ONE: A NEW ERA Hits Blockbuster Status With 41.9 Million Viewership
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 16, 2019 03:17 PM
“I'm thrilled to announce that ONE: A New Era in Japan broke a new record viewership high for ONE Championship with 41.9m viewers from around the world,” - ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong
ONE Championship continued to make gigantic leaps as it once against established itself as the king of Asian mixed martial arts after posting staggering numbers for ONE: A NEW ERA.
ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong shared on his social media that their debut in Japan last 31 March had 41.9 million viewers according to surveyor Nielsen.
It was a huge step for The Home Of Martial Arts and they have no plans of stopping anytime soon.
“I'm thrilled to announce that ONE: A New Era in Japan broke a new record viewership high for ONE Championship with 41.9m viewers from around the world,” he proudly shared on his social media.
“While it did not hit the target of 50 million that my team and I had set out to achieve when we decided to throw this mega event in Tokyo, I am full of gratitude and appreciation to the greatest fans in the world.”
The event featured the best martial artists in the organization including Filipino mixed martial arts hero, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang which took on Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki in the main event for the ONE Lightweight World Championship.
Folayang dropped the World Title to Aoki via first-round submission as his teammate Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon likewise suffered the same fate after being disqualified against Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes to relinquish the ONE Bantamweight World Championship.
Danny “The King” Kingad was the lone saving grace for Team Lakay as he beat Senzo Ikeda in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.
Given the momentum that ONE has gained in that event, Chatri is upping the ante even further as he targets nine-digit viewership in the next three years.
Difficult as it sounds, it’s something that’s very feasible according to Sityodtong.
“Our three-year goal is to achieve an average of 100m viewers per event,” said Sityodtong. “It might sound crazy, but I work with the best team on the planet.”