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ONE Athletes Join Apprentice ONE Edition

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The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition is right around the corner, and the largest sports media property in Asia announced the inclusion of several of its World Champions as guest stars for the inaugural season of the show.

Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship Chatri Sityodtong said, “Our athletes at ONE Championship are the backbone of our organization. They are real-life, modern-day heroes who inspire the world with their incredible stories. Their discipline and wisdom will inspire and mentor our contestants.”

Per the press release, one athlete will appear per episode and participate in challenges.

“The Apprentice is one of the biggest reality television franchises in history, and it is my absolute pleasure to appear on The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” said Demetrious Johnson. “I’m looking forward to participating in all sorts of challenges, from physical endurance challenges to business challenges.”

ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera exuded his excitement about guest-starring on the program by stating, “It’s a huge honor to be selected as a guest star on The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition, one of the greatest shows ever. I’ve been dreaming of the possibilities and the many things I can learn from this experience.”

“I’m really excited to be a part of the show and help in any way I can, especially in the physical endurance challenges. I get to go from the gym to the boardroom war tables, let’s make it happen!”

Joining Johnson and Vera as guest stars will be ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, Ritu Phogat, Sage Northcutt, and ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan.

The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition will have contestants competing in business and physical challenges for a $250,000 job offer to work as Sityondtong’s protege at the ONE offices in Singapore.

“I’m honored to be able to share my experiences, my talents, and my presence on the show,” said Lee. “Being the youngest mixed martial arts world champion in history, I know I have a lot to offer the contestants as far as experience, and work ethic goes, and I can’t wait to impart some of my knowledge that could help them in their journey.”

“I’m excited to appear on the show and learn from Mr. Chatri, a martial artist and an entrepreneur. I’m also looking forward to participating in the physical challenges! I’m super competitive, and, as always, I’m going to give it my all,” proclaimed Northcutt.

The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition is expected to begin production later in 2020.

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Jeremy Brand is an experienced MMA writer and columnist. He is the founder of, and has represented the company with media credentials at many mixed martial arts fights. Jeremy is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, training in BC, Canada.

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