It seems that ONE Championship is not being woken because 2018 is coming. The Singapore-based MMA has made a great deal of headlines as early as October when they made a deal with the UFC to release one welterweight champion Ben Askren from his contract in exchange for the UFC that recently released unseated flyweight king Demetrius Johnson. Both Johnson and Askren have since signed new contracts with ONE and UFC.
Added to that, earlier that same month, the former UFC and Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez announced his own likely signing with promotion. Both he and Johnson are reportedly opting to take part in Grand Prix tournaments, which are likely to begin in the next few months.
The latest report, however, has another former UFC champion who moves with them – though most likely he will not compete in the cage. Former UFC champion Mantsha Tate has been named "Vice President" with ONE Championship, through the promotional press. Long-time talent, Xtreme Couture, left MMA back in 2016 after losing Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. The loss of Nunes ended with the five winners' victory and ended with Holly Holm's win for the UFC gold.
From the time she was retired, Tate became an employee of a former bidder for Ultimate Fighter and a recent competitor of Bellary Johnny Nunez. Tate gave birth to her daughter Amaia Nevaeh Nunez in June 2018. As part of her role with the ONE Championship, she moved to Singapore with her family.
"I'm delighted to join a championship as Vice President," Tate said in his statement in the ONE press release (h / t MMA Fighting). "I truly believe in my mission to unleash the real-life superheroes that inspire hope, strength, dreams and inspiration. I am honored to bring my world champion experience and help inspire the next generation of athletes, and of course I am excited to move to my new home, Singapore and I travel throughout Asia! "
The stand bears the same name as the other former UFC champion Frank Franklin. Franklin joined ONE back in April 2014, two years after his last UFC race against Cung Le. Since then he has been a regular, public part of the organization, conducting seminars, exploring talents, and hosting mini-documentary films Rich Franklin ONE Warrior Series.
Another event of one championship Heart of the Lion will take place on Friday 9 November in Singapore. The event will take place in the title unification between bantamweight king and Demetrious Johnson – Bibiano Fernandes and temporary champion Kevin Belingon. Jiu Jitsu stars Michelle Nicolini and Garry Tonon are also scheduled to compete on the card.