ONE Championship has partnered with the Sports Authority of Thailand to further develop the sport of Muay Thai on a global scale. In a statement, the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong gave a glimpse of what martial arts fans can expect from the partnership.
“I am excited to announce a partnership with the Sports Authority of Thailand,” Chatri said. “Together, we will work towards developing the sport of Muay Thai not just in the country but also on a massive global scale. There is a lot of spectacular Muay Thai talent in Thailand. As an organization, we want to be able to give them the tools they need to be successful.”
“ONE Championship is also ready for another epic year of martial arts,” the ONE Championship chairman and CEO continued. “We have incredible plans over the next 12 months, starting right here in Bangkok. Our ONE Championship athletes are ready to showcase their incredible skills this Friday night.”
On January 6, 2020, the partnership between ONE Championship and the SAT was formally announced during the official kick-off “ONE: A New Tomorrow” press conference at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was attended by ONE Championship President of Thailand Jitinat Asdamongkol along with some Thai officials including Minister of Tourism and Sports secretary Khemmapol Auitayakul and Professional Sports Development and Boxing Department director Tanukiat Janchum.
ONE Championship will hold the “ONE: A New Tomorrow” fight night at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on January 10, 2020. There are six mixed martial arts matches, five Muay Thai contests and one kickboxing bout on the fight card.
Four athletes will represent Thailand at “ONE: A New Tomorrow.” They are ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, ONE Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex, Muangthai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym and Sangmanee Sathian MuayThai Gym, who were all present during the press conference.
Jonathan “The General” Haggerty, 22, of the United Kingdom and Victor “Leo” Pinto, 26, of France were present during the press conference, as well. The English fighter will challenge Rodtang in a rematch in the main event of “ONE: A New Tomorrow.”