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4 ONE Championship events to be held in Singapore amid coronavirus pandemic

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ONE Championship is defying the odds to bring fans four Singapore shows in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still seemingly gaining strength, global quarantines and numerous sports cancellations. Here is the list of the shows featuring mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing bouts:

  • “ONE: Hope” on April 17, 2020
  • “ONE: Strength” on April 24, 2020
  • “ONE: Dreams” on May 1, 2020
  • “ONE: Inspiration” on May 8, 2020

ONE Championship will hold these four events behind closed doors but they will be livestreamed to be accessed for free by a global audience. The respective fight cards have yet to be announced.

On February 28, 2020, ONE Championship successfully experimented with behind-closed-doors fights by holding “ONE: King of the Jungle” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore when the coronavirus was just beginning to raise major concerns. Most sports organizations like Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the English Premier League stopped action altogether as the harsh reality of the pandemic began to hit home.

Conversely, ONE Championship found a way to see more action and provide martial arts fans something to look forward to during these bleak times as “ONE: ‘King of the Jungle” took place in its new no-live-audience format. Although no one knew quite what to expect that night, the result was an absolute sizzler that saw Janet “JT” Todd, 34, of the United States wrench the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Title away from young superstar Stamp Fairtex, 22, of Thailand in the main event.

Knocking out Ayaka Miura, 29, of Japan, Tiffany “No Chill” Teo, 30, of Singapore was one of the hometown winners at “ONE: King of the Jungle.” With this win, the Singaporean contender may have her rematch with reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 32, of China.

Another big winner at ““ONE: King of the Jungle” was Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga, 23, of the Philippines, who defeated Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi, 37, of Japan. The undefeated Filipino MMA fighter is expected to challenge reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 23, of Singapore.

“ONE: ‘King of the Jungle” showed that a stadium crowd is not necessary to create fireworks. Thanks to the ONE App, millions can still watch the action from the comfort of their homes for free, no matter what part of the world they are in.

Singapore will host four more shows using the same format to enable the sport to continue and provide a sense of normalcy and positivity in the face of the seriously challenging circumstances. ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated, “COVID-19 is an excellent example of how great Singapore is.”

“It is literally leading the entire world in containment of the virus through process, policy, vigilance, execution and transparency,” Chatri continued. “With so much uncertainty surrounding the global economy during the pandemic, it’s good to see that ONE can continue to create jobs and opportunities.”

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