Many businesses have experienced a massive knock-on effect from the COVID-19 global situation. That’s why very few companies, if any, are announcing any grand plans amidst this strange, unprecedented time.
But ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong and his team have been working diligently in an effort to thrill and inspire fans all across the world during this extraordinary period.
Here are three ways the company is continuing to thrive.
A Quartet Of Closed-Door, Audience-Free Shows
In February, the worsening COVID-19 situation in Southeast Asia prevented many events from taking place.
ONE Championship, however, found a way to move forward.
The promotion still held ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE on 28 February at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, but made it a closed-door, audience-free event.
By pushing through with the power of a great show all while maintaining the safety of its fans and athletes, the promotion set a bold precedent that other major sports organizations would later follow.
On 13 March, the company announced four more closed-door, audience-free shows set for Singapore – beginning with ONE: HOPE on 17 April, ONE: STRENGTH on 24 April, ONE: DREAMS on 1 May, and ONE: INSPIRATION on 8 May.
The ONE Infinity Series
ONE Championship is nearly two months away from debuting the ONE Infinity Series.
This special series of martial arts events will feature a dozen World Champions, a bunch of super-bouts, and appearances from A-list celebrities.
The first installment, ONE Infinity 1, is now scheduled for 29 May at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, and so far, three matches have been confirmed.
ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will defend his belt on home soil against Arjan “Singh” Bhullar.
Also, ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee puts his title on the line against Iuri Lapicus, and “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez faces Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev in a lightweight bout.
The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition
The most extraordinary news yet is that the company will launch The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.
Viewers around the world should be familiar with the “high-stakes game of mind, body, and spirit for the greatest job in the world,” where 16 contestants from around the globe vie to become ‘The Apprentice.’
In this case, the winner receives a US$250,000 job offer to join ONE Championship and spend the next year working under Sityodtong as his protégé.
The announcement has already made a major splash across the Internet, but the amazing thing is that the project is pushing ahead despite such challenging circumstances.
Although the COVID-19 global situation has caused job losses across a multitude of industries, ONE Championship continues to recruit and open doors for individuals to seize staggering, golden opportunities.