ONE Championship founder and CEO, Chatri Sityodtong, showcased a Nielsen infographic today, highlighting the promotion's staggering growth over the last four years. As a result of this unrelenting expansion, ONE Championship has claimed the title of "World's Fastest Growing Sports Property".
ONE Championship began its journey under a slightly different moniker, One Fighting Championship, back in 2011. Its inaugural event featured a collection of former UFC fighters such as Phil Baroni, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, and Andy Wang. Nestled among these big names were some of ONE Championship's upcoming stars including Eric Kelly, Mitch Chilson and, of course, the future Lightweight Champion, Eduard Folayang.
Despite its successful launch, naysayers were quick to label the promotion as place for former legends who were past their prime. Fast forward seven years and those same people would be tucking into a dinner garnished with their own words.
Some of the more astonishing figures in the Nielsen findings include ONE Championship's social media presence which has skyrocketed from 312 million impressions back in 2014 to a whopping 30 billion today. Video views on social media have also exploded from a meager 312 thousand to its current tally of four billion.
The promotion has also doubled its global presence with events now being televised in 138 countries.
As it stands, ONE Championship has the lion's share of Asian MMA and is gaining traction every day. With such a strong roster of fighters, it's not difficult to see why.
ONE Championship has definitely come a long way from its roots. While much has changed, one thing still remains true. ONE Championship delivers some of the most exciting events on the planet. And with key signings of top fighters like Eddie Alvarez, the growth is not going to stop any time soon.
ONE Championship's next event will be on October 26.
ONE Championship: Pursuit of Greatness will be headlined by Myanmar's own two-division champion Aung La N Sang and Lebanon's Mohammad Karaki for the ONE Middleweight strap.