MMA history was made when the trade-off of fighters between two of the biggest MMA promotions took place. The trade-off included two of the best fighters, Ben Askren and Demetrious Johnson. But ONE Championship CEO, Chatri Sityodtong in a recent press conference stated that DJ- Askren trade was first of many.
“There is a lot of discussions going on globally, that’s all I will say. For sure, this historic first trade ever in MMA history has sparked up a lot of discussions globally with all the major organizations. So if I had to predict, I don’t think this will be the last time it happens, which is great for the fans, the organizations, and the athletes.”, said Chatri Sityodtong. He then added, “I think it’s something new that’s unprecedented that will cause great positive impact globally.“
Chatri Sityodtong also said that this trade-off is a win-win thing for both promotions as well as the fighters involved. “I think everybody wins. I genuinely believe that ONE Championship wins. I genuinely believe the UFC wins. I genuinely believe Ben Askren wins. I genuinely believe DJ wins. I think in this situation everyone is really happy because for ONE Championship we get the number one pound-for-pound greatest mixed martial artist in history, and his style and who he is as a person is going to resonate very well in Asia.“