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
“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,”
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.