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Rich Franklin – VP of ONE Championship – describes his transition from elite MMA fighter to executive at Asia’s largest sports property, and his role in ONE’s expansion into the U.S.


A lot has changed since we published our interview ONE Founder Chatri Sityodtong, including their debut U.S. event last May. An important part of Rich’s role is working with cities to get new events approved, including upcoming showcases in Denver and Atlanta.



3:15 – ONE Championship is not just an MMA company

5:35 – Last year’s U.S. debut in Denver

10:50 – Getting the rule set approved

12:20 – The Amazon Prime streaming deal

13:50 – Goals for the future

14:45 – Rich’s background in martial arts

21:00 – The shift from athlete to executive

27:55 – Rapid Fire Questions


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