Despite the same MMA matches, actually there is a lot of difference between the ONE Championship and the UFC.
ONE Championship organized the Grand Prix, resolutely reforming 2 weight classes
UFC has been dubbed as the world’s leading MMA tournament and has also succeeded in many Asian markets such as Macao, Japan, and China.
However, in fact, the Asian market is not UFC’s strength and this tournament is being knocked out of the world map by ONE Championship.
On the other hand, UFC class is not suitable for Asian boxers. There are no Chinese boxers in the top 10 weight classes and Chang Sung Jung (Korea) is probably the only golden-skinned name currently remembered by the UFC audience.
Therefore, in fact, UFC only dominates Europe and America, while the power of the ONE Championship in Asia cannot be defeated.
Under the management of Zuffa Company, the UFC brand is a tournament that is entirely for MMA. Zuffa also has a subsidiary, Zuffa Boxing, which operates Boxing activities, but is completely separate from the UFC.
Meanwhile, ONE Championship not only organizes MMA but also allows Kickboxing, Muay Thai matches, Boxing alternating right in an MMA event if they feel necessary. Basically, this approach is not limited by any binding rule and for the ONE Championship the ability to develop more flexibly.
UFC uses the MMA Unified Rules set by the US Sports Commission after the MMA period was heavily reflected in violence and non-sports. It also means that the UFC must use the same rules as other US tournaments like Bellator.
ONE Championship has full authority to set and remove details in their own match rules.
ONE Championship uses a separate set of rules and calculations set by themselves. That’s why technical soccer kicks still exist until 2016 – when Asia’s top MMA tournament is self-explanatory.