ONE Championship is within the course of a four-week bustle of consecutive primetime events on TNT, which continues Wednesday night with ONE on TNT III at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The series bought off to an appealing originate up with ONE on TNT I, where old UFC champions Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez made their returns, which resulted in disappointing model. Johnson misplaced by 2d-spherical knockout to flyweight champion Adriano Moraes, while Alvarez became as soon as disqualified in his fight with Iuri Lapicus due to the of unlawful punches.
Sooner than ONE on TNT III, MMA Junkie caught up with ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong, who mentioned how the TNT series goes, the likelihood of Alvarez’s DQ being overturned, the doable of Johnson to select up a genuine now title rematch, gentle-weight champion Christian Lee’s success, and more.
You might perhaps presumably gaze the total interview within the video above or read beneath for answers to about a of those subjects.
“It is far a huge 2d for the U.S. market, and I even luxuriate in blended feelings due to the ONE on TNT I started within the worst manner that which which you might perhaps perhaps presumably also deem of with a DQ, full buzzkill, 15 minutes of down time. We made heaps of manufacturing errors, as smartly, so issues we did had been each and every in our defend an eye on and out of our defend an eye on. Apt, it became as soon as Murphy’s Law. We had 9 fights pick up canceled due to the of COVID – this, that and the completely different. It became as soon as true one among those loopy issues that exemplifies the poandemic generation that we’re in. That being acknowledged, I became as soon as very delighted with the social media buzz that we generated with ONE on TNT I. … We made some errors right here and there with the manufacturing, but we corrected every thing on TNT II, and I’m taking a search ahead to TNT III, and IV clearly. Knock on wood that issues don’t pick up – COVID or Murphy’s Law or irrespective of you prefer to luxuriate in to call it.”
“It is far beneath evaluation. The panel of 15 self sustaining inner and external martial arts consultants are reviewing it. Here’s what we know factually, so removed from the panel and moreover my have non-public opinion: They’re positively unlawful blows. I don’t know, anywhere from three to 5 within the help of the head. You might perhaps presumably look it within the stills, which which you might perhaps perhaps presumably also look it within the late spin, but Eddie had no visibility. It’s now not relish Eddie became as soon as doing it intentionally, compatible? I don’t deem there became as soon as any mal-intent by Eddie. Really, I do know. I do know Eddie smartly, and he’s a trusty man. There had been two referee warnings, ‘Abet of the head, reduction of the head,’ but Eddie gentle went for it. Now, the take a look at of is whether or now not the ref might perhaps perhaps gentle’ve issued a red card and stopped the action, or if he might perhaps perhaps gentle’ve issued a yellow card, a warning or a standup. I deem that’s where the debate is: Is this really DQ subject fabric or is that this a no contest subject fabric? … The take a look at of of red card comes all of the vogue down to the intent. If the panel thinks there became as soon as no mal-intent, then it’s that which which you might perhaps perhaps presumably also deem of that the DQ gets overturned to a no contest.”
“There might perhaps be an valid possibility. Eddie and I spoke about it when he became as soon as in Singapore right here. Oscar De La Hoya does wish to fight Eddie Alvarez, and I deem it’d be a barnburner of a fight, and I suggested Eddie I became as soon as supportive. Take into accout that, ONE Championship does luxuriate in contractual rights, but I’m a huge De La Hoya fan, and if he desires to slug it out with Eddie, I’m concerned about it.”
“I deem DJ’s gonna luxuriate in to blueprint his manner reduction, due to the it became as soon as a extremely convincing victory. I would express DJ has to fight a couple more instances, two or three more instances to expose his mettle against completely different flyweight contenders.”