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Chatri wants to see dream bout between ONE’s Xiong vs UFC’s Zhang

Just like every martial arts fan, ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong wants to see a super fight pitting China’s best products, ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jingnan (14-2) and UFC World Women’s Strawweight Champion Zhang Weili (21-1).

“For women’s mixed martial arts I would love to see Jingnan Xiong vs Weili Zhang. I think Jingnan is the one to beat Weili Zhang,” said the amiable chief during a Facebook Live Q&A, Thursday.

In their young careers, both competitors have taken part in some of the most iconic fights in the history of women’s mixed martial arts.

Xiong had an epic rivalry with ONE Atomweight champion Angela Lee back in October.

During ONE: A New Era, Xiong defended her crown against Angela Lee. Then when she tried to cop Lee’s Atomweight World Championship, “Panda” lost via submission in the dying seconds of a pulsating affair to tie-up their rivalry at 1-1.

On the other hand, Zhang is coming off an epic decision win over Joanna Jędrzejczyk back in UFC 248.

Besides a Xiong vs Zhang dream bout, Sityodtong also believes that Lee and ONE Muay Thai Atomweight World Champion Stamp Fairtex can take on anyone in the world.

While a cross-promotion with the UFC remains unlikely, we have seen big promotions collaborate in recent times with Rizin and Bellator co-promoting a show together in 2019 and Sityodtong made it clear that he’s open to the concept.

“I would definitely like to see the best of the East vs the best of the West. UFC versus ONE Championship I think would be phenomenal, I think the whole entire world would watch it. And I’d love to see world champions versus world champions so definitely, for sure, I’m open to it.”

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