Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organisation, ONE Fighting Championship, announced a blockbuster deal with world-renowned event promoter AMC Live Group that will see 10 fight nights held in 10 different cities across China per year, including four events in 2014.
“This monumental agreement will redefine the sport of mixed martial arts forever. ONE Fighting Championship will become the first world class mixed martial arts organisation ever to hold an event in mainland China,” ONE FC CEO Victor Cui stated in a press release.
“China is the birthplace of martial arts like sanda, wushu, and kung fu and there is a rich martial arts tradition. ONE FC will be available to over one billion people in China alone and will bring adrenaline-pumping action to 10 different cities across the country a year.
“The landscape of mixed martial arts will be changed forever as China welcomes ONE FC.”
AMC Live Group CEO Adrian Leong said: “AMC Live Group is the organisation of choice for live entertainment events across Asia.
“We have a world class stable of entertainment acts and are happy to add the most exciting sporting event in Asia, ONE Fighting Championship, to that illustrious group.
“We are very excited at the potential of mixed martial arts in China and believe that it will be a huge success given the track record of ONE FC.”
Details of this year’s events in China are forthcoming, with the promotion gearing up for its first fight card in Taiwan, titled NE FC: War of Dragons, on July 11 at the NTU Sports Center in Taipei.
Meanwhile, a 10-event deal struck between ONE FC and Phnom Penh hotel and entertainment complex NagaWorld will see Cambodia host an inaugural ONE FC MMA event on September 12. Some elements of the fight card are expected to be announced at a press conference at NagaWorld on Tuesday at 11am.