Chatri Sityodtong

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Chatri Sityodtong
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BornChatri Trisiripisal
1971 (age 47–48)
Native nameชาตรี ศิษย์ยอดธง
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
StyleMuay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
RankKru in Muay Thai
Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Chatri Trisiripisal (Thai: ชาตรี ตรีศิริพิศาล; RTGSChatri Trisiriphisan), known by the ring names as Chatri Sityodtong (Thai: ชาตรี ศิษย์ยอดธง; RTGSChatri Sit-yotthong) and Yodchatri Sityodtong (Thai: ยอดชาตรี ศิษย์ยอดธง; RTGSYotchatri Sit-yotthong), is an entrepreneur and a martial artist from Thailand, best known as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship. In December 2017, Chatri Sityodtong was named Asia's 3rd Most Powerful Person in Sports by FOX Sports.[1]

Family and education[edit]

Raised in Thailand, Sityodtong is of half Japanese, half Thai ethnicity.[2] His family went through bankruptcy and his father eventually abandoned the family. At one point his family was homeless and Sityodtong "lived on one meal per day."[3][4] He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, and obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School at Harvard University in 1999.[5]

Martial arts[edit]

Chatri started Muay Thai as a child under Kru Yodtong Senanan of Sityodtong Camp in Pattaya, Thailand. Kru Yodtong eventually gave Chatri the ring name, Yodchatri Sityodtong. A veteran of over 30 fights, Sityodtong's last professional Muay Thai fight was in 2008 in Thailand. He is a certified senior Muay Thai instructor under Kru Yodtong Senanan of the Sityodtong Camp in Pattaya, Thailand.[6][7] Before his death, Kru Yodtong appointed Chatri Sityodtong as one of 4 conservators of Sityodtong Muay Thai in the world. Sityodtong started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in approximately 2006, and has a Blue Belt under Renzo Gracie.[8]

Chatri was named by MSN Sports as one of the top coaches in the sports world alongside Greg Jackson, Pep Guardiola, Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, etc.[9] He has trained, coached, or cornered top professional fighters such as former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos, DREAM World Champion Shinya Aoki, former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin, UFC fighter Leandro Issa, UFC fighter Tarec Saffiedine, Bellator Champion Ben Askren, Muay Thai World Champion Yoddecha Sityodtong, WBA Boxing World Champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai at events such as the UFC, DREAM Fighting Championship, the Art of War Fighting Championship, and the Lumpinee Stadium Championship.[10]

Early business career[edit]

Chatri Sityodtong spent three years as an investment analyst at Fidelity Investments covering a variety of industries.[11] He later joined Bain and Company as a management consultant and then launched NextDoor Networks as co-founder and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy.[12] Nextdoor Networks was a San Francisco based startup provider of e-commerce infrastructure.[13] Chatri Sityodtong later became a Managing Director of JLF Asset Management, a US$1 billion hedge fund. Sityodtong also worked for a few years as a Managing Director at Maverick Capital, a US$12 billion hedge fund founded by Lee Ainslie III and billionaire Sam Wyly. Backed by Farallon Capital as his largest investor, Sityodtong later launched Izara Capital Management, a US$500 million New York hedge fund.[14] After a decade on Wall Street, he retired as a hedge fund manager, and pursued other entrepreneurial ventures.[15]

Current business career[edit]

A self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur, Sityodtong owns stakes in real estate, sports, retail, technology, and media.[4] Sityodtong's businesses have been featured on CNN, ESPN, Star Sports, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, Channel NewsAsia, Straits Times, Reuters, Fortune, Yahoo! Sports, MSN, Men's Health, Shape, China Post, Times of India, Jakarta Globe, and other media publications around the world.[16]

Sityodtong is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia's largest sports media property with a global broadcast to over 1 billion homes in 118+ countries.[17] Backed by Sequoia Capital and Temasek Holdings, ONE Championship has over US$100 million in total capital as of July 21, 2017.[18] He is the Founder and Chairman of Evolve University, Asia's largest online university for martial arts. He is the Founder and Chairman of Evolve MMA, a chain of martial arts academies in Asia. Chatri Sityodtong is also the Chairman of Indiabulls Properties Investment Trust, a Singapore-listed real estate investment trust company with S$1.5 billion in net assets. Indiabulls Properties Investment Trust is a holding company for Indiabulls Properties and Indiabulls Real Estate.[19][20] Sityodtong also owns stakes in several companies in other industries.

