ONE Championship is teaming with the United Nations to bring more voices to the table as part of the global organization's 75th anniversary.

The athletes of ONE are inviting their fans to participate in a one-minute survey from the UN that will inform global priorities moving forward.

Joining the initiative will be active competitors Vitor Belfort, "The Panda" Xiong Jing Nan, Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama, Ritu Phogat, Rika Ishige, Bi Nguyen, Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol, and ONE Championship Vice President Miesha Tate.


On July 14th, ONE will also host a webinar entitled Together As ONE #UN75. The webinar will feature speakers discussing the role of sport, brand, and business industries have in unifying communities across the world.

Hua Fung Teh, Group President of ONE Championship, said, "I'm thrilled to be participating in this webinar with the UN, a global organization that drives international change and brings communities together."

"ONE Championship, like the UN, is a values-based organization, and our mission is to unleash real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams, and inspiration. We believe in the unifying power of sports, especially in these difficult times, and collaboration with entities like the UN represents our continued commitment to effect positive change in the community via our global platform."

The global pandemic has heightened the importance of unity and cooperation around the world as every nation faces the challenge together.

UN Under-Secretary-General Fabrizio Hochschild said, "It is absolutely crucial that we listen better to the concerns of people across the world and come up with effective solutions on how we can bring people closer together, overcome shared fears, and better serve future generations."

Joining Hua Fung and Hochschild will be Cheryl Goh, the Group Vice President of Marketing at Grab, and Dr. Daiana Beitler, the Regional Business Lead, Philanthropies at Microsoft Asia.

"Working with a dynamic organization like ONE Championship, we hope that together, we can make a meaningful impact through the UN75 initiative," stated Hochschild.

Fans can take the one-minute UN survey here.

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The 2021 championships were originally slated to be hosted by Uzbekistan with Hungary to have hosted the 2022 tournament. The world championships will be a qualifying event for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

On Friday, October 30, ONE Championship presents ONE: Inside The Matrix. The event will feature World Championship contests across four divisions with some of the best and most exciting global stars.

The six-bout card from Singapore will air live and free on the B/R Live app starting at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST.

Click here to find out how to watch the event if you live outside of the United States.

A Card Full Of Finishers

If there is anything fans should know going into ONE: Inside The Matrix, it is to have their snacks ready because every contest will feature athletes who can finish bouts in the blink of an eye.

Two title challengers, Thanh Le and Iuri Lapicus enter their respective World Championship clashes with perfect finishing rates. However, both of their opponents, Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen and Christian "The Warrior" Lee respectively, have finishing rates above 90%.

In the main event, both Aung La "The Burmese Python" N Sang and Reinier "The Dutch Knight" De Ridder have finishing rates of 92%.

And strawweights "The Panda" Xiong Jing Nan and Tiffany "No Chill" Teo have also finished more than half of their wins before going to the scorecards. In an evening of title tilts, every match for gold is filled with the possibility of a show-stealing ending.

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Gaethje employed a stick and move strategy that helped him avoid Nurmagomedov's relentless wrestling game until the end of the first round when the champion took him to the mat and easily passed his guard going for an armbar attempt. Though the bell sounded before Nurmagomedov could cinch in the armbar, he was instantly back to work in the second round taking Gaethje down, mounting him and wrapping his legs around the challenger's neck to fall back into a perfect triangle choke. Gaethje quickly tapped but, when referee Jason Herzog was slow to step in, he appeared to briefly go unconscious.

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Nurmagomedov, competing for the first time since his father passed away earlier in the year, immediately announced this would be his final fight. If he does stay away from the cage, he leaves the sport with an unblemished 29-0 record.

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