ONE Championship, Nielsen Sports’ What’s Next in Global Sports 2019 to feature Michael Phelps, ‘ONE: Enter the Dragon’ in Singapore

Nielsen Sports, ONE Championship

On April 24, 2019, Nielsen Sports and ONE Championship announced that “Nielsen Presents: What’s Next in Global Sports” will take place in Singapore on May 16-17, 2019. The second annual thought leadership event will feature retired Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, 33, as a closing keynote speaker and “ONE: Enter the Dragon” as the culminating event.

“Nielsen Presents: What’s Next in Global Sports” will bring together the world’s leading brands, sports rights holders, agencies and broadcasters to discuss the top trends driving the global sports market and explore how companies are leveraging data-driven decision making to monetize fan engagement. Executives from Google, PGL Sports, Holcim Philippines and Great Sports, among others, will hit the stage to identify new strategies for global expansion of sports properties, sustainable revenue opportunities in sports and share how they are using data to make smarter decisions around media rights and sponsorships.

At the event, subject matter experts from across the global sports ecosystem will take part in panel discussions including:

  • Dollars and Sense: Turning the Passion for Sports into Concrete Revenue-generating Opportunities
  • Thinking Global, Acting Local: Navigating the Local In’s and Out’s to Achieve Global Success and Relevance
  • Putting the ‘E’ in Sports: How Traditional Sports Entering the Esports Arena may be the Ultimate Opportunity for Brands
  • Making Big Bets: Why Sports in Asia is the New Hotbed for Investors

“A perfect example of the globalization of sports is what we’re now seeing with Asian brands and rights holders who are increasing investments to gain recognition on the world sporting stage,” Nielsen Sports Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East managing director Kelvin Watt stated. “This collaboration with ONE Championship is important to continue to spotlight the rise of Asia and help regional brands unlock and monetize global opportunities.”

On May 16, 2019, “Nielsen Presents: What’s Next in Global Sports” will kick off with a welcome gala dinner at the iconic Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. It will be followed by the “Sports Business Conference” at the world-renowned Marina Bay Sands on May 17, 2019.

The two-day extravaganza will culminate with the ONE Championship event “ONE: Enter the Dragon” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. It will be headlined by reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan and his challenger Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore.

“The greatest minds in sports and business will converge at the What’s Next in Global Sports conference in Singapore, and it is my honor to have ONE Championship work closely with Nielsen in making this annual gathering a possibility,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said. “Together we will revolutionize the way business and sports seamlessly integrate and how one can leverage the other to move forward in a fast-paced and evolving landscape.”

Athletes, industry leaders, media executives and sponsors must register for the invite-only event by May 3, 2019. If interested in attending, email your inquiry to Debbie Soon at d.soon@onefc.com.

Additional details about What’s Next in Global Sports 2019 may be found at http://nielsen.com/whats-next-in-global-sports.

Chatri Sityodtong: ONE Championship aims to celebrate Asia’s e-Sports heroes on the global stage

Chatri Sityodtong (photo by Alvin Berto)
Chatri Sityodtong (photo by Alvin Berto)

ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong was one of the panelists during the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” press conference at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore. ONE eSports was officially launched during the event.

“Our mission is to celebrate Asia’s eSports heroes on the global stage,” Chatri stated. “The establishment of ONE eSports transforms ONE Championship into Asia’s largest producer of millennial sports content.”

A joint venture of ONE Championship and Dentsu Inc., ONE eSports will make be introduced in 2019. Top industry players Razer and Singtel have entered into partnership memorandum of understanding with ONE eSports to lead Asia’s eSports industry together.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE eSports, Asia’s largest global eSports Championship Series,” Chatri stated. “We see a natural crossover between martial arts and gaming fans in Asia and an opportunity to bring them together under Asia’s home of millennial live sports.”

ONE Championship is to invest up to US$50 million alongside other key partners into ONE eSports to create Asia’s largest global eSports Championship Series. Chatri said, “ONE Championship is committed to bringing its same brand of large-scale event production and live broadcast capabilities, unique world-class content production, global media distribution, storytelling expertise, and marketing experience to ONE eSports.”

Featuring multiple blockbuster game titles across Asia, ONE eSports will hold events alongside ONE Championship martial arts events in 2019. ONE Championship will have 30 events in 2019 across iconic Asian cities including Singapore, Bangkok in Thailand, Tokyo of Japan, Seoul of South Korea, Jakarta of Indonesia, Shanghai and Beijing of China, Manila of the Philippines, Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam.

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Demetrious Johnson is ONE eSports chief brand ambassador

Demetrious Johnson (photo Alvin Berto)
Demetrious Johnson (photo Alvin Berto)

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, of Kirkland, Washington, United States was appointed as the chief brand ambassador of ONE eSports. A joint venture of ONE Championship and Dentsu Inc., it is the largest global eSports Championship Series in Asia.

Johnson is a lifelong gamer himself. He is a well-known Twitch streamer with a rabid following.

The ONE eSports chief brand ambassador is a recently ONE Championship athlete. He competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for more than seven years.

Razer and Singtel are among the top industry players that have entered into partnership memorandum of understanding with ONE eSports to lead Asia’s eSports industry together.

