With the rising digital content in Asia, an MMA organization took their startup company to become the top sports media property in just five years. Since their conception, the growth of One Championship has risen to great heights and continues to grow their fan base throughout the globe.
Currently, the MMA giant rose from the top MMA promotion in Asia to beating out the competition in other sports. As of the moment, One Championship sets another milestone as the largest media property in Asian history due to its large broadcast span that can be seen by one billion viewers in 118 countries around the world.
One Championship founder and billionaire, Chatri Sityodtong has envisioned a sport that would unite Asia and saw martial arts as a way to bridge Asian cultures because of its rich fighting traditions rooted 5,000 years in history. Today, One Championship has become a household name in Asia and has produced MMA heroes from different countries.
Here is the list of the top 10 media properties in Asia:
One Championship – Established in 2011, the organization has helped MMA to be considered as a Pan-Asian sport in Asian history. The MMA giant now holds MMA icons in Asia with the names in the of Brandon Vera (USA/Philippines), Roger Gracie (Brazil), Vitaly Bigdash (Russia), Ben Askren (USA), Eduard Folayang (Philippines), Marat Gafurov (Russia), Bibiano Fernandes (Brazil), Kairat Akhmetov (Kazakhstan), Toshitaki Naito (Japan) and Angela Lee (Singapore).
Singapore Grand Prix – The first of its kind in Asia since its establishment in 1996, the Formula 1 or F1 races occur on the Marina Bay Street Circuit and held on an annual basis.
Nippon Baseball (NPB) – One of the most popular sports in Japan where baseball is considered a religion. Formed in 1950, the NPB is the east version of the Major League Baseball (MLB). The Japanese based baseball league has two six-team circuits (Central and Pacific League) and the top clubs from each league compete for the Japan Series, the championship series of the NPB.
Vivo Indian Premier League – Cricket is the most popular sport in India and the IPL is a young league that was born in 2008. Currently, the professional cricket league is valued at $1.6 in just less than 10 years of operation.
Chinese Basketball League – Founded in 1996, the CBA was responsible in nourishing Chinese basketball talents like Yao Ming, Menke Bateer, Wang Zhizhi, Yi Jianlian and Sun Yue to become National Basketball Association (NBA) players. Today, the CBA has a reputation as the most competitive basketball league in Asia and is currently a stage for former NBA players to revive their careers.
Philippine Basketball Association – The second oldest basketball league in the world (next to the NBA), the PBA holds a year-long season that is divided into three conferences. Founded in 1975, the league has been in business for 42 years and holds the Philippine (All-Filipino) Cup as the most prestigious conference. Currently, the PBA houses 12 professional franchised teams in which the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel holds the title as the most popular team.
AFF Suzuki Cup – Originally known as the Tiger Cup, this Southeast Asian based league is organized by the ASEAN Football Federation. National teams between the Southeast Asian regions compete on this biennial event. Thailand has the most AFF Suzuki Cup titles with five while Singapore is their closest rival with four.
Asia League Ice Hockey – Formed in 20013, the ALIH is Asia’s professional hockey league that is composed of nine teams from Japan, China, Russia and South Korea. The league promotes national team spirit but to add competitiveness, they allow teams to have a certain number of imports on their roster.
ASEAN Basketball League – Inaugurated in 2009, the basketball league is holds six teams from Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Each team are allowed two imports of non-ASEAN citizenship, three ASEAN imports and one player with one Southeast Asian parent and seven local players.
V. Premier Leauge – Japan’s top-level competition for Volleyball, the league was established in 1994 and the sport’s popularity has been increasing consistently. There league is gender divided to the Men’s and Women’s league with the JT Thunders currently are the defending champions in the men’s category, while the NEC Rockets are the dominant team in the women’s division.