ONE Championship continues to grow in a exponential pace, as the organization has just signed a three-year deal with sports broadcaster Turner Sports.
The partnership between the world’s largest martial arts organization and Turner Sports means fans in North America will be able to enjoy live events featuring superstars like Demetrious Johnson, Angela Lee, and Chan Rothana via Turner’s live sports streaming service B/R Live.
In addition to that, TNT will televise at least a dozen hour-long taped re-airs featuring ONE events per year.
“We are thrilled to partner with Turner Sports, a truly iconic industry leader of premium sports content, to bring authentic, world-class martial arts action to American fans,” said Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship. “
“As The Home Of Martial Arts, ONE Championship has a simple formula of values, heroes, and stories that have resonated deeply across the globe. We look forward to showcasing the greatest martial artists in the world.”
CTT leader Hun Chan Reach is positive
This means fans in the United States will have more opportunities to get to know the local Cambodian stars who have been finding success in ONE.
Cambodian Top Team leader and Secretary-General for Cambodian MMA Federation Hun Chan Reach sees a lot of potential for “The Kingdom Of Wonder” and the rest of Asia.
“With this TV deal, we Asians can show the world what real martial arts is, along with its values. It also gives each Asian nation a chance to showcase their country’s martial arts,” he explained.
“Cambodia can showcase Kun Khmer to the west, Thailand’s Muay Thai, Myanmar’s Lethwei, Chinese Sanda, and the list goes on.”
With the acquisition of mixed martial arts World Champions Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez, ONE has cemented its position as one of the world’s most prominent martial arts promotions and it is gaining a considerable amount of momentum walking into 2019.
B/R Live will air the Asian promotion’s first event on Saturday, 19 January with ONE: ETERNAL GLORY, and it will continue to cover 24 events throughout 2019.
“This is a huge deal,” Chan Reach said. “It’s huge for the sport and huge for Asia.”