At the end of every year, I like to reflect deeply on the year and write down key learnings. Some…
What a truly historic night! Please join me in congratulating all of the incredible ONE Championship athletes who competed in ONE: Century in Tokyo last night. ONE: Century blew away my expectations. It was a mega event of epic proportions and global consequence. Our superheroes delivered so many extraordinary performances. The world witnessed greatness.
Our digital and social media metrics broke new record highs by significant margins on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and the ONE Super App. Also, according to many of our broadcast partners around the world, ONE: Century delivered outstanding numbers. I cannot wait for our Nielsen data on TV ratings to come out from each country over the next several days. Without a doubt, ONE: Century broke a new record high in viewership numbers. Thank you to all of our fans around the world for making history again!!!
Congratulations to ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion Aung La Nsang for defending his title in such spectacular fashion against ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera. I am truly grateful to both of you for everything you have done for all of us at ONE Championship. You are men amongst men. I am truly proud to call you my brothers. Congratulations to ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee for putting on the most incredible performance against ONE Strawweight World Champion Jingnan Xiong! You are both truly the best female martial artists in the world. Thank you for inspiring all of us with your warrior spirit. Angela, you showed yourself and the world why you are truly the best atomweight on the planet! I also want to congratulate ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious Johnson for proving yet again why he is the greatest pound-for-pound martial artist in history. DJ displayed technical mastery and athletic prowess befitting of the greatest. He fought a game, dangerous opponent in Danny Kingad, and made it look easy. As for Danny, he is still one of the best in the world and he is just getting started as a young athlete. Mark my words. Danny will be king of the division in the future. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be a world champion one day. Congratulations to ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee on also becoming ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Champion! Amazingly, Christian took the fight on 10 days notice with no training camp against arguably the toughest and most dangerous athlete in the division, Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev. That being said, I believe that Dagi will be back stronger than ever. I predict these two warriors will face each other again in the future at some point. Both Christian and Dagi have global superstar potential. They are both just getting started in their careers. Let’s give them another huge round of applause!
There were so many extraordinary performances last night, but two performances really stood out above the rest. It is only right to award a US$50,000 performance bonus each to Aung La Nsang and Angela Lee for their incredible performances. They both truly delivered performances of a lifetime. Above all, they truly exemplify what it means to be martial artists. They represent the core values of martial arts: integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion. ONE Championship is truly blessed to call Aung La and Angela our superheroes! Congrats again, Aung La and Angela!!!
Congratulations to ONE Featherweight World Grand Prix Kickboxing Champion Giorgio Petrosyan for winning the US$1m tournament prize and for demonstrating yet again why you are the pound-for-pound #1 greatest kickboxer in history! Giorgio put on a masterful display of technical beauty and creative genius. Congratulations to ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes for defeating the sensational Kevin Belingon with beautiful world championship jiu-jitsu! Like Bibi said earlier, I also believe that Kevin will reign as world champion again in the future. Most importantly, they put away their bad blood after the fight. Please show some love for these two warriors!
ONE Athletes: I always say that fighters truly live honorable and courageous lives because it is the truth. In chasing your dreams and following your hearts, you bare your souls to the world with every triumph and every failure. And you do so with honor, grace, and love. Thank you for inspiring the world with your greatness, passion, heart, and humility. Bar none, you rank among the world’s greatest martial artists. ONE has the largest collection of World Champions (140+ across various martial arts) of any global organization in the world. It is an honor and privilege to serve you as your leader and to showcase your talent to the world on our global broadcast to 145+ countries. The world deserves to know your stories, to see your skills, and to watch you live your dreams. Thank you always for giving 100% inside and outside of the cage. Without you, ONE Championship would not exist. It is only the beginning of ONE Championship’s story. Our futures together are the brightest in history. Let us show the world the true beauty of martial arts! #gratitude
Team ONE: Thank you for your relentless effort and unbelievable dedication to our dream. I don’t think any team in the world would have been able to pull off what you did for ONE: Century. A super typhoon, an earthquake, and floods were not enough to stop you from unleashing your greatness. No organization has ever attempted two full-scale world championship events on the same day. ONE: Century will go down in history as the most epic martial arts event in the last 100 years. Throughout my career, I have had the good fortune of working with many superstars across different companies. And you are the best rockstar team on the planet, bar none. You guys built Asia’s largest global sports media property in only 8 years, making history in the process. There is nothing in the world that can stop our passion. And it is only the beginning of what ONE Championship will accomplish! We are not here to be a part of history. We are here to make history. Thank you again for everything!
ONE Fans: Without you, nothing would be possible. Thank you for making ONE Championship the fastest growing global sports media property in history. Your love for both ONE Championship and our heroes is the fuel for all of us. Through our work, we hope to inspire you to live your greatest life and to entertain you with unforgettable magical memories. We are ONE!!!
My journey with ONE Championship has been full of so many ups and downs, but I will not rest until ONE becomes the most valuable sports media property on Earth. The entire world deserves to witness the greatness of our athletes, to hear their incredible life stories, and to celebrate authentic martial arts and its deep-rooted values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion. Through the power of media and the magic of storytelling, our mission is to unleash real-life superheroes, celebrate values, ignite dreams, inspire nations, and change the world.
ONE Championship is the Home of Martial Arts. OSS!!! #WeAreONE
Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC News, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, and other major media. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 2.6 billion potential viewers across 145+ countries around the world. Forbes most recently selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. He was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times and the “2nd Most Powerful Person in Sports in Asia” by FOX Sports. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, Europe’s top business school. A Kru in Muay Thai and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.