Asia’s ONE Championship made their debut on U.S. soil back in May, selling out the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado — and it appears they’re coming back for more.
Rather than doubling down in 2024, the promotion will be back in the U.S. for four dates next year, all of which are expected to air on Amazon’s Prime Video platform. ONE officials announced the news on Thursday, with ONE President and CEO Chatri Sityodtong issuing a brief statement.
“I am thrilled to announce that ONE Championship is coming back to the U.S. with four massive events in 2024,” Sityodtong was quoted as saying in Thursday’s announcement. “When we made our historic U.S. debut with ONE Fight Night 10 on Prime Video, I was blown away by the support we received from our fans in the U.S.”
“ONE is home to the greatest martial artists in the world, and I’m excited to once again showcase our World Champions on American soil. To our fans that haven’t seen a live ONE event, I promise you an experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”
No location or venue has been announced for any of ONE Championship’s 2024 U.S. shows, nor have any dates been made official. However, given the global ruleset employed by the promotion, which allows knees to downed opponents among other variations from the Unified Rules of MMA used by American promotions, it’s likely that options will be limited. Colorado, which approved the global ruleset earlier this year, is likely to get a return visit with that in mind.
ONE Championship’s debut in the U.S. saw Demetrious Johnson defend his flyweight title in the rubber match of his trilogy with Adriano Moraes. Although “Mighty Mouse” had openly talked about retirement ahead of the fight, he delayed any final decision and remains part of the promotion’s active roster. Fellow ONE stars including Stamp Fairtex and Aung La N Sang were also part of the well-received show.