Demetrious Johnson and ONE!
Please join me in welcoming the #1 pound-for-pound king, Demetrious Johnson (27-3), to ONE Championship! He is the most dominant mixed martial arts world champion in history, and holds the record for the most number of world title defenses (11) in UFC.
I might be biased, but I am quite certain that ONE Championship now has arguably the greatest roster of world champion athletes in martial arts today. With over 104 World Champions on its athlete roster (as of October 28, 2018), ONE Championship is also home to some of the greatest pound-for-pound martial artists of each discipline:
MMA: Demetrious Johnson
Kickboxing: Giorgio Petrosyan
Muay Thai: Yodsanklai Fairtex
Submission Grappling: Garry Tonon
Boxing: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Roger Gracie
Kyokushin Karate: Hiroki Akimoto
Some of our superstars, legends, and/or world champions across various martial arts include (in no particular order):
Eddie Alvarez, Renzo Gracie, Bibiano Fernandes, Angela Lee, Shinya Aoki, Aung La Nsang, Andy Souwer, Nong-O Gaiyanhadao, Brandon Vera, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Nieky Holzken, Kevin Belingon, Martin Nguyen, Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Kulabdam Sor Jor Piekuthai, Ralph Gracie, Petchdam Petchyindee, Stamp Fairtex, Leandro Issa, Xiong Jingnan, Yodlekpet Or Pitisak, Charlie Peters, Eduard Folayang, Jo Nattawut, Lerdsila Chumparetour, Geje Eustaquio, Sagetdao Petpayathai, Alex Silva, Liam Harrison, Alain Ngalani, Cosmo Alexandre, Yoshitaka Naito, Joshua Pacio, Amir Khan, Hiroki Akimoto, Ev Ting, Christian Lee, Yuki Kondo, Shannon Wiratchai, Kairat Akhmetov, Timofey Nastyukhin, Hayato Suzuki, Dagi Arslanaliev, Danny Kingad, Yuya Wakamatsu, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Andre Meunier, Daniel Dawson, Sok Thy, Saemapetch Fairtex, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, Kwankhao Mor. Rattanabandit, Sergio Wielzen, Panicos Yusuf, Petchmorrakot Wor Sangprapai, and many others.
In the future, I fully expect to see cross-over World Champions across the multiple disciplines that ONE Championship offers. For example, I know a few of our athletes like Stamp Fairtex, Amir Khan, and Brandon Vera are already gunning to hold world titles in both Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing (or Muay Thai) in the future. If you are an athlete in ONE, there are incredible opportunities to express yourself and show your greatness to the world. It is a truly extraordinary time to be an athlete in the Home of Martial Arts. OSSS!!!
Stay tuned for some massive news! #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 1.7 billion potential viewers across 136 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 “3rd Most Powerful Person in Sports in Asia” by FOX Sports. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, Europe’s top business school. Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.