ONE Championship closes door on all events until at least May 29 because of coronavirus

ONE Championship on Thursday announced its decision to  close the door on all of its events until at least May 29, 2020.

The Singapore-based fight promotion has already held a closed-door event for broadcast only from an empty arena and has cancelled events as well. 

Instead of cancelling, ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced the promotion would move forward with further closed-door events, so that the fighters can still compete and fans can at least watch via broadcast options.


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Chatri Sityodtong’s announcement on ONE Championship’s coronavirus response:

BREAKING NEWS: My team and I have decided to turn all events for ONE Championship into closed-door, audience-free events effective immediately. Bar none, the safety of our fans, athletes, staff, partners, and the public is the highest priority for ONE Championship. All scheduled ONE events with live audiences will now be suspended until at least May 29, 2020 due to the extraordinary COVID-19 global situation.

For the millions of fans at home around the world, the show will go on from the comfort and safety of your living room. Our global broadcast shows behind closed doors will commence in Singapore with an initial schedule of April 17, April 24, May 1, and May 8 respectively. Bout cards will be announced shortly for these broadcast-only shows, and additional dates will be added in the near future. Also, ONE Infinity Series, the world apex of martial arts events, is now slated to kick off on May 29, 2020 in Manila, Philippines with ONE Infinity 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

We are operating in truly extraordinary times, but my team and I remain committed to providing you the best sports and entertainment action available anywhere on global broadcast today. ONE Championship will continue to thrill you with the greatest martial artists on the planet and inspire you with their incredible stories. This virus might be on the attack right now, but I believe in the power of the human spirit. LET’S GOOOOO!!! #WeAreONE


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