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Saturday, June 09, 2012

No Holds Barred: Chatri Sityodtong on the Two Superpowers of MMA 

(Photos of Chatri Sityodtong and Eddie Goldman by Lee Li)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Chatri Sityodtong, the founder and chairman of the top martial arts organization in Asia, the Singapore-based Evolve MMA.

Chatri electrified the historic ONE Asia MMA Summit 2012 in Singapore with his presentation on June 2 in which he declared that in five to ten years, Asian MMA would surpass MMA in the U.S. and be "the center of the world."

We spoke with Chatri on June 3 between sessions on the final day of the Summit.

We discussed why he believes that there will be two superpowers in the world in MMA (ONE FC and UFC), why ONE FC will surpass everyone else in the world in popularity, where Asian MMA fighters currently rank on a worldwide basis, the development of amateur MMA in Asia, and more.

We also open with the sad news of the passing of Grand Master Roger Clark, who touched so many lives in the New York area by bringing martial arts to the youth.

In addition, we discuss the announcement that News Corporation was buying the 50 percent stake in Asia's ESPN STAR Sports which they did not already own, from The Walt Disney Company, the parent company of ESPN. We read a statement from Victor Cui, the CEO of ONE FC, which has a ten-year deal with ESPN STAR Sports, calling this "fantastic news."

And we encourage people to continue educating themselves on the issue of the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, and read a number of recent articles on this subject on MaxBoxing.com and FightOpinion.com, and in Sports Illustrated.

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