Chatri Sityodtong is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and guest lecturer at INSEAD, one of the world's leading business schools.[21] Sityodtong is an advisor and mentor to the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Centre. He is also an advisor to the Singapore Management University Entrepreneurship Centre and is a regular guest speaker at SMU.


Evolve MMA has been described by CNN as Asia's number one-ranked MMA-training organization.[22] MMA Mania named Evolve MMA as the #1 MMA camp in Asia.[23] Evolve MMA was voted the Best International MMA Gym in the world by the readers of leading MMA website, MiddleEasy.[24] One of his newest startups, Evolve University, is the world's largest online university for martial arts. In addition, Sityodtong is involved in several other companies in Asia.[21]

Motivational speaking[edit]

Sityodtong has also given motivational speeches at Fortune 500 companies such as Citigroup, Bloomberg, Fidelity Investments, etc. He has also been a featured speaker on TEDx.[25]


Sityodtong serves on the Board of Directors of Project Sunshine, one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world for terminally-ill children with cancer, HIV, and other illnesses. Through one of his companies, Evolve MMA, he is also active with Boys' Town, a charity that serves children and youth in need. Sityodtong supports underprivileged children with Singapore Children's Society.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2017 Asia's Most Powerful Person in Martial Arts (Huffington Post)[26]
  • 2017 Asia's 3rd Most Powerful Person in Sports (FOX Sports)[27]
  • 2016 Most Influential Executive in Asian MMA (Forbes)[28]
  • 2016 Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA (Yahoo! Sports)[29]
  • 2016 3rd Most Influential Global Leader in MMA (Yahoo! Sports)[30]
  • 2015 2nd Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA (Yahoo! Sports)[31]
  • 2014 2nd Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA (Yahoo! Sports)[32]
  • 2014 Movers and Shakers of Asian MMA (MMA Mania)[33]


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  2. ^ Positioning Magazine, [1], 25 May 2012
  3. ^ "Evolve Mixed Martial Arts ปลุกกระแสมวยไทยในสิงคโปร์ | Positioning Magazine". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
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  8. ^ MMA Mania, [2], Evolve MMA CEO Chatri Sityodtong Talks the ONE Asia MMA Summit and Rich Franklin's UFC 147 Fight, 3 January 2012
  9. ^ "Pep Guardiola - PHOTOS: The top coaches of 2011 - xinmsn Sports". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  10. ^ "Evolve Instructors | #1 in Asia for MMA, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  12. ^ "Chatri Trisiripisal: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  13. ^ Tornado Insider, [3], NextDoor Networks profile
  14. ^ "News content". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  15. ^ "Interview With Chatri Sityodtong, Former Hedge Fund Manager and the Man Behind Evolve MMA -". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  16. ^ "Media Coverage for Evolve MMA". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  17. ^ ONE Championship
  18. ^ "ONE Championship $100 million". Straits Times. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Indiabulls Properties Investment Trust, F3EU:SES directors and dealings -".
  20. ^ "What do Egyptian tomb raiders and martial-arts-loving entrepreneurs have in common?". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  21. ^ a b "2013_CSityodtong". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  22. ^ "Sports News & Articles – Scores, Pictures, Videos - ABC News". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  23. ^ "Asian MMA Awards: Who was tops in 2012? -". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  24. ^ "MiddleEasy". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  25. ^ "TEDxSingaporeManagementUniversity". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  26. ^ "2017 Huffington Post Sports Power List". FOX Sports. 13 Dec 2017.
  27. ^ "2017 FOX Sports Power List". FOX Sports. 22 Dec 2017.
  28. ^ "2016 Forbes Power List". Forbes. 13 Dec 2016.
  29. ^ "2016 Top 10 Most Powerful Men in Asian MMA". Yahoo Sports Singapore. 25 Nov 2016.
  30. ^ "2016 Top 10 Leaders Who Have Shaped Modern MMA". Yahoo Sports Singapore. 8 Dec 2016.
  31. ^ "2015 Asian MMA's Most Powerful People". Yahoo Sports Singapore. 10 Nov 2015.
  32. ^ "Asian MMA's Most Powerful People". Yahoo Sports Singapore. 6 April 2014.
  33. ^ "A closer look at the movers and shakers setting the Asian MMA agenda in 2014".

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