One Championship MMA fights to resume next month

Asia ’s largest mixed martial arts promotion , One Championship, will return behind closed doors in Thailand next month after a five -month break because of the coronavirus , officials said on Monday .
One , which promotes cards across the region in mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing , last put on a major show at the end of February .
The Singapore – based company has since cancelled several events and slashed 20 percent of staff , although it has also revealed a $70 million funding boost from institutional investors .
With virus outbreaks slowing in many parts of Asia , the company said its flagship events would restart with an event without fans in the Thai capital Bangkok on July 31 .
“Most national borders remain closed in Asia , and this has posed unique logistical and operational challenges,” One ’s CEO Chatri Sityodtong said .
The first three major bouts of the “One : No Surrender” event have been confirmed .
Among fighters taking part are ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion Rodtang “The Iron Man ” Jitmuangnon, Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy , and “The Boxing Computer ” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex .
One had already put on fights in its Hero series , feeder events for the main championship , in China in June , before deciding to resume major shows .
The US- based Ultimate Fighting Championship on May 10 became one of the first sports to restart post-coronavirus .
UFC has so far successfully put on six shows in tightly controlled environments in Jacksonville, Florida , and Las Vegas .

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