Earlier this week, ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong introduced a brand new partnership with MMA supervisor Ali Abdelaziz and his firm, Dominance MMA.
Abdelaziz and Sityodtong had been first launched via their mutual good friend, Renzo Gracie, however solely not too long ago started working collectively. Each agree the connection is lengthy overdue.
“I’ve identified Chatri for seven, eight years,” Ali Abdelaziz informed BJPENN.com on Thursday. “He’s certainly one of Renzo Gracie’s college students, and all people is aware of I’m a black belt beneath Renzo. I’ve seen how ONE Championship has grown leaps and bounds, and [Sityodtong] has grow to be probably the greatest promoters on this planet, placing on a few of the finest fights on this planet.
“ONE Championship at all times has a unique really feel to it. I at all times watch ONE exhibits,” he added. “It’s good to work with [an organization] you want. I’m a fan of loads of fighters in ONE. There are loads of nice fighters. They’ve loads of massive names.
“I believe it’s late, we must always have been working collectively earlier. Chatri even mentioned that, and I agree with him. We should always have been working collectively an extended whereas again.”
The brand new partnership between ONE and Dominance MMA will see Abdelaziz, who manages UFC superstars like Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje and Henry Cejudo and numerous others, start shifting a few of his high free brokers to ONE. In actual fact, the migration has already began, as Dominance-repped BJJ legend Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida simply signed with the Singapore-based group.
Abdelaziz says Buchecha would be the first of many Dominance fighters to maneuver to ONE.
“It’s easy, Dominance MMA has the perfect fighters on this planet proper now,” he mentioned. “ONE Championship can convey lots to the desk, I can convey lots to the desk. It’s a win-win for everyone. I’ll be the pipeline, bringing loads of US fighters to ONE Championship.”
ONE Championship locations a big give attention to conventional martial arts values, and discourages its fighters from trash-talking. Abdelaziz acknowledges that not all of his fighters might be match for atmosphere, however is assured that the fighters he sends over might be taken care of.
“Any individual who’s a martial artist, has sure expertise, is likely to be match for ONE Championship,” he mentioned. “Any individual who might need a loopy persona, says loads of outlandish stuff, possibly he received’t match with ONE Championship. However on the day, ONE Championship’s job is to signal the perfect fighters on this planet. I’ve acquired a few of the finest fighters on this planet. I like ONE. I like Chatri. I like [matchmaker] Matt Hume. I like all people who works there.
“I’m going to really feel protected having my athletes there. That is my primary factor: Is my athlete going to be taken care of? Is my athlete going to be compensated proper? I’ve by no means heard something about ONE Championship not paying athletes. They’ve some huge cash and I do know they’re going to make some good investments in a few of the fighters I give them.
“That is going to be good for everyone.”
As extra Dominance MMA fighters begin shifting to ONE, Ali Abdelaziz is assured that extra ONE Championship belts will begin making their means again to america.
“On the finish of the day, my job is to place [my fighters] ready to win the belt,” he mentioned. “Humbly, I work with a few of the finest fighters ever. Within the UFC, now we have many of the belts. Within the PFL, now we have many of the belts. I like gold. My guys like gold. We’re all gold-diggers. We’re going to go to ONE, and we’d like to have some belts. It might be a real honor to have some ONE champions.”