CIGNAL TV and TV5 have continued to pick up key sports television properties as the Manny V. Pangilinan-owned networks have acquired the rights of mixed martial arts' ONE Championship.
"To our Filipino fans, ONE Championship has moved to TV5 and Cignal TV! The Home of Martial Arts will continue to inspire the beautiful country of Philippines with our exciting shows and our real-life superheroes," said Chatri Sityodtong, ONE Championship chairman and chief executive officer through his Facebook account yesterday.
The move came a day after the NBA agreed a three-year deal with Cignal TV to bring back the world's most popular basketball league back on Philippine television.
Incidentally, the NBA and ONE Championship were used to be properties of ABS-CBN Sports, which will cease operations on August 31 in the aftermath of the non-renewal of the giant network’s 25-year congressional franchise last July 10.
"I also want to express my gratitude and appreciation to everyone at ABS-CBN for our wonderful, win-win partnership over the last several years," said Chatri.
The partnership between ONE Championship, Cignal TV and TV5 kicks off with the broadcast of ONE: NO SURRENDER, which will be held behind closed doors at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday.
The event will be aired live on One Sports and One Sports+ at 8:30 p.m., with encore telecasts on Saturday at 8 a.m. and on Monday at 9 p.m.
On free television, TV5 will broadcast the event on tape delay on Saturday at 11 p.m.