23 January 2018 – Singapore: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has recently released the first episode of the new documentary series, “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” which features martial arts legend Rich “Ace” Franklin as he travels from gym to gym all across Asia in search of the next martial arts superstar.
Episode 1 of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series can be found here: https://youtu.be/Csjy1z58ews
The first episode of the documentary series chronicles Franklin’s time at the Bangkok tryouts, where he carefully screened martial arts talent to join the show. Joining Franklin on the episode was ONE Championship superstars from Thailand, Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai and Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige.
Franklin was also able to experience the sights and unique flavors of Bangkok during his visit, including a leisurely trip down the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market while sampling a deep-fried scorpion from the city’s diverse street food scene.
Franklin, a multiple-time middleweight world champion, will travel to various Asian nations to visit local gyms beginning in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing to discover new and upcoming martial arts talent. Deserving prospects will be rewarded with a six-figure contract with ONE Championship.
The promotion’s elite video production team will be following Franklin’s journey across the region, chronicling the action to produce a series of compelling documentary videos.
Rich Franklin, Vice President of ONE Championship, stated: “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 5,000 years.
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. 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.”
Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series is a new documentary feature which will run in multiple episodes. Since the establishment of ONE Championship in 2011, various martial arts athletes have shot into superstardom in Asia, names such as “Unstoppable” Angela Lee of Singapore, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines, and “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar. Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series aims at discovering new talent, providing promising young athletes with the platform to unleash their martial arts greatness.
The screening and tryouts process will consist of pad sessions, grappling demonstrations, conditioning exams, and an interview process, among others. Once selected, athletes will compete in trial exhibition bouts with a chance at earning a six-figure contract with ONE Championship based on performance.