ONE Championship postpones series of behind closed doors events
ONE Championship will not be able to hold a series of behind closed doors in Singapore this month. The events are postponed indefinitely after a series of new restrictions were implemented to fight the spread of coronavirus, or Covid-19.
ONE Championship Founder / CEO Chatri Sityodtong took to Facebook to break the bad news:
The situation in Singapore has deteriorated in recent weeks. Schools are closed and there have been over 1,000 confirmed cases with at least five deaths.
ONE Championship had scheduled four behind closed doors fight cards in Singapore. The events were set to take place every Friday night starting on April 17th.
Initially the promotion planned to feature some of its biggest stars in these events. Featherweight champion Martin Nguyen was booked to face top contender Thanh Le while strawweight champion Xiong Jing Nan also had a bout booked.
Other fighters preparing for bouts included top featherweight contender Garry Tonon but as more and more countries closed their borders it became increasingly clear that these fight cards would be impossible to put together.
The list of MMA events that have been cancelled or postponed in recent days include Pancrase 313 and 314, Deep Cage Impact Osaka, Shooto 0329 and Rizin 22 and 23. The only notable event currently on the calendar is Road to ONE 2, promoted by Shooto, which will take place in Tokyo on April 17th and features Shinya Aoki in a grappling match.