A battle is set to happen in Singapore during the final weekend of March. And this fight will likely be unforgettable. After all, it’s happening in grand style at the Singapore Indoor Stadium—but it’s not what you think.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation One Championship’s 10-year anniversary extravaganza, One X, is finally happening on March 26 and it will bring together Angela Lee and Stamp Fairtex—two hugely popular athletes who will headline the massive event. The duo will face off for the first time as they battle it out for the women’s Atomweight world title, which Lee currently holds.
One X is special for a number of reasons but most significantly, it is the first large live-audience event that Singapore (or even Asia) has seen since the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“One X is a never-been-done-before mega-event featuring three cards, back-to-back, with multiple World Title fights, and an innovative special rules super-fight between Rodtang Jitmuangnon (Muay Thai) and Demetrious Johnson (MMA),” Hua Fung Teh, group president of Group One Holdings, shares with Tatler via e-mail. “So as a fan, there is a lot to look forward to!”
Indeed, Group One Holdings is among the largest and most influential sports organisations in the world. At the helm of it is Chatri Sityodtong, its founder, chairman and chief executive officer—who is well aware of how his company has grown in the past decade.
“We move at such a fast pace it can be hard to stop and smell the roses. But when I think about how far we’ve come since launching just over 10 years ago, it’s night and day,” Sityodtong tells us via e-mail. “I truly appreciate all of the rejections and failures that brought us to where we are today.”
10 years may seem like an impressive period of time for any organisation or company to have enjoyed continued success and achievements. But Sityodtong says this is just the beginning for One Championship.
In their own words below, both Sityodtong and Teh share what they’re most excited to see at One X, what’s next for One Championship and their most memorable experiences within the organisation thus far.