Sports media property ONE Championship has partnered with Japanese internet TV station AbemaTV. Aside from covering more than 20 live ONE Championship events in 2018, the partnership will discover fresh young Japanese martial arts talents through the reality TV series called “Surrogacy Battles.”
“We are excited to showcase ONE Championship’s world-class content on our live sports channel,” AbemaTV executive producer Yuji Kitano said. He added that will be searching for the next ONE Championship superstar in Japan in “Surrogacy Battles” Season 2.
The program will run 12 1-hour episodes featuring young martial arts prospects no older than 22 years of age. The winner of the show will receive ¥3 million and a ONE Championship multi-bout contract amounting to over $100,000.
ONE Championship hosts not only mixed martial arts matches but also bouts across all styles of martial arts including Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Tae Kwon Do and Submission Grappling. It is home to some of the biggest names in martial arts, including Japanese superstars Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi and Koji “The Commander” Ando, among others.
“We hope to provide AbemaTV subscribers compelling and engaging high quality content on their mobiles and computers,” ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “We are thrilled to partner with the largest internet TV station in Japan.”
As of 2018, AbemaTV has become the largest internet television provider in Asia with over 28 million app downloads. Its content streams in Hi-Definition and links with Twitter to provide viewers an interactive platform.
AbemaTV offers a linear programming schedule and Video-on-Demand (VoD). It features a large variety of shows including news, drama, anime, family-friendly programs, music, radio, live sports and martial arts.
Meanwhile, watch a clip from the bout between Aoki and Garry Tonon at “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes” here: