ONE Championship’s Instagram account has floated the idea of a meeting between the men behind the top martial arts organizations in the world, Chatri Sityodtong and Dana White.
In the post, showing off Sityodtong’s striking training, ONE asked: Who wants to see Chatri vs. Dana?
It did not take long for ONE’s athletes to respond to the post in support of the idea and to pick their boss in the hypothetical matchup.
Current strawweight contender Jarred Brooks, who returns for a key matchup against Hiroba Minowa at ONE: Heavy Hitters on Friday, January 14, replied, “Uncle Chatri would beat the breaks off Dana.”
Former ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Alaverdi Ramazanov merely remarked with emojis of fire and a smiley face wearing sunglasses.
And heavyweight Alain Ngalani commented, “Like music to my ears. I know who my money is on.”
Several more athletes chimed in with their thoughts as well, but there was no more intriguing comment than that of the man himself, ONE Chairman and CEO, Chatri Sityodtong. “Send me location,” wrote Sityodtong with a crying laughing emoji.
How would the match play out?
Sityodtong has studied martial arts throughout his life. As a child in Thailand, ONE’s leader studied Muay Thai and has been active in participating in “The Art of Eight Limbs” for 35 years. Since 2005, Sityodtong has added Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to his repertoire.
Recently, Sityodtong was awarded his brown belt from grappling ace Alex Silva.
As for White, his history in boxing has been well documented, and he has dabbled in other arts since taking over the UFC. Most notably was a special series showing him training for a boxing match against Tito Ortiz in 2007 that never came to fruition.
While it is unlikely we see the bombastic leaders step into competition against one another, it is fun to think about.
In the same vein as the original post, we must also ask, who wants to see Chatri vs. Dana?
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