Rich “Ace” Franklin’s search for Asia’s next martial arts superstar has kicked off, and ONE Championship will finally premiere its highly-anticipated original documentary program, “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series,” on Monday, 22 January.
The pilot episode will start streaming on the company’s official YouTube channel at 4pm (GMT +8), with a new episode added every Monday.
The series follows Franklin, the Vice President of ONE Championship, as he travels across the continent to experience Asian culture, and discover the most promising martial arts talents in the region. To do so, he visits the top gyms in Bangkok, Thailand; Manila, Philippines; Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Beijing, China.
Throughout the series, fans will get to see aspiring martial artists demonstrate their skills for the former Middleweight World Champion, and compete in bouts to prove themselves in battle. The most deserving prospects will be rewarded with six-figure contracts, and a chance to compete for billions across the globe in ONE Championship.
“Asia is the hotbed of the industry’s top martial arts prospects. It comes as no surprise, since martial arts has been home to the region for the past 5000 years,” Franklin says.
“Throughout my time in ONE Championship, I have been witness to some of the best martial arts talent I have ever seen. Stars today such as Angela Lee and Eduard Folayang came from the grassroots level of talent in Asia and the next martial arts superstar is just waiting to be discovered.”
In the past few years, several Asian martial artists have emerged to become global superstars in ONE Championship. The illustrious list includes Malaysia’s Agilan Thani, Singapore’s Amir Khan, Thailand’s Shannon Wiratchai, China’s Ma Hao Bin, Indonesia’s Stefer Rahardian, and reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion Aung La N Sang of Myanmar.
With over 4.4 billion people living in Asia, there are several young martial artists waiting to be discovered, and Franklin has taken it upon himself to find those talents and give them a platform to succeed on the highest level of competition.
“Follow me on this journey to showcase Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, and join me on the hunt to find ONE Championship’s new wave of superstars,” Franklin says.