ONE Championship has announced three new signings out of China, including top ranked flyweight Xiong Jingnan who comes to ONE after a long career with Kunlun.
The signing of Xiong Jingnan, Yang Fei and Zhao Zhikang are part of the promotion’s effort to expand its footprint in China.
ONE has also announced a new athlete scholarship program where martial artists from China are sent to train at top world-class facilities across Asia.
Travel, accommodations and monthly allowance will all be covered under the program.
“The Panda” Xiong Jingnan of Shandong is an upcoming female flyweight contender in ONE Championship and is known as one of the top three leading female martial arts talents in China.
With a professional record of 9-1, Xiong began her career competing in professional boxing and recently bagged a gold medal at the China Open Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament earlier this year.
Training at Phuket Top Team, and representing Alliance China, Xiong aims to showcase her martial arts talent to a global audience.
The 25-year-old Yang Fei of Jiangsu, is a newcomer to ONE Championship, but brings a professional record of two victories and only one defeat, with both of his wins coming by finish.
Growing up, Yang played football as a striker, and shortly after picked up martial arts when he entered university to become a police officer, graduating with a degree in law.
He was introduced to Sanda during his time at university, and instantly fell in love with the sport. Yang will his promotional debut Waqar Umar at ONE: Immortal Pursuit in Singapore.
22-year-old Zhao Zhikang of Inner Mongolia is a top Chinese martial arts star with a professional record of 9-2 and is a former CKF champion.
Although Zhao considers himself a striker first, the young competitor boasts six of his nine victories by submission, this in addition to his three knockouts.
All of Zhao’s victories have come by spectacular finish. Representing Shanxi Xindu Martial Arts Club, Zhao will look to make a name for himself in Asia’s largest martial arts platform.