One Championship Confirms July 31 Return in Bangkok; Will Be Held Without Fans

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2020

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - MAY 12:  Sergej Maslobojev of Lithuania (red) fights against Antonio Plazibat of Croatia (blue) during Catch Weight (95.0 kg) ONE Super Series Kick boxing match in the ONE Championship: Grit and Glory at Jakarta Convention Center on May 12, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
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Mixed martial arts promotion One Championship announced plans to resume its major events July 31 with a show in Bangkok.

Three fights are slated for the card.

According to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), there will be no fans in attendance. 

The UFC resumed on May 9 with UFC 249 in an empty VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The bulk of the UFC's events have taken place at its Apex training facility in Las Vegas, and President Dana White unveiled the long-awaited details surrounding "Fight Island" in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

In an interview with the AP, One Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong alluded to the logistical hurdles the company has experienced in preparing for a return amid the COVID-19 pandemic:

"Most national borders remain closed in Asia, and this has posed unique logistical and operational challenges. However, our superstar team at One Championship continues to work hard to deliver fans the authentic martial arts experiences they crave. Our athletes are ready to showcase their skills and tell their stories."

One Championship's last marquee show was Feb. 28 in Kallang, Singapore. In the main event, Janet Todd won a split decision over Stamp Fairtex to claim the kickboxing women's atomweight title.

The AP noted the July 31 card includes two muay thai title bouts and a kickboxing match, with an MMA fight likely to be added.

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