New deal to boost Muay Thai in UK


One Championship and MTGP UK have announced a long-term partnership to host a pair of Road To One Muay Thai tournaments later this year.

Eight Muay Thai fighters in two different weight classes will compete for a chance to receive a One Championship contract worth US$100,000.

One is the world’s largest martial arts organisation and a top-five global sports property for viewership and engagement, according to Nielsen.

One events showcase the full spectrum of martial arts, with world-class athletes, representing over 80 countries, competing across MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, submission grappling, and other disciplines.

MTGP is one of the leading combat sports promotions in Europe.

One chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said: “I’ve known Philip [Tieu] for quite a while now, and I’m simply amazed at how much Muay Thai talent there is in the UK. That’s why I’m so pleased to announce this partnership with MTGP UK.

“One Championship remains committed to providing martial arts athletes on the regional scene a platform to showcase their talents, and to potentially earn a US$100,000 contract to compete in One Championship’s international events.”

MTGP UK CEO Philip Tieu said: “I’m proud to announce our partnership with One Championship. MTGP will team up with One Championship to create the Road To One UK tournaments, where the best athletes in the UK can showcase their skills for an opportunity to win a six-figure contract with One Championship. This is a long-term relationship, which will elevate the UK fight scene and grow the sport of Muay Thai in a way we never thought was possible.

“I truly believe the two companies are a perfect match and that by working with Chatri Sityodtong, it will only expand the sport of Muay Thai even further and take it to new heights.”

Andy Howson went on to say; We’re so excited about this partnership with Chatri and One Championship. Now I’m retired and can no longer fight for the company, to be able to still be involved with the One family and to help bring One to the UK alongside the guys at MTGP is amazing. Hat off to Phil for being able to sort something like this, it’s truly a game changer for the UK Muay Thai, K1 & MMA fighters. We already have some amazing talent here in the UK and I think this announcement is only going to push out fighters to be even better in hope of been signed.