15 ONE Championship Fighters to Watch

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ONE Championship (commonly referred to as ONE) is a Singapore based mixed martial arts (MMA), kick-boxing and Muay Thai promotion that has been around since 2011. It was founded by Chatri Sityodtong and is considered Asia’s largest MMA promotion and is still expanding. ONE held a few events live on TNT last Spring and ranks as one of the world’s top “ sports media properties for viewership and engagement,” according to their official website

Competition is the life-blood of any sports promotion and especially in combat sports, so ONE of course is looking to expand. ONE has had plans to come and hold events in the United States in 2020 according to Sherdog, but those plans were sidelined when COVID-19 put the world on pause. 

Now, with everyone in the fight business putting on events ONE is looking to stick to those plans. With their rule-set recently approved by the Colorado State Boxing Commission, the road to ONE bringing their brand of combat sports to the US is looking closer to happening. With that in mind, here are 15 ONE athletes that should be on your radar.

1.) Demetrious Johnson (30-4-1)

Former UFC Flyweight champion, 2019 ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion

2.) Rodtang Jitmuangnon (Muay Thai record: 267 -42 -10)

Current ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion, Three title defenses, Currently on a five-fight win streak

3.) Eddie Alvarez (30-8-2)

Former Bellator Lightweight Champion, Former UFC Lightweight Champion

4.) Shinya Aoki (47-10-1)

Former ONE Lightweight Champion, Former DEEP Lightweight Champion, Former Shooto Middleweight Champion

5.) Garry Tonon (6-1)

2nd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, No. 3 Ranked ONE Featherweight

6.) Adriano Moraes (20-3)

Three time ONE Flyweight Champion, Current ONE Flyweight Champion

7.) Reinier de Ridder (15-0)

ONE Light-heavyweight Champion (current), ONE Middleweight Champion (current)

8.) Angela Lee (11-2)

ONE Women’s Atomweight Champion (current), No.3 Ranked in ONE Women’s Strawweight division

9.) Nieky Holzken (Kickboxing: 94-17-1)

Former Glory Welterweight Champion - 2013, 2015 Glory Welterweight Tournament Champion, No.1 Ranked in ONE’s Lightweight Kickboxing division

10.) John Wayne Parr (Kickboxing: 99-34-1)

10 time world champion, No. 4 ranked ONE Lightweight Kickboxer

11.) Timofey Nastyukhin (14-6)

Former Pankration World Champion, No. 5 ranked ONE Lightweight

12.) Bibiano Fernandes (24-5)

Former DREAM bantamweight Champion, Former DREAM Featherweight Champion

13.) John Lineker (35-9)

Former Jungle Fight Bantamweight Champion, Won multiple UFC bonuses for Fight/ Performance of the Night, Current ONE Bantamweight Champion

14.) Christian Lee (15-4)

Former ONE Lightweight Champion, 2019 ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Champion

15.) Xiong Jing Nan (17-2)

Inaugural and current ONE Strawweight Champion, Handed Angela Lee her first loss

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