Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 33, of Parkland, Washington, United States is one of the ONE Championship athletes who will join the cast of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” as special guest stars. The Singapore-based martial arts promotion confirmed this on August 13, 2020.
On the same day, ONE Championship confirmed that “Super” Sage Northcutt, 24, Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat, 25, Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 42, “Unstopabble” Angela Lee, 23, and “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, are also joining the upcoming reality show. They are fighting out of the U.S., India, the Philippines, Singapore and China, respectively.
Vera, Lee and Xiong are the respective reigning champions of ONE Championship’s heavyweight, women’s atomweight and women’s strawweight divisions. Phogat is an Indian wrestling champion competing in ONE Championship’s women’s atomweight division.
Johnson is the inaugural ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Champion. As the inaugural flyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the African-American mixed martial artist successfully defended his belt 11 times between 2012 and 2017.
“I am excited to announce the ONE Championship athletes and world champions ready to join me on ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition’ as special guest stars,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “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,”Chatri continued. “It is my honor to star alongside these amazing human beings on the show.”
One athlete is expected to guest star per episode of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” which will be filmed in Singapore. The fighter will participate in physical challenges that will test athletic ability and cardio endurance.
“‘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,'” Johnson said. “I have no doubt ONE Championship will put a very interesting spin on the traditional format. I’m looking forward to participating in all sorts of challenges from physical endurance challenges to business challenges.”
“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” will invite 16 contestants handpicked from around the world to compete in a high-stakes game of business and physical challenges. The winner will receive a US$250,000 job offer to work directly under Chatri for a year as his protege in Singapore.