Chatri Sityodtong Estimates 70 Million Will Watch ONE: Century
Less than a decade since being founded in 2011, ONE Championship has drastically risen to become Asia’s biggest and largest sporting property. This weekend, ONE’s 100th live show goes down in Tokyo, Japan, ONE: Century.
In over eight years of history, the Singapore-based promotion has achieved several milestones but the most ground-breaking of them all is the event this coming weekend for its 100th event.
“This is a historic moment, not only for Japan, but for the entire world of martial arts,” exclaimed ONE Championship president Chatri Sityodtong with excitement in the press conference yesterday at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo (as transcribed by MMA Junkie).
“I named this event, ‘ONE: Century’ to signify the greatest martial arts event in the last one hundred years. Twenty-eight World Champions from across various martial arts, seven world title bouts, two full-scale events – it has never been done before in history. It gives me great pleasure to be with you here today,” added Sityodtong.
Being the largest and biggest sports property in Asia, ONE Championship expects a huge amount of viewers all over the world. With partnerships from different television networks, Chatri gave his thoughts about the potential audience on fight day.
“Our current estimate is that we will have seventy million viewers for ‘ONE: Century,’ making it the largest martial arts event in history. My fellow brothers and sisters are here, the greatest martial artists on the planet, but above all, truly amazing human beings.”
More than just being athletes fighting inside the circle, Chatri Sityodtong emphasised on the true meaning and goal of the promotion which is to be an inspiration to everyone.
“The world will witness greatness. Most importantly, the world will witness the unleashing of real life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams, and inspiration. Let us all embrace the true spirit, the warrior spirit of martial arts. Let’s show the world the power of martial arts.”
ONE: Century goes down this Sunday at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.