Details are still a bit light at the moment, but ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong today announced that former UFC women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate is joining the promotion’s executive team.
Sityodtong released the announcement on social media (via Twitter):
Please join me in welcoming my good friend @MieshaTate to @ONEChampionship! She is one of the greatest female mixed martial artists in history. Above all, she has a heart of gold. Miesha will be moving to Singapore in early 2019 to join us as a Vice President. #WeAreONE
Promotion officials later confirmed the addition via press release.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to announce that women’s mixed martial arts world champion Miesha Tate will be joining ONE Championship as Vice President,” Sityodtong stated. “Miesha has been an incredible pioneer for the sport and has been an inspiration for many young men and women. What impresses me most about Miesha is her humility, compassion, honor, and respect.
“Throughout her career, Miesha has always exemplified the deep-rooted martial arts values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion. Not only is she a good friend, but I am proud to have her represent ONE Championship on a global scale. I look forward to welcoming Miesha to her new home in Singapore.”
The signing comes as the latest in a string of huge moves from Asia’s ONE Championship, which recently inked former UFC champions Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez to exclusive deals. Both of those fighters have since also been announced for participation in world grand prix tourneys in the flyweight and lightweight division, respectively.
“I am thrilled to join ONE Championship as a Vice President,” Tate stated. “I truly believe in its mission of unleashing real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams, and inspiration. I’m honored to bring my experience as a world champion and to help inspire the next generation of athletes. And of course, I am excited to relocate to my new home, Singapore, and travel throughout Asia.”
ONE Championship is back in action on Friday with “ONE Championship 83: Heart of the Lion,” which takes place at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Prelims stream on Twitter and Facebook, while the main card streams live on the ONE Championship app.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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