ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong says he wants his best fighters to face the best UFC fighters to determine, which promotion has the best talent.
During a recent Q&A on Facebook, ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong was asked about doing ONE FC vs. UFC type of fights in the future. He quickly responded with certain matchups already in mind.
Sityodtong started off by saying that he would love to see UFC women’s strawweight champion Weili Zhang face ONE Championship women’s strawweight champion Xiong Jingnan:
“For women’s mixed martial arts, I would love to see Xiong Jingnan vs. Zhang Weili. I think Jingnan is the one to beat Weili.” Sityodtong said (via MMAJunkie).
He also suggested another potential matchup for Zhang. Sityodtong said he believes ONE Championship atomweight Muay Thai champion Stamp Fairtex (4-0 MMA):
“I think Stamp Fairtex could beat Zhang Weili, as well,” Sityodtong said.
“Stamp Fairtex against any female striker in the world or any female MMA fighter in the world. Even though she’s only 4-0 in MMA, she’s a complete beast.”
He also mentioned ONE Championship women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee, calling her “incredible”:
“I think Angela Lee vs. any atomweight in the world,” he said.
“Angela Lee is incredible. I’ve seen her in training. I’ve seen her go into a bout with pneumonia with doctor’s advice not to compete and I’ve tried my best to stop the fight. Angela Lee’s an absolute warrior and she’s just a genius on the ground.”
Sityodtong concluded by stating that the is certainly open to cross-promotion super fights and would love to see “world champion vs. world champion” matchups in the future:
“I would definitely like to see the best of the East vs. the best of the West,” he said.
“UFC vs. ONE Championship I think would be phenomenal. I think the whole entire world would watch it. And I’d love to see world champions vs. world champions. So definitely, for sure, I’m open to it.”
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 4th April, 2020.