No Holds Barred: Victor Cui on ONE Championship 2015 and 2016

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No Holds Barred: Victor Cui on ONE Championship 2015 and 2016

Post by nhbnews on Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:07 am





On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with Victor Cui, the CEO of ONE Championship.

Only a bit under four years old but already established as both the largest MMA promotion in Asia by far and one of the largest in the world, ONE Championship has another ambitious schedule set for the remainder of 2015 and more plans for expansion in 2016.

To find out the details, we spoke with Victor Cui by Skype Saturday.

"We've been able to grow exponentially every year and to really tap the new markets," he said, noting the support ONE Championship has gotten from sponsors, governments, and media.

"This last half of the year is definitely packed. We announced our next six events," he said.

So far, this is the schedule for ONE Championship for the remainder of 2015:

ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS (SHANGHAI), 1 September in Shanghai, China

ONE: ODYSSEY OF CHAMPIONS, 27 September in Jakarta, Indonesia

ONE: TIGERS OF ASIA, 9 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ONE: BATTLE AT THE GATES, 7 November in Macau, China

ONE: PRIDE OF LIONS, 13 November in Singapore

ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS, 11 December in Manila, Philippines

But wait, there's more!

"We've got several others that I'm going to announce in the upcoming weeks that we're going to add to that schedule," he revealed.

"So it's a busy, busy year for us."

Their most recent event, on July 18, marked the promotion's debut in the country of Myanmar. On that card's main event, ONE Championship's bantamweight champion, Bibiano Fernandes, who is known as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, successfully defended his belt with a third-round TKO victory against Finnish fighter Toni Tauru, ending the fight with a three-punch combination.

Their next card, on September 1 in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, will see the promotion's debut in that city, which is both the largest in China and in the world. On that card's main event, ONE middleweight champion Igor Svirid of Kazakhstan will defend his belt against the unbeaten challenger Vitaly Bigdash of Russia.

We also discussed the organization's growth, their building of "Asian heroes" and regional and national champions, how they navigated between the government and anti-government rebels in Myanmar, plans to expand to even more countries in Asia in 2016, and much more.

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Re: No Holds Barred: Victor Cui on ONE Championship 2015 and 2016

Post by CODELMJVG on Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:27 am

Great post thank you!
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Re: No Holds Barred: Victor Cui on ONE Championship 2015 and 2016

Post by nodogoshi on Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:20 am

Yeah really good interview and really exciting. I loved the Myanmar rebels story.

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Re: No Holds Barred: Victor Cui on ONE Championship 2015 and 2016

Post by Hamilcar on Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:49 pm

Awesome interview!

When will you get Dana White on?
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Re: No Holds Barred: Victor Cui on ONE Championship 2015 and 2016

Post by nhbnews on Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:55 pm

When he decides to tell the truth.

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Re: No Holds Barred: Victor Cui on ONE Championship 2015 and 2016

Post by CDF47 on Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:33 pm

nhbnews wrote:When he decides to tell the truth.

That could be a while

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Re: No Holds Barred: Victor Cui on ONE Championship 2015 and 2016

Post by InfinityLens on Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:40 pm

Didn'r he say this last year and than come nowhere close? I mean I wish them luck but I will beleive when I see.
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