Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, ONE Championship Chief Executive Officer Chatri Sityodtong has decided to indefinitely postpone all the promotion’s May events.
This includes Singapore shows ONE: Dreams (May 1) and ONE: Inspiration (May 8). Also postponed was ONE: Infinity 1, a closed-door event that was supposed to be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on May 29.
The enhanced community quarantine enforced in Manila since March 15 has been extended to May 15 as of last week. Meanwhile, Singapore will be on lockdown until June 1.
“All May events for ONE Championship will be postponed until further notice due to the recent COVID-19 developments (border closings and lockdowns) across most countries in Asia,” read the Thai entrepreneur’s statement.
“Our highest priority remains the safety and health of our athletes, officials, staff, fans, and the public during these challenging times.”
Infinity 1 had a stacked card on paper, headlined by a title showdown pitting ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera (16-8) taking on Indian challenger Arjan Bhullar (10-1).
ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee (13-3) was also slated to defend his crown against undefeated prospect Iuri Lapicus (14-0). On the other hand, former UFC World Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez (30-7) looked to settle some unfinished business versus Saygid Arslanaliev (8-2).
The last event ONE held was King of the Jungle back in February 28.
Despite the limitations that they are facing, Sityodtong vows that the ONE Championship team is working around the clock to find ways of resuming its operations.
“My team and I are working around the clock on multiple options to bring back our events as soon as safely possible.”
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