One FC Partners with 17 Asian Gyms, Orgs; Dream Deal in Works


Officials from the Singapore-based One Fighting Championship announced Wednesday the formation of the One Asia Partnership Network, a group of 18 gyms and MMA promotions from across the Asia-Pacific region.

One FC has inked “mutually exclusive partnerships” with a number of the region’s top organizations, according to an official release, including the Philippines’ Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), Australia’s Cage Fighting Championship and South Korea’s Road Fighting Championship. Gyms joining the group include Tiger Muay Thai of Thailand, Evolve MMA of Singapore and Team Lakay Wushu of the Philippines.

“Our goal is to unify Asian MMA and to build the sport that we all love dearly,” stated One FC CEO and Owner Victor Cui. “These strong partnerships will help to accelerate the development of Asian fighters and the sport of MMA in the region. ... If you are a One FC fighter, you will automatically be able to compete in the biggest MMA events across Asia within the One FC network. If you are a sponsor, you will be able to leverage target your sponsorship dollars across multiple platforms.”

Specific terms of the partnership were not immediately available. An additional 23 organizations reportedly remain in discussions to join the group, including one major player. Speaking with Sherdog.com, Cui revealed that the network could soon count leading Japanese promotion Dream among its members.

“If a deal is made between Dream and One FC, we would help each other’s promotions on a variety of levels. The key is leverage, economies of scope and economies of scale,” Cui said. “It would include everything involved in running a world-class show: capital, fighters, media, marketing, etc.”

In total, the various parties of the One Asia Partnership Network plan to stage 35 events in 2012. Asked if one such event could land in Japan, Cui indicated that it would depend on the result of the ongoing negotiations with Dream.

“Business in Asia is about partnerships and friendships. One FC would not hold a show in Japan without cooperation with Dream,” said Cui.

One FC itself has already targeted three dates for the new year: Feb. 11 at Kelapa Gading Sports Mall in Jakarta, Indonesia; March 31 at Singapore Indoor Stadium; and April 27 at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 19 days ago
  • 4 views

ONE Fighting Championship on Thursday announced that all but one mixed martial artist competing at Friday's event have made weight and are ready for ONE FC: Reign of Champions. read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 0 views

ONE Fighting Championship announced Thursday that all but one of the fighters have made weight and are ready for Friday's ONE FC: Rise of the Kingdom. read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 views

One Fighting Championship has announced three bouts for its “Roar of Tigers” event on Oct. 17. read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 views

The first ever One Fighting Championship flyweight champion will be crowned Friday and the two men who will be contesting it, Adriano Moraes and Geje Eustaquio, both made weight at 125 pounds. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

One Fighting Championship continues to bolster its roster, as the Singapore-based promotion announced that it has signed Roger Gracie to a multi-bout deal. read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 17 views

MMA Fighting has the One FC 20 results for the Rise of the Kingdom event at the Koh Pich Theatre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Friday.In the main event, Adriano Moraes and Geje Eustaquio will square off read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 20 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veterans Mike Ricci and George Sotiropoulos -- who both cut their teeth on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) -- went to war in the main event of Titan FC 29 last Friday read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 18 views

Ready to fight for the One FC welterweight championship, Ben Askren doesn’t think 170-pound champion Nobutatsu Suzuki is on his level. Askren, a former Bellator welterweight kingpin, earned a shot at read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 20 views

All three championship fights are official for tomorrow's big shebang. All but one mixed martial artist (MMA) fighter competing tomorrow made weight for the ONE FC 19: "Reign of Champions" pay-per-vi read news >>