ONE Championship’s 10th-anniversary event has been postponed to early 2022 due to a recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Singapore. The event was first set to happen on December 5th at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Ariel Helwani reported the postponement of “ONE X” first.
The daily count of new COVID-19 cases in Singapore has been on the rise since late August, reaching heights that have not been seen in previous waves of dealing with the virus. The Singapore Ministry of Health’s latest update, which was delivered Wednesday, reported 3,172 new cases from the past 24 hours.
“I’m bummed that we have to move ONE: X by several weeks but it is the right thing to do, given the record-high outbreak of COVID[-19] in Singapore,” said ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong to reporter Helwani.
The event was set to be one of the promotion’s biggest of the year, as two title fights and a unique special rules bout were scheduled to take place.
Former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson was scheduled to face Muay Thai star Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a fight that would alternate between MMA and Muay Thai rules.
John Lineker, a former UFC fighter, was booked to have his first ONE Championship title shot when facing Bibiano Fernandes at the event. The other title fight would have seen undefeated grappling ace Garry Tonon challenge new champion Thanh Le.
It is unknown at the moment when exactly “ONE: X” will happen or if the card will proceed with the same lineup as previously announced.
COVID-19 has forced ONE Championship to postpone an event in Singapore before – the promotion’s all-women event “Empower” had to be postponed in May.
ONE Championship is still scheduled to hold “NextGen” this weekend. The Friday-morning broadcast is now set to be the promotion’s last live event of the year, unless other events get announced in the coming weeks.