We spoke with ONE founder, chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, who said he is committed to keeping athletes and fans safe while finding a way to keep the show going on.
ONE was the first global sports organization in the world to host events with no fans in attendance when they did so on Feb. 28 in Singapore.
“Unless there’s a total shutdown of the country where people can’t leave their houses, these fights will happen,” UFC president Dana White said on “SportsCenter” on March 15 after carrying on with an event in an empty arena in Brazil.
After postponing an event originally scheduled for March 20, ONE added four closed-door events from April to May in hopes of making up for lost time.
"We obviously have broadcasting commitments and live sports content is the king of all content, but when sports properties don’t host events, they don’t have any cost aside from what’s going on day to day in their facilities.