Turner Sports has reached a three-year partnership with ONE Championship (ONE), the world’s largest martial arts organization and the biggest global sports media property in Asian history, to distribute its live event coverage in the United States. Per terms of the agreement, B/R Live – Turner’s live sports streaming service – will be the primary destination for ONE Championship live events each year. B/R Live will present its first live ONE Championship event on Saturday, Jan. 19, with 24 overall events scheduled in 2019.
B/R Live will also distribute shoulder programming surrounding the live event experience. Additionally, Turner’s TNT will televise at least 12 one-hour, taped re-airs featuring ONE Championship events per year.
“ONE Championship is one of the most popular mixed martial arts organizations in the world, with a high concentration of passionate, millennial fans that make it a perfect fit for B/R Live and TNT,” said Lenny Daniels, President, Turner Sports. “We will leverage every opportunity within our portfolio to partner with ONE Championship and help further expand its footprint in the U.S.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Turner Sports, a truly iconic industry leader of premium sports content, to bring authentic, world-class martial arts action to American fans,” said Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship. “As the Home of Martial Arts, ONE Championship has a simple formula of values, heroes, and stories that have resonated deeply across the globe. We look forward to showcasing the greatest martial artists in the world.”
Additional scheduling and distribution information, including pricing, will be shared at a later date.
ONE Championship is an organization that hosts bouts across all styles of martial arts including Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling and more.
ONE Championship recently made headlines when it expanded its roster with high-profile U.S. talent signings Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson last October, followed by “Super” Sage Northcutt in November. The mixed martial arts standouts are set to join ONE Championship existing stars such as Singapore’s “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, the Philippines’ Eduard “Landslide” Folayang and Myanmar’s “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang.
This distribution agreement was reached in collaboration between Turner and ONE Championship, in association with Evolution Media.