For over a decade now, ONE Championship has flown the flag high for combat sports, promoting some of the most exciting fighters and staging some of the most thrilling events.
As it hit the ground running, ONE began to capture the attention of a worldwide audience. And aside from airing live in more than 150 countries, it has also now partnered with top streaming service, Prime Video, which will air 12 live ONE shows in U.S. primetime starting on 26 August.
But what exactly makes ONE Championship different from the rest? Here are three things.
Peak Athletic Performance Thanks To Groundbreaking Weight Class System
ONE has always gotten the attention of fight fans everywhere due to its unique weight class system, where it disallows hard weight cuts and instead tests its fighters hydration levels.
This allows their fighters to fight in peak shape and at their most natural weight, eliminating the issues that athletes face after taxing weight cuts.
Becaue of this, fighters can focus on their training camps instead of their weight cuts, which leads to more exciting performances.
The Rules Of Engagement Creates Excitement
Another thing that makes ONE unique is its global martial arts rule set for competition, which opens up the fight game even more.
Their rules prevent stalling, as it allows knees to a grounded opponent. This means wrestlers who tend to sit in an advantageous position are still vulnerable to getting whacked by a knee.
The overall judging of the fights also allows a more even playing field, as instead of the usual 10-point must system where matches are decided by round, the fight is decided as a whole—meaning that fighters can’t relax even if they’re ahead by two rounds.
All of this leads to much more exciting bouts.
Truly The Home of Martial Arts
ONE is home to some of the finest mixed martial arts fighters on the planet, with the likes of ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes, ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion Reinier de Ridder, Demetrious Johnson all calling the organization their home.
But that’s only a slither of the promotion’s talent. It’s also home to some of the best kickboxers in the world in Giorgio Petrosyan and Superbon. As for Muay Thai, they have Rodtang Jitmuangnon and Nong-O Gaiyanghadao. And in grappling there’s Andre Galvao, Buchecha, and Mikey Musumeci among others.
If you’re a martial arts fan who enjoys variety and the purity of other combat sports, then ONE is certainly for you.