ONE Championship today announced the introduction of the ONE Agent Certification program. These new guidelines require all agents and managers working with the promotion’s fighters to meet a very strict set of criteria.

According to the press release:

All Agents representing any ONE Championship athlete must be accredited with the ONE Agent Certification. ONE Championship reserves the right to revoke or deny the accreditation of any agent at its sole discretion.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, explained why he felt these changes were necessary,

“At ONE Championship we are always upgrading and improving all of our systems and processes across the company to ensure a healthy ecosystem for all parties. For as many decades as I can remember, agent and manager fraud has always been a big problem in Asia. ONE Championship aims to create a healthier, happier and safer environment for our athletes both in and out of the arena.”

The criteria for anyone wanting to represent one of ONE Championship’s fighters is as follows:

  • Currently a resident in Asia for at least one (1) year
  • No prior criminal record
  • No history or current ongoing matters of legal or lawsuit activity with any athlete
  • A minimum of 10 years of related experience in the martial arts industry
  • Must possess a College or University Degree

With the likes of Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson reportedly earning close to 1 million USD per fight there is clearly a lot of money to be made by representing fighters on the ONE Championship roster. This new policy will strictly regulate who gets to make it.