By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
ONE Championship’s ascent as a global sports media property continued after recently closing a $166-million Series D financing round led by Sequiao Capital.
In an announcement released by the group on Monday, with the latest equity investment, that counts Temasek, Greenoaks Capital, and others as new investors, ONE said its total capital base has now exceeded $250 million.
Established in 2011, ONE Championship has steadily grown across the board, with its offerings going beyond top-class mixed martial arts action.
Just last weekend, it staged its first boxing event that featured the title defense of World Boxing Council super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand and challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz of Mexico in a show dubbed “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” in Bangkok.
It has also been active in promoting other forms of martial arts by way of its Super Series, which is a unique league designed to give martial artists another pathway to showcase what they can do on a professional level, be it in Muay Thai, Lethwei, Silat, Karate, Taekwondo, Sambo, Kung Fu, Sanda and Wushu.
ONE Championship, too, has expanded its reach, making itself available in various platforms, including via its mobile super app which was launched in May.