.ONE Championship CEO and Founder Chatri Sityodtong have in no way shied far from placing high dreams for himself and the martial arts agency he’s helped manual to prominence. What turned into once a touch-acknowledged MMA promoting has grown into a powerful player in the global martial arts marketplace.
Part of what has helped ONE emerge as the sort of employer able to luring abilities like Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Sage Northcutt, and Vitor Belfort is the fighter-first idea that extra athletes appear to be embracing. Almost to a person, the athletes cited above have said ONE made them a suggestion they could not refuse.
Long-time individuals of its roster like Brandon Vera have spoken at duration about the manner ONE’s workforce has handled him and other athletes. I’ve talked to beginners like Northcutt who’ve had nothing but high-quality matters to mention approximately the surroundings he’s presently running in with ONE. Newly employed vice chairman and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate has also gushed about her relationship with ONE, which remains in its infancy.
I spoke to Sityodtong closing week about of the organizations newest projects: the new ONE agent certification pointers and ONE Studio. If Sitoydtong has his manner, those new packages will similarly establish ONE as “the worldwide leader in martial arts leadership and idea innovation.”
The ONE agent application is in contrast to something we’ve ever visible in martial arts. ONE has created a structure that calls for sellers to meet the following criteria to represent any martial artist competing below the agency’s banner:
“Agent certification turned into created to weed out the unethical managers who scouse borrow from athletes,” said Sityodtong. “Just this 12 months on my own, we’ve got had numerous athletes ask for our assistance with this problem. We should sit down right here and do not anything about it, or we should elevate the usual of excellence and create a better ecosystem for all parties concerned.”
Per Sityodtong, a modern-day world champion on the employer’s roster has been the victim of theft and mismanagement by means of an agent. Because the athlete turned into still within the midst of the legal procedure stemming from the incident, Sityodtong turned into unable to expound on the scenario, but he believes it will likely be made public someday later this yr.
“At ONE Championship, we are constantly upgrading and improving all of our systems and techniques across the business enterprise to make certain a healthy atmosphere for all events,” Sityodtong said in the press launch saying the brand new agent software. “For as many decades as I can bear in mind, agent and manager fraud has usually been huge trouble in Asia. ONE Championship targets to create a healthier, happier, and more secure environment for our athletes each in and out of the arena.”
Ideally, this new program could take but any other step in the direction of establishing an environment that doesn’t require an athlete to worry approximately the perils of doing enterprise with a shady manager. If it is a success, past the apparent monetary blessings, the brand new agent software should lessen the athlete’s strain level, thereby keeping them wholesome for longer, and also permitting them to perform at a height degree without demanding approximately as many stuff out of doors of the ring or cage.
In addition to the brand new agent program, Sityodtong also mentioned the brand new ONE Studios, which objectives to produce films and television indicates starring the agency’s athletes and famous actors and actresses.
“We will produce movies and TV indicates throughout all genres, action, romance, and comedy with our largest stars, alongside the largest stars from our area,” stated Sityodtong. “Ultimately, I want to make global blockbusters. It could be brilliant if we had Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with Brandon Vera, or possibly Aung La N Sang in a film. It might be top notch. We need to unleash the following Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jackie Chan into the sector of films.”