ONE Championship reveals Thai broadcast deal with Channel 7, as first Lumpinee card takes shape
- ONE’s 2023 events will air on Channel 7 HD in Thailand, the promotion confirms at a star-studded press conference in Bangkok
- Weekly ONE Lumpinee cards at famed stadium will feature Muay Thai, kickboxing and mixed martial arts bouts
ONE Championship’s coming events in the famed Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand will air on Channel 7 HD, the country’s largest free-to-air television network.
The Singapore-based promotion revealed its new Thai broadcast deal at a press conference at Channel 7 HD’s Studio 8 in Bangkok this week, with a host of its top Thai fighters on location.
“It’s an honour to announce that Channel 7, Thailand’s largest broadcaster, and Tero Entertainment will be the new home for live broadcasts of ONE Championship in Thailand beginning in 2023,” ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong said.
“This collaboration will allow Thai fans to watch the world’s best martial arts action live in prime time, including the historic ONE Lumpinee events.”
ONE will debut at Lumpinee, Thailand’s most famous Muay Thai stadium, on January 20, with subsequent events slated for every Friday thereafter. The events will feature Muay Thai, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts contests.
The first ONE Lumpinee card will be headlined by a bantamweight Muay Thai title fight, with Thai champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao – one of the sport’s greatest fighters – defending his belt against Russia’s Alaverdi Ramazanov.
A catchweight clash between Seksan Or Kwanmuang and Tyson Harrison will also feature. Both men will be making their debuts in ONE.
Thailand’s Seksan, 33, is a former Rajadamnern Stadium champion, with a host of accolades and experience against some of the sport’s top fighters, including reigning flyweight Muay Thai champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon, whom he fought twice outside the ONE umbrella in 2019.
Australia’s Harrison has not accomplished as much as his foe, but has some good experience himself, notably battling ONE veteran Lerdsila to a decision loss last year.
In addition to the ONE Lumpinee cards, ONE’s tentpole events, which air on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service in the United States and Canada, will also air on Channel 7 HD in Thailand.
The next Prime card on the calendar is slated for January 14, also in Bangkok, with Thai featherweight kickboxing Superbon Singha Mawynn defending his belt against Belarus’ Chingiz Allazov in the main event.
The card will also feature a number of ONE’s other top fighters, including Superlek Kiatmoo9, who will challenge Ilias Ennahachi for flyweight kickboxing gold in the co-main event, and Rodtang, who will meet Daniel Puertas in a non-title kickboxing clash on the main card.
Atomweight contender Stamp Fairtex, arguably Thailand’s top MMA fighter, will also return to action on the card, taking on striking star Anissa Meksen in a special rules attraction that will alternate between Muay Thai and MMA rules, one round at a time.