Where Should ONE Head To Next?

Last week, ONE FC announced it will be making its third sojourn into the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to hold the promotion’s still unnamed, seventeenth event. This announcement was certainly music to the ears of Indonesian fans, especially since the card will be following right on the heels of this month’s Honor and Glory. Yet for the legions of ONE FC fans outside of Southeast Asia, it still begs one question: when will they be able to see a ONE event live in their hometowns?

Last year, CEO Victor Cui told reporters that “Asia’s largest MMA organization” would host an event outside of Southeast Asia in 2014. Countries such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China were mentioned as possible venues. However, considering half of the year will be over by the time ONE leaves Jakarta, fans have to be wondering if Cui will follow through with his plans.

This is not to criticize Cui or ONE FC. Indeed, at less than three years old, ONE has held more events in more foreign countries than most (if not all) MMA promotions held when they were the same age. However, fans outside of Southeast Asia are no doubt screaming to see their favorite stars in person, and as a resident of Taiwan, I can’t help but join in the chorus.

In my Fight of the Night article, ONE FC in 2014: The East Asian Journey, I looked at five possible, East Asian venues for the next ONE FC event. But this time I want to hear from you, the ONE FC fans. Which country outside of Southeast Asia would you like to see ONE FC head to next?

Chris Zahar is an American-born journalist. He has been covering Asian MMA since 2013, and his work has been featured in both Fight of the Night and Yahoo Sports. He has also interviewed such top Asian, ONE FC stars as Rob Lisita, Paul Cheng, and Sam "Sung Ming Yen." Chris also has the honor of training at TOUGH MMA, the only Taiwanese fight team to have exclusive partnership with ONE Fighting Championship. In his spare time, Chris not only enjoys mixed martial arts, but studies politics, philosophy, and Chinese. He is also happily married and a proud father to his son. Chris resides in Taiwan.