Chatri Sityodtong Announces 52 Weekly Events In 2023 At ONE Lumpinee Press Conference
ONE Championship just made a slew of massive announcements that will have a tremendous impact on the Thai combat sports industry, but perhaps none bigger than ONE Lumpinee.
The promotion’s latest offering is a direct product of its partnership with the Royal Thai Army, which aims to bring the sport of Muay Thai to new heights.
Speaking at the ONE Lumpinee Press Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said:
“I never imagined when I started Muay Thai 38 years ago at Sityodtong gym that it would lead to this moment. I’ve lived Muay Thai as a student, a competitor, a teacher, and now a CEO. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that one day I would be the main promoter for the Lumpinee Stadium to showcase our national treasure to the world. For the first time in history, Lumpinee will be broadcast live to 154 countries.”
Sityodtong also confirmed nearly a dozen installments of the Road To ONE series and a huge financial boost to the sport of Muay Thai.
Additionally, he announced that ONE on Prime Video 6 will be held at Bangkok’s Impact Arena on January 14.
The event is expected to feature ONE World Champions Rodtang Jitmuangnon and Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, as well as a special rules super-fight between ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Champion Stamp Fairtex and pound-for-pound kickboxing queen Anissa Meksen.
Here’s a deeper look at the key announcements that were made at the ONE Lumpinee Press Conference.
ONE Championship To Invest US$100 Million In Muay Thai
In the first major announcement, Chatri Sityodtong said that ONE Championship would invest US$100 million to the growth of Muay Thai all over the world in the coming years.
That would cover many aspects including events, marketing, athlete pay, and athlete safety – either medically or wherever possible.
In addition, Sityodtong said that his goal for this investment is not only to elevate the athletes who compete in Muay Thai, but also to inspire his countrymen in Thailand.
Multiple Road To ONE Events Confirmed
Martial artists from all over the world are going to have a chance to step onto the global stage and join the ONE Championship roster through the Road To ONE series.
Chatri Sityodtong said that the organization has launched exclusive partnerships with the biggest promoters in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Mongolia, China, Russia, Japan, Philippines, Australia, and Thailand.
There will also be Road To ONE: Armenia. More countries will be added to that list in the weeks to come.
ONE Lumpinee To Host At Least 52 Shows In 2023
The Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, has been synonymous with Muay Thai because of the legendary matches that have been hosted inside the venue. Now, ONE Lumpinee aims to take the arena’s historic status to the next level.
Beginning in January 2023, the promotion is planning to hold at least 52 events at Lumpinee Stadium every Friday night. Each show is expected to feature Muay Thai fights, as well as some MMA, kickboxing, and submission grappling bouts.
Chatri Sityodtong thanked the organization’s broadcast partners across 154 countries who have agreed to show ONE Lumpinee live so that the whole world can enjoy Thailand’s national treasure.