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Chatri Sityodtong Open to ONE Championship vs the UFC

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The age-old question asked by all MMA fans, who is the best organization? Everyone has their own views and thoughts on their outcome of these scenarios. Who would win ONE Championship vs the UFC, or UFC vs Bellator? This has long been debated by fans and if the CEO of ONE Championship Chatri Sityodtong has his way, we could very well find out!

ONE Championship vs the UFC

In a recent post on his social media, the CEO of ONE Championship Chatri Sityodtong posted: “Here is the answer to one of the most commonly asked questions by fans in Asia. ONE vs UFC, champion vs champion, east vs west, who wants to see it?” Understandably this has sent MMA fans into a meltdown, could we finally get the answer to the age-old question?

Why Could This Happen?

Well, in recent months a number of top stars in MMA who have previously represented UFC have gone on to lose in their new promotions, Eddie Alvarez, a former UFC Champion lost twice in a matter of weeks in the ONE on TNT series although his DQ loss was overturned to a No Contest.

Former UFC Champion and widely considered in the conversation for GOAT Demetrious Johnson got finished for the first time of his career in the 2nd round of his title fight with Brazilian Adrian Moraes. This week, Brandon Vera formally of UFC lost his heavyweight title to newly crowned India Champion Arjan Bhullar. And this was just fighters that moved to ONE Championship, recently making his PFL debut Anthony Pettis was defeated by Clay Collard.

Seeing the lack of success for former UFC stars who left the promotion definitely makes the question of ONE Championship vs UFC a more interesting one.

Financial

According to Nielsen in a recent report, ONE Championship is now amongst the top 10 biggest sports media properties in the world in terms of viewership. As seen in the image below pitting ONE Championship in 3rd in comparison to UFC in 6th in terms of viewership.

The Nielsen report highlighting viewership numbers in 2020

Matchmaking for ONE Championship vs the UFC

So let’s all pretend for a moment this huge event of ONE Championship vs the UFC goes ahead I’m going to suggest five matches that I believe would be the most competitive between these two mighty promotions.

Fight 1 – Aung La NSang vs Jan Blachowicz

Fight 2 – Adriano Moraes vs Deiveson Figueiredo

Fight 3 – Christian Lee vs Charles Oliveira

Co Main Event – Angela Lee vs Valentina Shevchenko

Main event – Reinier De Ridder vs Israel Adesanya

And yes I know there are some huge names left off the list, but the potential exciting matchups are endless: Martin Nguyen vs Alexander Volkanovski pitting the two Australians together. Arjan Bhullar vs Francis Ngannou, how would Bhullar’s movement match up with Ngannou’s power? The list goes on!

This is my take on ONE Championship vs the UFC, do you agree? Who would you like to see face off? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!


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