08 May 2018 – Singapore: One of the next legs of recruiting for “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” Season 2 will take place on May 21, 2018 at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand. This has been confirmed by ONE Championship™ (ONE), the largest global sports media property in Asian history.
“Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” is a new travel series talent search which runs in 30-minute episodes. The show aims to discover new martial arts talent across Asia, providing promising young athletes with the platform to unleash their martial arts greatness.
As the show’s host, ONE Warrior Series CEO Rich Franklin travels across the Asian continent with Jonathan Fong, searching for talent while experiencing local cultures and testing their boundaries. Fong serves as Franklin’s co-host and the director of the show.
Deserving prospects are rewarded with a more than $100,000 worth contract with ONE Championship. Online registration to the ONE Warrior Series tryouts can be found here: www.onefc.com/ows/register
“In the second season of ‘Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series,’ Jonathan and I decided to not only hold tryouts but to also travel to local schools scouting any talent that stands out,” Franklin stated. “We will leave no stone unturned, as we will travel throughout Indonesia and Malaysia, stopping in Bali and Kota Kinabalu to name a couple. We will also stop in Labuan, Brunei, Phuket, Yangon and Baguio before we head back to South Korea, Japan and China in North Asia.”
“After recruiting a talented roster in our pilot season, Rich and I realized that not all the best martial artists necessarily come from the largest and busiest cities,” Fong said. “Many of them train in solace, free from the other pursuits to be able to chase their dreams with minimal distractions. There are gems literally scattered across Asia, and we intend to find them.”
“Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” Season 1 concluded earlier this year. ONE Championship contracts worth more than $100,000 were awarded to three prospects namely Rockie Bactol of the Philippines, and South Korean martial artists Woonkyum Kim and Daesong Park.
In addition, a fourth ONE Warrior Series entrant, Akihiro Fujisawa, was promoted straight into a ONE Championship contract during filming of the first season. He made his promotional debut at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” in Manila, Philippines on April 20, 2018 defeating Kaji Ebin via technical knockout, earning him the first tranche of the six-figure contract.
Watch episodes of “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” Season 1 here: