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
Purple 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, Asia's largest global sports media property in history. Chatri Sityodtong was named Asia's 2nd 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 Purple Belt under Renzo Gracie.[8]

Early business career[edit]

Chatri Sityodtong started as an investment analyst at Fidelity Investments covering a variety of industries.[9] He later launched Nextdoor Networks with Yau Soon Loo, a classmate at Harvard.[10] Nextdoor Networks was a San Francisco based startup provider of e-commerce infrastructure.[11] Sityodtong was a Managing Director at Maverick Capital, a US$12 billion hedge fund. Backed by Farallon Capital, Sityodtong later launched Izara Capital Management, a US$500 million New York hedge fund.[12] After a decade on Wall Street, he retired as a hedge fund manager.[13]

Current business career[edit]

A self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur, Sityodtong owns stakes in sports, retail, real estate, technology, and media.[4]

Sityodtong is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia's largest sports media property with a global broadcast to over 2.6 billion potential viewers in 140+ countries.[14] Backed by Sequoia Capital and Temasek Holdings, ONE Championship has over US$275 million in total capital as of August 2018.[15] 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 an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and guest lecturer at INSEAD, one of the world's leading business schools.[16]


According to several prominent media authorities such as Forbes and CNBC, ONE Championship is Asia's largest global sports media property. Evolve MMA has been described by CNN as Asia's number one-ranked MMA-training organization.[17] MMA Mania named Evolve MMA as the #1 MMA camp in Asia.[18] Evolve MMA was voted the Best International MMA Gym in the world by the readers of leading MMA website, MiddleEasy.[19] Evolve University is the world's largest online university for martial arts. In addition, Sityodtong is involved in several other companies in Asia.[16]


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]

  • Asia's 2nd Most Powerful Person in Sports (FOX Sports)[20]
  • Asia's Most Powerful Person in Martial Arts (Huffington Post)[21]
  • Most Influential Executive in Asian MMA (Forbes)[22]
  • Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA (Yahoo! Sports)[23]
  • Movers and Shakers of Asian MMA (MMA Mania)[24]


  1. ^ "2019 Asia's Most Powerful People in Sports". FOX Sports. 8 October 2019.
  2. ^ Positioning Magazine, [1], 25 May 2012
  3. ^ "Evolve Mixed Martial Arts ปลุกกระแสมวยไทยในสิงคโปร์ | Positioning Magazine". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  4. ^ a b[permanent dead link]
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Asia set for mixed martial arts revolution | Reuters". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  7. ^ "Breaking News - Sports | The Straits Times". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  8. ^ BJ Penn, [2]
  10. ^ "Chatri Trisiripisal: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  11. ^ Tornado Insider, [3], Nextdoor Networks profile
  12. ^ "News content". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  13. ^ "Interview With Chatri Sityodtong, Former Hedge Fund Manager and the Man Behind Evolve MMA -". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  14. ^ ONE Championship
  15. ^ "ONE Championship $100 million". Straits Times. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  16. ^ a b "2013_CSityodtong". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  17. ^ "Sports News & Articles – Scores, Pictures, Videos - ABC News". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  18. ^ "Asian MMA Awards: Who was tops in 2012? -". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  19. ^ "MiddleEasy". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  20. ^ "2019 FOX Sports Power List". FOX Sports. 8 Oct 2019.
  21. ^ "2017 Huffington Post Sports Power List". FOX Sports. 13 Dec 2017.
  22. ^ "2016 Forbes Power List". Forbes. 13 Dec 2016.
  23. ^ "2016 Top 10 Most Powerful Men in Asian MMA". Yahoo Sports Singapore. 25 Nov 2016.
  24. ^ "A closer look at the movers and shakers setting the Asian MMA agenda in 2014".

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