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Published April 30, 2013
FIGHT CLUB: In N.Y., Christopher Clarey wrote One Fighting Championship CEO Victor Cui is the "would-be king of mixed martial arts in Asia." Cui said, "I believe in 10 years, mixed martial arts will be the most popular sport in Asia, ahead of soccer, ahead of everything." Cui "has done his due diligence, recruited wealthy backers, including the Singapore Economic Development Board, and uncovered what he says is the chance of a lifetime." Cui: "When I first crunched the numbers, I thought, 'I have it wrong; I made a mistake.'" One FC's “approach is pan-Asian: what Cui calls a Champions League approach to MMA.” Last year, One FC “signed a 10-year agreement for undisclosed terms" with Fox Star Sports. On April 5, the net "broadcast a One FC event live for the first time, reaching 28 countries in Asia and about 70 worldwide." Cui said that One FC "has 12 events scheduled this year in six Asian countries." He has “announced plans to stage 24 events” in '14. Cui also has "expressed a longer-range desire to move into the Middle East, including Turkey" (NYTIMES.com, 4/29).