Asia’s largest combined martial arts promotion, One Championship, will return behind closed doorways in Thailand subsequent month after a five-month break due to the coronavirus, officers mentioned on Monday.
One, which promotes playing cards throughout the area in combined martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing, final placed on a significant present on the finish of February.
The Singapore-based firm has since cancelled a number of occasions and slashed 20 p.c of employees, though it has additionally revealed a $70 million funding increase from institutional buyers.
With virus outbreaks slowing in lots of components of Asia, the corporate mentioned its flagship occasions would restart with an occasion with out followers within the Thai capital Bangkok on July 31.
“Most nationwide borders stay closed in Asia, and this has posed distinctive logistical and operational challenges,” One’s CEO Chatri Sityodtong mentioned.
The primary three main bouts of the “One: No Give up” occasion have been confirmed.
Amongst fighters collaborating are ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon, Petchdam “The Child Shark” Petchyindee Academy, and “The Boxing Laptop” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex.
One had already placed on fights in its Hero collection, feeder occasions for the principle championship, in China in June, earlier than deciding to renew main reveals.
The US-based Final Combating Championship on Could 10 grew to become one of many first sports activities to restart post-coronavirus.
UFC has to this point efficiently placed on six reveals in tightly managed environments in Jacksonville, Florida, and Las Vegas.
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