MMA company ONE Championship strengthens its Agent Certification

ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced through his social-media channels Monday that the Singapore-based MMA promotion company will be enforcing higher standards in certifying agents that represent athletes competing in their fights.

In addition to three character-limited tweets, the HBS-educated Sityodtong posted the details of the new program on his Facebook page.

Effective immediately, ONE Championship has strengthened its Agent Certification to global standards similar to those of the top global sports media properties in the world such as NFL and MLB.

Unfortunately, some ONE athletes have been victims of theft by their agents and/or managers. In order to create a safer, happier, and healthier environment for our athletes, all agents and/or managers wishing to work with ONE athletes will need certification by ONE Championship. The ONE Agent Certification was originally created to establish uniform standards of eligibility and conduct for all Agents, Managers, and/or Advisors seeking to work with ONE athletes.

Minimum certification criteria are as follows:

1) Current resident in Asia for at least one (1) year

2) No prior criminal record

3) No history or current lawsuits with any Athlete

4) A minimum of 10 years of related experience

5) College or University degree

Exceptions to the criteria will be made on a case-by-case basis. Only agents and/or managers who have received certification by ONE Championship will be allowed to work with ONE athletes. ONE Championship reserves the right to revoke or deny the accreditation of any agent at its sole discretion.