Asian Mixed Martial Arts promotion ONE Championship has announced the inaugural event of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, which will be held in Singapore on Saturday.
The live spectacle features prospects signed on during the show who will compete in professional bouts to earn a contract with ONE Championship worth over $100,000 based on performance.
Cambodian Top Team (CTT) , a Phnom Penh based fight school helmed by Brooklyn-born Chan Reach, flew out yesterday with Nigerian-born pugilist Emmanuel Onyedikachi and Cambodian fighter Chan Sam Art in tow.
The ONE Warrior Series is a new travel series talent search which runs in 30-minute episodes. The show aims to discover new martial arts talent across Asia, providing promising young athletes with the platform to unleash their martial arts greatness. Franklin, who serves as the show’s host, travels across the Asian continent with co-host Jonathan Fong, searching for talent, experiencing local cultures and testing their boundaries.
Rich Franklin, Vice President of ONE Championship and CEO of ONE Warrior Series, stated: “It is my honour to announce the first ONE Warrior Series event to be held in Singapore. We’ve visited many great Asian nations over the past few months and now have a solid group of competitors ready to earn their time in the spotlight. Asia is the hotbed of the industry’s top martial arts prospects. I have enjoyed taking in all that Asia has to offer, while discovering some of the most promising young talent on this side of the world. ONE Championship and ONE Warrior Series will continue to search for the region’s best martial artists and give them a platform to showcase their skills to the world.”
The screening and tryouts process consists of pad sessions, grappling demonstrations, conditioning exams, and an interview process, among others. Once selected, athletes will compete in professional bouts with a chance at earning a contract with ONE Championship exceeding $100,000 based on performance.
A fight card has not yet been announced for this weekend. ONE Warrior Series will be filmed in Singapore and broadcast at a later date.