The Philippines is one of the favorite host countries of ONE Championship, according to the promotion’s chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. By the end of 2018, Manila will have hosted four events of the promotion.
“It’s always big when we come to the Philippines,” Sityodtong stated. “We’ve put on big-time championship bouts, we’ve showcased legends on our events, and we’ve even introduced new avenues of martial arts like the ONE Super Series which we debuted back in April in Manila because we know that we’ll always get a warm reception from the fans there, and they’ve never let us down.”
The fourth and final event of the promotion in the Philippines this year is “ONE: Quest of Champions,” which will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila on November 23, 2018. The fight card has yet to be announced.
“This year, we’ll be holding twice as many cards in Manila, and moving forward, the Filipino martial arts fans can expect even more big names and even more exciting ONE Championship action,” Sityodtong added. “As I’ve said before, I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to what ONE Championship can achieve.”
In turn, the Filipino contingent at “ONE: Reign of Kings” repaid the unparalleled fan support by turning in a 4-0 clean sweep that saw Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang, Joshua Pacio and Rene Catalan all putting on impressive performances leading to dominant victories. Belingon was crowned the new ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion.
Drawing a huge crowd and pulling in an immense number of viewers in Manila is nothing new anymore, as back in 2017, ONE Championship made history by putting together the most-watched mixed martial arts event in the country. On April 21, 2017, Folayang, the then ONE Lightweight World Champion, successfully defended his title from top contender Ev Ting at “ONE: Kings of Destiny” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
“ONE: Kings of Destiny” became the most watched mixed martial arts show in the Philippines. It not only filled up the SM Mall of Asia Arena but also garnered a 26-percent peak ratings share that blasted the competitors’ television ratings out of the water.
“We broke all records with a 26 percent peak TV ratings share as per Nielsen,” Sityodtong said then. “Those numbers are massive. It means one in four Filipinos who were watching TV was watching ONE Championship.”
After making history in 2017, ONE Championship aims to make even more history in the Philippines in 2018 and in the years to come. One of the steps the company has taken is to double-up on the number of events to take place on Philippine soil.
From usually holding two cards a year, ONE Championship has already put on three momentous cards in Manila this year. There is one more on the way, which is likely to again feature some of the biggest names on the promotion’s roster.
Meanwhile, here is a “ONE: Reign of Kings” recap: