There is still more than three months left for the debut of One Championship in Land of the Rising Sun, as the event is scheduled for 31 in 2019 March, at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena in Tokyo, Japan, but the news about the show in the nippon country cross the world.
Hideyuki 'Andy' Hata was named President of the One Championship in Japan. Andy will be responsible for overseeing operations in Japan, driving development and growth across all key metrics.
Hata is currently the chairman of Nielsen Sports in North Asia where he is responsible for all Nielsen Sports business activities in Japan, South Korea and mainland China.
Earlier, Andy led several global projects with Sony Corporation and was part of Sony's global partnership with FIFA, where he led his global activation strategy for all the tournaments promoted by the company, including the Football World Cup at 2010.
One Championship President and CEO Chatri Sityodtong commented on the new acquisition: "I am very happy to welcome Andy Hata to our One Championship leadership team. Andy is a world-class business leader with a deep passion for sports and a desire to make a big impact in the world of mixed martial arts. "- Declared the leader.
Famous in Japan, Renzo Gracie is another acquisition of the franchise. He will represent the Gracie family - the largest clan of fighters in history - in the inaugural edition of One Championship in that country.
Renzo returned to compete in MMA in July of this year, at 51 years of age, and in his return to the octagon - after eight years away - ended up finishing Yuki Kondo with one of his specialties, the 'lion kill'.
- "I signed with them (One Championship), I will fight March 31 day. (...) I arranged a fight for myself and (my brother) Ralph. We will fight together there. (...) So, I'm going to get out in March (...) ".- Revealed the carioca settled in New York during an interview granted to the YouTube channel 'Rap 77'.
[NE: The most-rated opponents for a fight with Renzo in the March show are Kazushi Sakuraba and Wallid Ismail, but the latter has not reached an agreement with One, which justifies the growing rumors that Gracie must fight even with Kazushi Sakuraba].
The One Championship event in Japan will also feature the clash between champions Angela Lee and Xiong Jing Nan for the title of the women's straws.
Another confirmed fighter Aung La N Sang puts the middleweight belt in contention against Ken Hasegawa. The fighters have already faced each other in June this year and 'Burmese Python' has taken the best.
Former UFC fighters Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez are expected to make their Asian debut at the same time and will face Yuya Wakamatsu and Timofey Nastyukhin respectively.
President and CEO of One, Championship Chatri Sityodtong, has also revealed 24 dates and locations of 30 events in One's calendar on 2019. The promotion will hold two events in Japan along with its premiere events in Vietnam and its return to South Korea.
The premiere show in Vietnam will be on 6's 2019 September, with an event in Ho Chi Minh City. Already the return of the franchise to Korea of the South is marked for Seoul in 20 of December of 2019.
However, One's calendar for 2019 will start well before that, with a show to be held on January 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Throughout its history, the franchise has grown considerably from its base in Singapore. After its debut there, One Championship expanded its shows to Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, as well as debuting in China at the end of 2014 and moving to Thailand on 2016.
The gradual growth of One in the last seven years has been reaffirmed with the 21 agenda promoted in 2018 and extending from Myanmar to China.
Sityodtong also said he plans to hold concerts in India along with all major markets in Asia. He also hopes that Japan will once again become the 'biggest MMA pole' in Asia as in the 'golden age' of the defunct Pride FC.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 27 / 12 / 2018