‘Our mission is not to stage the bloodiest fights’ – One championship president wants to promote MMA without trash-talking and bloodlust fights in USA

One is set to make its US debut in Broomfield, Colorado on Friday.

One Championship (Source - Twitter)
One Championship (Source - Twitter)

The combat sports promotion One Championship has a hybrid ruleset that includes elements of kickboxing, muay thai, and submission grappling in addition to MMA. One Championship uses what they refer to as the “Global Martial Arts Rule Set” for its MMA competitions, which is essentially the Official Unified regulations of MMA with some “Asian rules.”

The majority of the athletes on One Championship’s roster are from Asia, however, there is a nearly equal representation of Americans, Russians, and Brazilians, with Australian athletes coming in second. China, Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines are the Asian nations that are most frequently recruited from. Meanwhile, recently, ONE championship president Hua Fung Teh said that they will promote the MMA agency without any big fights and trash-talking.

Our mission is not to stage the biggest, bloodiest fights and have two athletes cuss at each other. That works — for a certain type of audience and consumer. I can’t wait for the US fans to be exposed to true martial arts. Fighting on American soil, it’s amazing to be able to headline this landmark event,” Hung Teh was quoted as saying by CNN Business.

You leave it in the ring, the court, the pitch: Hua Fung Teh

Fung Teh further talked about it and said that sometimes things can get heated but they believe that the fight should be inside the octagon only and no drama should be created outside the arena. He also talked about ONE’s sponsors and said that they are all family brands which don’t promote nudity or anything bad.

“This is sports. Things can get heated and emotional. But for us, you leave it in the [ring], the court, the pitch. Rivalry, confrontation, a little bit of shoving here and there, all that is part of sports. But the sport itself provides a lot of inbuilt stories and drama without having to cross that line.

“If you look at the sponsors working with us, we’re taking family brands like Tumi, Oculus, Disney. We’re building a brand that everyone can enjoy with their kids and grandkids. That’s more true to the spirit of martial arts and its traditional values.

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