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One Championship lines up US rights deal

Asian mixed martial arts promotion the One Championship has reportedly agreed a US rights deal with the Turner Sports division of media company Turner.

ESPN.com said the three-year deal, which will run from 2019 to 2021, will see 24 events air live on B/R Live, Turner’s OTT sports service.

The first event scheduled under the deal is set for January 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Turner will also reportedly air shoulder programming and recorded events on its TNT television network, with the potential to develop a reality show.

The deal is set to mark Turner’s first serious move into the MMA rights market.