August 18, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • ONE Championship agreed with Media Metropolis Qatar for a long-term partnership
  • The promotion had its first and solely stay occasion within the Center East again in August 2014
  • The partnership may see ONE Championship have one other occasion within the area someday quickly

ONE Championship has all the time prided itself in being Asia’s premier fight sports activities group, and the promotion is seeking to broaden its horizons in a brand new take care of Media Metropolis Qatar.

In a press launch despatched to the Worldwide Enterprise Occasions, ONE Championship and Media Metropolis Qatar signed a Memorandum of Understanding to “develop a strategic long-term partnership, collaborating within the manufacturing and improvement of a variety of world content material in Qatar throughout a number of media sectors, together with authentic programming, studio exhibits, and esports, that may strengthen Qatar’s rising media ecosystem.”

It additionally famous that Qatar can even be closely featured within the filming of the second season of the Netflix collection, “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Version.”

The settlement additionally takes under consideration that each side are speaking about the opportunity of them to co-produce stay sports activities programming.

At face worth, this opens up the door for ONE Championship’s greatest fighters and prospects to presumably combat in a stay occasion inside the nation someday quickly.

The Singapore-based outfit held its first and solely card within the Center East on August 29, 2014 with ONE: Reign of Champions on the World Commerce Centre in Dubai.

The cardboard was headlined by three title fights: Shinya Aoki’s profitable light-weight title protection in opposition to former UFC veteran Kamal Shalorus, Ben Askren’s enshrinement because the welterweight king versus Nobutatsu Suzuki, and Narantungalag Jadambaa’s conquest of Koji Oishi to seize the featherweight title.

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Combined martial arts’ love affair with the Center East has grow to be obvious in latest months, with the 2021 IMMAF World Championships being held on the Jiu-Jitsu Enviornment in Abu Dhabi within the final week of January 2022.

The Center East has additionally seen the rise of its personal homegrown promotions like BRAVE Fight Federation and UAE Warriors main the cost.

Of the 2 organizations, BRAVE CF has been probably the most energetic in rising the game of MMA and even hosted the grand, all-amateur staff match dubbed as “MMA Tremendous Cup” that occurred this previous March in Bahrain.

Taking all of the aforementioned issues into consideration, it could not be shocking to see ONE Championship maintain its second card inside the area as a part of the settlement which might additional broaden its market.

The expertise degree that ONE Championship has on its roster is much too deep to disregard, and having a stay present within the Center East may give the corporate a time within the highlight.

Shinya Aoki is among the best champions that ONE Championship has ever had in its 10-year historical past. Photograph: ONE Championship

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