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GSP, Renzo Gracie, Ben Askren join The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition

Georges St-Pierre, Renzo Gracie, and Ben Askren are the latest guest star athletes to join The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.

All three join previously announced athletes Brandon “The Truth” Vera, atomweight world champion Angela Lee, ONE flyweight Grand Prix world champion Demetrious Johnson, Indian wrestling champion Ritu Phogat, Karate world champion Sage Northcutt, and strawweight world champion Xiong Jing Nan. They all will help ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong guide the show’s 16 contestants through boardroom. and athletic challenges in early 2021.

12 total athletes will guest star on the show in tests of athletic ability and cardio endurance.

“It is my absolute honour to announce that mixed martial arts legend Georges St-Pierre, master Renzo Gracie, and former ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren will join me in guiding 16 young entrepreneurs who will compete in the boardroom to become ‘The Apprentice’ and work by my side at ONE Championship,” said Sityodtong in a press release.

“I am beyond excited to fly to Asia to be part of The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” St-Pierre added. “Chatri is a great leader and entrepreneur, and it is an honour for me to guest star alongside him on the show and learn everything that I can. I hope to share my insight and knowledge in business, as well as how it is to be an elite athlete, with the contestants and help them become successful.”

“Chatri is a personal friend, and I’ve seen him build ONE Championship into an immensely successful business today,” Gracie said. “I have tremendous respect for the way Chatri leads and runs his company, and I am truly honoured to be able to join him in discovering The Apprentice on one of the biggest reality TV shows in history! I can’t wait to meet the contestants and work with them on any challenge.”

“It feels great to be able to be back working with ONE Championship again, although this time, it will be outside of the ONE circle,” Askren said. “I can’t wait to bring the ‘Funky’ into the boardroom and share some of my experience in business and athletics with the participants. I am sure we will have so much fun on the show.”

The winner will receive a $250,000 USD job offer to work directly under Sityodtong for a year as his protege in Singapore.

Confirmed CEOs for the show include Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, Grab CEO Anthony Tan, Zilingo CEO Ankiti Bose, Catcha Group CEO Patrick Grove, and Everise CEO Sudhir Agarwal. More CEOs will be announced at a later date.

The Apprentice: ONE Championship will consist of 13 episodes.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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