ONE Championship is set to embark on a new chapter in its history with a new weekly live show hosted at the historic Lumpinee Stadium.
The iconic Muay Thai venue in Bangkok, Thailand has played host to the world’s best strikers for decades, and now through a new partnership with the arena, ONE Championship will host weekly events from Lumpinee Stadium through 2023.
The deal was announced at a special press conference at the arena, with an accompanying press release stating that the deal will see ONE hosting “52 live events in Thailand in 2023, with each being broadcast around the world in over 150 countreis through ONE’s expansive global media rights partnerships.”
“The landmark partnership will help transform Muay Thai and the martial arts ecosystem in Thailand into a global attraction, while establishing Lumpinee Stadium as the Mecca of Muay Thai and the premier hub of sports entertainment and tourism in the country through world-class martial arts competitions produced by ONE.”
Commenting on the deal, ONE CEO and chairman Chatri Sityodtong said, “ONE Lumpinee will be a landmark partnership between ONE Championship and the Royal Thai Army that will unite and ignite the Muay Thai and martial arts ecosystem in Thailand like never before.”
Director of the Royal Thai Army Sports Center, General Suchard Dangprapai, added, “This is a great opportunity to publicize the collaboration between the Royal Thai Army Sports Center (Muay Thai Lumpinee) and ONE Championship.
“Mr. Chatri, who has achieved great success in this business, will work with us in the dissemination of Muay Thai, our national combat sport, and all martial arts all over the world. I would like to thank Mr. Chatri once again for this great opportunity.”
ONE also announced that it will be returning to its regular home in Thailand, Bangkok’s Impact Arena, for ONE on Prime Video 6, which is scheduled for Friday, January 13, 2023.
The event already has one confirmed bout, with former two-sport ONE champion Stamp Fairtex set to take on top-ranked women’s kickboxer Anissa Meksen in a specia MMA vs. Muay Thai mixed rules super-fight that looks set to be run along similar lines to the recent bout between Demetrious Johnson and Rodtang Jitmuangnon.
ONE Muay Thai champions Nong-O Gaiyanghadao and Rodtang Jitmuangnon are also expected to be a part of the fight card for the event.