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The world’s largest martial arts organisation has 550 athletes on its roster, with an incredible 140 World Champions spread across many different martial arts disciplines.
Fans now have a chance to see the top competitors ranks in their selected weight divisions.
“It is with great excitement that I announce the inaugural ONE Championship Official Rankings,” says Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship.
“The rankings will bring more clarity and transparency for our athletes as they chase their dreams for a world championship title. Fans can also follow their favorite athletes and their journeys more closely as they climb or fall in the rankings.”
The official athlete rankings will be updated in accordance with the findings of ONE’s panel of industry experts, who will consider the participants based on criteria such as wins and losses, their most recent performances, and the quality of competition.
ONE’s panel of industry experts includes Stewart Fulton from MMA In Japan, Nicolas Atkin from South China Morning Post, Manabu Takashima from MMAPLANET, Marcelo Alonso from Combate/PVT, Santino Honasan from ABS-CBN, JM Siasat from GMA Network, James Goyder from AsianMMA.com, Poptorn Roongsamai from Champ Magazine, Sazali Abdul Aziz from The Straits Times, Worapath Arunpakdee from Thairath TV, Wanlop Sawasdee from MGR Online, Tom Taylor from BJPenn.com, Yuji Kitano from Abema TV, and Ian Shutts from Lowkick MMA. Rounding out the panel are former athletes Rich Franklin, Miesha Tate, Adam Kayoom, and Ann Osman.
Here is the first official set of athlete rankings.
Strawweight (Mixed Martial Arts)
Champion: Joshua “The Passion” Pacio
Champion: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao
Strawweight (Muay Thai)
Champion: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao
Flyweight (Mixed Martial Arts)
Champion: Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes
Champion: Ilias “Tweety” Ennahachi
Flyweight (Muay Thai)
Champion: Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon
#1 Panpayak “The Angel Warrior” Jitmuangnon
#2 “The Kicking Machine” Superlek Kiatmoo9
#3 Jonathan “The General” Haggerty
#4 Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi
#5 Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy
Bantamweight (Mixed Martial Arts)
Champion: Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes
Champion: Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov
Bantamweight (Muay Thai)
Champion: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao
#1 Sangmanee SathianMuayThai
#2 Bobo “The Panther” Sacko
#3 “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai
#4 Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov
#5 “The Elbow Zombie” Muangthai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym
Featherweight (Mixed Martial Arts)
Champion: Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen
Featherweight (Muay Thai)
Champion: Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy
Lightweight (Mixed Martial Arts)
Champion: Christian “The Warrior” Lee
Champion: Regian “The Immortal” Eersel
Women’s Atomweight (Mixed Martial Arts)
Champion: “Unstoppable” Angela Lee
Women’s Atomweight (Kickboxing)
Champion: Janet Todd
Women’s Atomweight (Muay Thai)
Champion: Stamp Fairtex
#1 Janet “JT” Todd
#2 Anne “Ninja” Line Hogstad
#3 Alma Juniku
#4 Ekaterina “Barbie” Vandaryeva
#5 Rudzma Abubakar
Women’s Strawweight (Mixed Martial Arts)
Champion: “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan