ONE Championship will be making its U.S. debut on May 5 at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield.
The card is headlined by a flyweight title bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and Adriano Moraes. This is the rubber match between the two mixed martial artists. Moraes won their first encounter in April 2021, winning via technical knockout in the second round. Johnson won the rematch and the belt in August 2022 after winning with a flying knee knockout in the fourth round.
One of the world’s biggest MMA companies, this is the Singapore-based combat sports organization’s first foray onto American soil.
“We are very grateful for the support of the state athletic commission and look forward to putting on an unforgettable show for our passionate fanbase in the U.S. and those watching around the world,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said in a news release.
Tickets will go on sale at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Fans can sign-up for a 10 a.m. Friday pre-sale here. There’s also an option to pick up VIP packages through Stage Front VIP, which includes meet-and-greets, event collectibles and after-party access.
Colorado is no stranger to MMA debuts. The former McNichols Arena was home to the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship event on Nov. 12, 1993.
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