Today ONE Fighting Championship announced the commencement of their broadcast on ESPN Star Sports, as their media partnership launches tomorrow. The agreement is retroactive to the first event, Champion versus Champion, and will be broken down into ‘episodes’ of 90 minutes, 60 minutes, and 30 minute highlights respectively. Therefore, at some point, all of the bouts on the card will be broadcast.
Here is the schedule for the first airing (not all countries may be included):
China: Thursday 22:30 Star Sports
India: Thursday 21:30 Star Sports
Indonesia: Thursday 23:00 Star Sports
Macau: Thursday 23:00 Star Sports
Malaysia: Friday 23:00 Star Sports
Pakistan: Thursday 21:30 Star Sports
Singapore: Thursday 23:00 Star Sports
Taiwan: Friday 00:00 Star Sports
Thailand:Thursday 23:00 Star Sports
Here is the text of the press release:
ESPN STAR Sports Commences Broadcast of ONE Fighting Championship™ on 14 March 2012
13 March 2012 – Singapore: Beginning 14 March 2012, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) will air on the region’s biggest sports content provider ESPN STAR Sports. Following the formal announcement of an unprecedented 10-year media partnership, ESPN STAR Sports is the only cable television broadcaster with the exclusive rights to air ONE FC content across Asia.
CEO and Owner of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui said, “Tomorrow marks the first broadcast of our 10-year partnership with ESPN STAR Sports. ONE FC content will reach an incredible 350 million viewers in 24 countries throughout the region. It is the largest sports media deal in Asian history and we are proud to showcase the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions. Viewers across Asia will now get to witness why mixed martial arts is the fastest growing sport in the world.”
Also added to the event is Jason Chambers as a commentator:
ONE Fighting Championship™ Signs “The Human Weapon” Jason Chambers as Official Commentator
13 March 2012 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) has formally signed Jason Chambers as one of its official commentators to be a part of Asia’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Chambers is best known for hosting the popular martial arts television series on The History Channel, Human Weapon. Chambers is a seasoned martial artist holding a professional MMA record of 18 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws. His 15 years of industry experience has cemented him as a well-respected expert on all things MMA and will enable him to deliver unrivaled play-by-play analysis at all ONE FC events.
Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Fighting Championship™ (http://www.onefc.com) is Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization. ONE Fighting Championship™ hosts the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Fighting Championship™ has partnered with ESPN STAR Sports, the number one leader in sports content, for an unprecedented 10-year cable television deal with a coverage that spans across 24 countries in Asia.