial discussions have been underway. Also, with the success of ONE Hero Series China, we will now launch ONE Hero Series Philippines, our local league in the Philippines, in 2020 to widen our search for the next global martial arts superstar.”
The initial H1 2020 official schedule features at least two events a month, and includes the below, with more events to be added shortly, according to Sityodtong.
- January 10: Bangkok, Thailand
- January 31: Manila, Philippines
- February 7: Jakarta, Indonesia
- February 28: Singapore
- March 20: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- March 28: Chongqing, China
- 5 April: Tokyo, Japan
- April 24: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- May 15: Macau, China
- May 29: Manila, Philippines
- June 5: Jakarta, Indonesia
- June 19: Seoul, South Korea
This announcement follows One Championship’s One Century event in Tokyo, Japan last month, that recorded 85 million viewers worldwide across all platforms, according to data by Nielsen, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Sityodtong said in a press release: “China alone brought in over 10 million viewers on live terrestrial TV and digital platforms. Asia is the world’s largest media market in terms of eyeballs with over 3 billion viewers in the same 3-hour time zone.
“ONE Championship is broadcast on free-to-air TV and digital platforms every week in every major country in Asia. Even with the 85 million viewership number, we have barely scratched the surface of the full viewership potential in Asia. “