ONE Championship (ONE) announced today a new upcoming documentary called Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior series.
The 43-year-old Franklin (29-7-0, 1NC), a former UFC middleweight champion and a current vice-president at ONE, will be featured in the documentary visiting gyms across Asia in search of talent who will compete against each other in exhibition bouts for a six-figure contract.
Some of the cities Franklin will be visiting include Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing.
The first episode is scheduled for Q1 2018.
“I am pleased to announce Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series,” Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and CEO of ONE Championship said in a press release. “At ONE Championship, one of our biggest missions is taking martial arts, Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, and placing it front and center for the entire world to witness. One of the ways to do this is by developing local homegrown martial arts superheroes. We are excited to travel across Asia, visiting the most iconic cities, to discover the next big superstar.”
“Asia is the hotbed of the industry’s top martial arts prospects,” Franklin added. “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.”
The episodes are expected to have a format of 30 minutes.