“Road to ONE: Doha” will take place at the Aspire Zone in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 29 and spans five different weight classes. Winners in the advanced divisions will received $100,000 contracts to grapple for ONE Championship.
Advanced categories include one women’s division (115 pounds) and five men’s (135, 155, 170 and 185 pounds). To qualify for the advanced category, a competitor must be a brown belt or a black belt or have at least four years of experience. All grapplers must weigh-in before their first match. Further registration information for the event can be found here.
Matches are five minutes and wins can be secured via submission, tapout, verbal tapout and referee stoppage “due to imminent danger.” A decision victory will be awarded to the athlete with the most number of catches, which are near submissions. There are no draws.
“Road to ONE: Doha” is part of the Singapore-based promotion’s “global recruitment league that hosts martial arts events all over the world.” Many of these include martial arts tournaments where winners earn contracts with ONE.
The upcoming grappling tournament will be held ahead of One Championship 166, which takes place at Lusail Sports Arena in Lusail, Qatar, on March 1. The card features five title bouts and is headlined by a 205-pound championship clash between Reinier de Ridder and Anatoliy Malykhin.