Rich Franklin teases potential US venue for ONE Empower, other ONE events


Wealthy Franklin teases potential US venue for ONE Empower.

ONE Championship vice chairman, Wealthy Franklin, has revealed to FanSided MMA that the postponed ONE Empower may need a brand new venue and it’s going to make American followers very blissful. In an unique interview on Thursday, Franklin revealed he’s flown from Singapore to the USA, partly, to buy potential venues for the Asian promotions first US occasion.

“I don’t have an replace on One Empower,” Franklin mentioned. “I do know that we’re engaged on that, however I’ll say this to tease you guys slightly bit. I’m within the U.S. proper now as a result of One Championship is taking a look at bringing a card to U.S. soil, really. So there might or couldn’t be some type of overlap there with the postponed One Empower.

Anything I inform you, I can inform you however then I’d should kill you. It’s that sort of factor.”

ONE Empower was postponed because of coronavirus

ONE Empower was postponed because of Singapore’s well being and security protocol, leaving the promotion to air beforehand recorded fights. Earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, ONE Championship had voiced their want to carry an occasion in the USA and so they ramped up their promotion to the viewers on North America, together with airing a sequence of occasions that includes American fighters on TNT.

“Going into that present [One on TNT 1], we needed to and thought that we would have liked to, rely on our U.S.-based athletes, like those that had their followings right here: the Eddie Alvarez, Demetrius Johnson, and whatnot,” Franklin mentioned. “However what we realized after the published occurred is that rankings didn’t drop off. And folks had been actually within the international athletes as effectively. And a whole lot of that simply comes all the way down to the joy stage of the matches and the efficiency. So, you recognize, the pure intuition for us is like, effectively, perhaps it’s time to take a look at the U.S. So we’re over right here wanting round and poking our nostril and seeing what can occur.”

The total interview, which could be watched within the video play above or on YouTube, additionally sees Franklin reveal, in-depth, how ONE Championship’s hydration testing course of works, his opinions about weight reducing and concussion risks, his combat to observe at ONE Blast 2, how ONE Championship has been in a position to keep afloat throughout COVID and rather more.

ONE Full Blast 2 takes place on Friday, June 11, 2020, reside from Singapore. Observe together with FanSided for all of your reside information and highlights.



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