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ONE Championship will return with ‘No Surrender’ in Thailand. And this is also the most important event in their schedule for the second half of 2020.
Due to the influence of COVID-19, all world sports activities were halted for many months. ONE Championship’s biggest MMA tournament in Asia is no exception. After nearly 4 months of inactivity, this tournament will officially return at the end of next July.
On the evening of June 26, the CEO of ONE Championship brought good news to world martial arts fans. Accordingly, Mr. Chatri Sityodtong confirmed that ONE Championship will launch the most important event on the schedule: ‘ONE: No Surrender’. The event will take place in Thailand on July 31st. ‘ONE: No Surrender’ will not be open to audiences at the stadium. Instead, the event will be broadcast live globally. They also held 12 more matches in the new ‘ONE Dark Series’ events on this day. This will be a recording product, not a live broadcast.
Before that, ONE Championship also returned to the track with the ONE Hero Series 13 and 14. These two events were ONE Championship’s first moves since the pandemic. The ONE Hero Series 13, 14 took place successfully in China on June 19 and 20. This is considered an important stepping stone for the official comeback of this tournament.
To prepare for this massive reboot, ONE Championship had to carefully plan. CEO Sityodtong has been in talks with Chinese, Thai and Singapore government employees and health professionals to get back to the track as quickly as possible.
To best prepare for the new schedule, ONE Championship has also made efforts to manage the capital round. According to investment reports, ONE Championship has raised more than 70 million USD in capital contribution. At the same time, ONE has also restructured its internal organization, cutting staff by 20% to save costs.
With a stable financial background, ONE Championship promises to speed up their schedule as quickly as possible. In the second half of 2020, they will hold as many matches as they can with caution.