ONE eSports and Razer will explore joint marketing opportunities using Team Razer eSports athletes and ONE Championship athletes to drive communication and engagement to all martial arts fans and gamers across Asia. ONE eSports and Razer will explore joint marketing opportunities using Team Razer eSports athletes and ONE Championship athletes to drive communication and engagement to all martial arts fans and gamers across Asia.

ONE Championship launched ONE eSports on November 7, 2018 during the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” press conference at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore. The largest global eSports Championship Series in Asia will be introduced in 2019.

Johnson was one of the special guests during the press conference. Former UFC champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, 34, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States who is also a recently signed ONE Championship athlete, attended the event, as well.

Both Johnson and Alvarez attended the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” fight night on November 9, 2018 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Newly appointed ONE Championship vice president Miesha “Cupcake” Tate, 32, of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, who is also a former UFC champion, was also in the live audience.

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‘Tekken 7’ e-sport match: Malaysia’s Peter Davis, Nik Harris fight at ‘Full Metal Dojo: Big Trouble in Little Bangkok’

Nik Harris, Jon Nutt, Peter Davis
Nik Harris, Jon Nutt, Peter Davis

Malaysia was well represented at the most recent Full Metal Dojo event. The weigh-ins of the 18 mixed martial arts competing in the event titled “Full Metal Dojo: Big Trouble in Little Bangkok” was hosted by the Clubhouse Sports Bar and Grill in Bangkok, Thailand on November 2, 2018.

Hosted by FMD founder Jon Nutt, the fight night took place at the Insanity Nightclub at Sukhumvit soi 11 in Bangkok on November 3, 2018. The fight card featured two amateur and seven professional MMA matches and one e-sports contest.

In the seventh bout of the evening, Malaysian celebrity MMA fighters Peter Davis, 37, of Malaysia and Nik “The Bloodhound” Harris, 29, faced each other in a “Tekken 7” competition, which was the first ever e-sports contest in FMD. In the end, it was the former who was declared the winner.

Both Davis and Harris are former ONE Championship fighters fighting out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They both lost in their respective most recent bouts.

Harris won both of his two ONE Championship bouts. He holds a professional MMA record of 6 wins and 3 losses.

Davis won seven of his 10 ONE Championship bouts. He now has 10 wins and 5 losses.

Including Harris and Davis, five fighters represented Malaysia at “Full Metal Dojo: Big Trouble in Little Bangkok.” The other three were Vinod “Cookie Monster” Greywal, Mehdi Bagheri and “Malaysian Superboy” Azreel Izzal Al-Hadi.

In the co-main event of the evening, Thai fighters Loma Lookboonmee and “Pocket Rocket” Suwanan Boonsorn competed for the FMD Women’s Atomweight Championship. The latter submitted the latter via armbar at 2:06 of Round 1.

In the main event, Glenn “Teddy Bear” Sparv of Finland and Mehdi Bagheri of Malaysia competed for the FMD Middleweight Championship. The Finnish contender knocked out his Iranian opponent via head kick at 2:52 of Round 2.

Here are the official “Full Metal Dojo: Big Trouble in Little Bangkok” results:

AMATEUR BOUTS

  1. Bantamweight: Sirirot “Prince Dragon” Silchaitan (Thailand) defeated Bryson Dean Collins (South Africa) via rear-naked submission at 1:56 of Round 2.
  2. Heavyweight: Stan “Pizdanuke” Tskitishvili (Ukraine) defeated “Malaysian Superboy” Azreel Izzal Al-Hadi (Malaysia) via technical knockout at 0:35 of Round 1.

PROFESSIONAL BOUTS

  1. Bantamweight: “The Beast” O Kay Gyi (Myanmar) defeated Visarut Numnoi (Thailand)  via technical knockout at 2:59 of Round 1.
  2. Bantamweight: Long La (Cambodia) defeated Chinnakit Manolai (Thailand) via knockout at 0:22 of Round 1.
  3. Bantamweight: “K.O.” Aung Kyaw Kyaw (Myanmar) defeated “The Man” Jaktan Tangjan (Thailand) via referee stoppage due to retirement at 3:00 of Round 2.
  4. Bantamweight: Javier “Honey Badger” Trujillo (USA) defeated Vinod “Cookie Monster” Greywal (Malaysia) via rear-naked submission at 4:24 of Round 1.
  5. Bantamweight: Javier “Honey Badger” Trujillo (USA) defeated Vinod “Cookie Monster” Greywal (Malaysia) via rear-naked submission at 4:24 of Round 1.
  6. E-sports: Peter Davis (Malaysia) defeated Nik “The Bloodhound” Harris (Malaysia) in a “Tekken 7” contest.

CO-MAIN EVENT

  1. FMD Women’s Atomweight Championship: “Pocket Rocket” Suwanan Boonsorn (Thailand) defeated Loma Lookboonmee (Thailand) via armbar submission at 2:06 of Round 1.

MAIN EVENT

  1. FMD Middleweight Championship: Glenn “Teddy Bear” Sparv (Finland/ Thailand) defeated Mehdi Bagheri (Iran, Malaysia) via knockout via head kick at 2:52 of Round 2.

Watch all the “Full Metal Dojo: Big Trouble in Little Bangkok” bouts here: