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, 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

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Rogerio Nogueira Headlines Next UFC Event in Brazil |

  • 27 days ago

UFC officials announced that Alexander Gustafsson and Rogerio Nogueira would headline UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo, adding a slew of other bouts to the card. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 95 draws announced sold-out attendance of 8,410 fans in Brasilia

  • 29 days ago

BRASILIA, Brazil – Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 event drew an announced attendance of 8,410 for the UFC’s second show in Brazil’s capital city.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Undercard Bouts Dominate Fighter Bonuses at UFC Brasilia |

  • 29 days ago

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the fighter bonuses stemming from UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg following Saturday's event in Brasilia, Brazil. read news >>

Six additional bouts announced for UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 19 in Sao Paulo

  • 29 days ago

BRASILIA, Brazil – After Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Alexander Gustafsson were announced as UFC Fight Night 100’s headliners, company executives confirmed six additional bouts for the promotion’s fi read news >>

Adweek: Why UFC's NYC debut is big deal

  • 28 days ago

With a global fan base, brand partners in Anheuser-Busch InBev and Harley-Davidson, and superstars like Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, there has been but one bump in the path of UFC's ascendancy: N read news >>

Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez Announced for UFC 205: Latest Details, Reaction

  • 27 days ago

Conor McGregor’s next fight will come against Eddie Alvarez on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York as part of UFC 205. UFC president Dana White confirmed the match will occur on Tuesday duri read news >>

Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero Announced for UFC 205: Latest Details, Reaction

  • 26 days ago

UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday morning that Chris Weidman and Yoel Romero will face off during the UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12. UFC vice president of public relations read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson in the Works for UFC 205 |

  • 26 days ago

A lightweight bout between top contender Khabib Nurmagomedov and Michael Johnson is in the works for the UFC 205 event on November 12 in New York City. read news >>

Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez: Top Takeaways from UFC 205 Press Conference

  • 26 days ago

One day after the UFC announced Conor McGregor will challenge Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in the main event of UFC 205, the two stars made their way to Madison Square Garden to discuss th read news >>

Marat Gafurov Rematches Narantungalag Jadambaa in Second 'ONE: Defending Honor' Title Fight |

  • 24 days ago

A second title match was announced on Thursday for ONE: Defending Honor with featherweight champion Marat Gafurov set to rematch Narantungalag Jadambaa. read news >>