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ONE Championship president: “Our champions would steamroll Bellator guys”

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ONE Championship double champ Christian Lee and Bellator champion Usman Nurmagomedov. Photo via Instagram (@onechampionship) and (@usman_nurmagomedov)

ONE Championship founder and president Chatri Sityodtong is not afraid of competition.

Recently speaking to the South China Morning Post, the president slammed Bellator, who also held an event this past weekend, claiming that the American organization is nothing compared to ONE.

“I mean, look at viewership numbers, the social media metrics, look at organic video views, anything,” Sityodtong told South China Morning Post. “Bellator is like five percent that of ONE. Even competition-wise, our champions would steamroll Bellator guys.

“The only co-promotion I’m interested in is UFC. Champion versus champion,” Sityodtong said.

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ONE Championship double champ calls out Islam Makhachev

Recently, the promotions double champion, Christian Lee, called out UFC lightweight champ Islam Makhachev for a crossover fight.

“I saw a recent video where a fellow competitor over in the UFC, Islam Makhachev, called me out,” Lee recently said. “He’s inviting me over to the UFC to fight him for his lightweight title. I would love to make that fight happen. Let’s see it. Let’s do a cross-promotion event: lightweight world champion from UFC against lightweight world champion from ONE Championship. We’ll see who’s the real best lightweight in the world.”

“A potential crossover fight between UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev, that’s definitely an exciting fight.”

However, when the UFC lightweight champion replied to Lee, he did not seem that interested in the champ vs. champ bout.

“Ha! You better focus on your next contender Saygid Izagakhmaev, and we will see how good you are,” Makhachev wrote on Twitter.

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