Pro B-Baller Rudy Gobert – “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” Superfan

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Going big is an understatement for “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.”

Since it became available in over 150 countries on Netflix this February, the award-winning program reached the top 10 list in two Asian nations.

The most challenging version of the world-famous show earned the number seven slot in Indonesia and number two in Singapore, where the company’s global headquarters is located.

ONE Championship founder and chairman Chatri Trisiripisal poses for a photograph at the Siam Hotel gym in Bangkok, Thailand, April 29, 2017. Will Baxter/for the Financial Times

The competition compared by ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong to Squid Game is also trending in Brazil, India, Thailand, Philippines, Pakistan, Spain, and Germany.

It is also gaining ground in France, with fans in high places.

Utah Jazz center and French National Basketball Team member Rudy Gobert posted an Instagram Story about “The Apprentice.” He tagged Sityodtong, the ONE Championship Instagram account, and Netflix France in his post.

Aside from being a three-time NBA All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Gobert is also a mixed martial arts fan.

The 29-year-old giant has the moniker “The Stifle Tower” because he’s always been among the league leaders in blocks throughout his nine-year career. He became the leader in that category in 2017.

He also won medals with Les Blues in the 2015 EuroBasket, the FIBA World Cup, and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Just like Gobert on top of a basketball court, the 16 participants from around the world fiercely competed for the US$250,000 job offer to become Sityodtong’s protégé and chief of staff.

To achieve that prize, the competitors had to undergo various physical and business-related challenges that required them to work with and against each other.

The Refinery Media-produced show combines the best of the corporate and MMA worlds. Top executives like Grab CEO Anthony Tan, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, Zilingo CEO Ankiti Bose, Catcha Group Co-Founder and Group CEO Patrick Grove, and Everise CEO Sudhir Agarwal shared their wisdom on the program.

Also making appearances are former ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren, former ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, Indian Wrestling Champion Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat, and Karate World Champion “Super” Sage Northcutt.

Current ONE Championship titleholders “Unstoppable” Angela Lee and “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan also helped the contestants get in shape.

Finally, MMA legends Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, Renzo Gracie, and Georges St-Pierre also guested in the trending program.

Watch all 13 episodes of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” any time on Netflix. Meanwhile, download the ONE Super App for more updates on ONE: FULL CIRCLE, which will be happening on 25 February at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.


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