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ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong's Bold Critique Sends Shockwaves Through the MMA Community



Sityodtong angry over Arjan's performance
ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong

In a move reminiscent of UFC's Dana White, ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong didn't mince words when addressing Arjan Bhullar's disappointing performance at ONE Championship 166. With a quote that reverberated throughout the MMA world, Sityodtong's scathing takedown of Bhullar underscored the high standards set by the promotion.


Addressing reporters at the post-event press conference in Lusail, Qatar, Sityodtong left no room for ambiguity in his assessment of Bhullar's disqualification loss to Amir Aliakbari. Describing Bhullar's inactivity as "unacceptable" and "embarrassing," Sityodtong expressed deep disappointment in the former heavyweight champion's lackluster performance.


Highlighting the gravity of the situation, Sityodtong emphasized that Bhullar's failure to engage during the bout was a stark departure from the principles of ONE Championship. With a direct jab at Bhullar's professionalism, Sityodtong questioned his place in the pinnacle of martial arts, suggesting that he had failed to live up to the expectations set for him, particularly in his home country of India.


Indeed, Sityodtong's remarks cast a shadow over Bhullar's status as a hero in India, a stark contrast to the promotion's initial hopes of propelling him as a catalyst for MMA growth in the region. Referee Herb Dean's repeated warnings throughout the fight underscored the severity of Bhullar's lack of engagement, ultimately leading to his disqualification.


For Bhullar, the defeat marks a significant setback in his career trajectory, coming on the heels of his loss of the heavyweight title to Anatoly Malykhin. As the dust settles on ONE Championship 166, the MMA community is left grappling with the repercussions of Sityodtong's ruthless critique and what it means for the future of fighters within the promotion.


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