The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced that Japanese mixed martial arts legend Yushin “Thunder” Okami has joined the promotion.
With a professional record of 35 wins and 12 losses, Okami is one of the most prolific martial artists to emanate from Japan over the last two decades. With a career that began in 2002, Okami has competed in numerous weight classes — from light heavyweight all the way down to welterweight — in various Japanese promotions including Pride and Pancrase.
Okami has defeated some of the biggest names in the industry, athletes such as Ryuta Sakurai, multiple-time mixed martial arts World Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva, Evan Tanner, Mike Swick, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz, multiple-time Pancrase Middleweight World Champion Nate Marquardt, and former Bellator World Champion Hector Lombard, among others.
A black belt holder in Judo, Okami has also taken part in numerous high-profile grappling tournaments including the famed ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in 2003.
Okami is highly-skilled in all areas of martial arts, featuring world-class grappling skills paired with tremendous knockout power. He brings his veteran experience over to ONE Championship, instantly becoming a top contender.
The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced that Hua Fung Teh has been promoted to Group President of ONE Championship.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “It is an honor and a privilege to announce today that Hua Fung Teh has taken on a new role as Group President of ONE Championship. Hua Fung has helped ONE Championship enormously across multiple departments with his leadership, strategic thinking, and execution. I am full of gratitude and appreciation for his important contributions to our sacred mission. Hua Fung is now the senior-most leader after myself and Saurabh Mittal, and the second-in-command executive leader at ONE.”
Hua Fung Teh, Group President of ONE Championship, stated: “I am deeply honored to be named Group President of ONE Championship, and am humbled that Chatri and my teammates have entrusted me with this responsibility. I will continue to serve them, our fans, our athletes and our partners with all my heart in our quest to bring authentic martial arts action to the world and unleash real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams and inspiration.”
Teh was previously the Chief Financial Officer and Chairman, Greater China of ONE Championship. He was responsible for various aspects of the company’s operations including finance, human resources, corporate development, media rights and digital partnerships. He also led key strategic projects globally and oversaw the company’s Greater China business.
Prior to ONE, Teh was a Principal at global private equity firm TPG Capital (TPG), where he was a senior member of the Southeast Asia investment team. He also served on TPG’s China and US teams. Prior to TPG, Teh was an aviator with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and held leadership positions both at the RSAF and at Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he was a key member of the team that brought the Formula One Grand Prix (F1) to Singapore and organized the first night race in F1 history in 2008.
A Taekwondo black-belt holder, Teh graduated from Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a member of the men’s varsity basketball team. He also sits on the Global Steering Committee of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle and is a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum.
The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced a historic collaboration with Mark Ong, an internationally renowned Singaporean designer, artist and owner of custom design company SBTG Surplus & Co. Mark, better known as Mr. Sabotage (SBTG), grew to fame as a sneaker customizer and custom streetwear artist. With this collaboration, ONE and SBTG have joined forces to celebrate the intersection of sports and culture, and its positive impact on modern society.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “It is with great excitement that I announce this collaboration between ONE Championship and SBTG. When ONE first launched its athleisure business in 2018, we mentioned working with world-renowned streetwear and lifestyle artists to create unique designs that represent the ONE brand. Mark Ong’s SBTG and ONE Championship, both born and raised in the heart of Singapore, creates the perfect working synergy. With this collaboration, ONE Championship continues to expand the boundaries of a traditional sports property, weaving itself as a thread in the fabric of Asian society. We hope to inspire not just ONE Championship fans all across the world, but also fans across the art, design, streetwear, sneaker customization, skateboarding, and lifestyle spheres that are defining youth culture.”
Mark Ong, Founder of SBTG Surplus, stated: “ONE Championship celebrates one of Asia’s greatest cultural treasures, martial arts, and its deep-rooted values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline and compassion. Martial Arts has a very deep history, it is a form of Art. Being apart of ONE Championship’s journey means my artwork is being celebrated by ONE, at the same time, ONE is celebrating martial artists and the entire culture around Asia. As a lifelong artist, I identify with the Athletes’ work ethic, commitment to their craft, and goal of inspiring the next generation. It is a great honor for me.”
Growing up skateboarding and listening to punk rock, Ong channels a DIY punk ethos with a strong military aesthetic, resulting in different camouflage prints on several of his works. Starting off hand-painting sneakers back in the early 2000’s, Ong sold one of his first customized sneakers and realized he could create a viable career with his unique creations. After building a reputation as one of the best artistic talents in the sneaker customization sphere, Ong started his own streetwear brand, SBTG Surplus. Since then, SBTG has worked with global brands such as Nike, Asics, G-Shock, Arsenal F.C., Paris-Saint German F.C., and attracted the attention of celebrities such as basketball legend Kobe Bryant, two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda, and recognition by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
For this collaboration, SBTG has created a custom iconic camouflage design exclusive to ONE Championship, with the first design expressed on a limited-edition ONE x SBTG Camo T-Shirt, making its debut globally on the 19th of February, available at https://bit.ly/2V26VcU. Future collaborations could feature the camouflage design included in limited edition hoodies, grappling gloves, jiu-jitsu Gi’s, and more.