Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series: Bactol, Kim, and Park all earn $100K and fight contract
Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series concluded Mar. 31 in Singapore with three winners who all earned $100,000 USD and a fight contract with ONE Championship.
Rockie Bactol, Woonkyum Kim, and Daesong Park emerged victorious in the talent search reality show, which featured the ONE Warrior Series CEO Franklin and co-host Jonathan Fong touring across Asia.
Shahid Siddiqui, JD Hardwick, and Fiaizan Khan received Warrior cash award bonuses for standout performances.
“This event just proved that scouting is not a perfect science,” said Rich Franklin, CEO of ONE Warrior Series. “While Rockie Bactol and Woonkyum Kim were both prospects in which I see promise, we initially passed on Daesong Park in the tryout process only for him to come back and blow us all away with his indomitable spirit. Congratulations to all three for earning their contracts in our first event, as well as JD Hardwick, Shahid Siddiqui and Faizan Khan on earning their Warrior Bonuses. Our first season was an incredible success and was a terrific experience for myself and the entire ONE Warrior Series team. Looking forward to doing it all again in the coming months.”
“Our goal for ONE Warrior Series was to highlight Asia’s most promising young talent and to prove to the world that martial arts is more than just a sport in Asia, it’s a lifestyle,” added Fong. “I believe we achieved that and so much more with the great group of guys we were able to work with in the first season. We would like to thank and congratulate all the warriors who competed in the inaugural ONE Warrior Series event. We saw an amazing night of competition from hungry competitors vying for their spot on the global stage.”
Season 2 is set to begin filming later this year.