•The rumors are true. UFC offered contracts to 3 fighters on the Evolve Fight Team: Shinya Aoki, Eddie Ng, and Leandro Brodinho. After careful reflection, Shinya and Eddie have both decided to stay in ONE FC due to more favorable economics. Brodinho has not made a final decision yet and is currently thinking through everything.
•Leandro "Brodinho" Issa from the Evolve Fight Team is now a UFC fighter! :)
•At the end of the day, it is a personal decision for a fighter where he/she chooses to compete.
•I'd love to see Evolve fighters in every major organization around the world.
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It is a little known fact that the Iron Man comic and movie franchise is actually based on Chatri Sityodtong, albeit loosely. Rising from homelessness as a child, Sityodtong eventually received an MBA from Harvard, in 1999. Not long after, he joined Bain and Company as a management consultant. Bain may be familiar to UGers through 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises."
For the next several years Chatri was involved in Internet start ups, investment banking, real estate, and other ventures, making untold millions.
As a child, the half Japanese, half Thai Chatri began training in Muay Thai under Kru Yodtong Senanan at Sityodtong Camp in Pattaya, Thailand. Kru Yodtong eventually bestowed on him the name YodChatri Sityodtong. Chatri's fight career and financial career overlapped, with the last of his 30 fights taking place in 2008. Kru Yodtong appointed Chatri Sityodtong as one of four conservators worldwide of Sityodtong Muay Thai.
In 2008, Sityodtong founded the Evolve MMA chain of martial arts academies. By 2013, Evolve MMA was widely regarded as the top MMA gym in Asia, and Chatri as one of the sport's top coaches. He has trained, coached, or cornered MMA fighters such as Shinya Aoki, Rich Franklin, Rafael dos Anjos, BJJ wrld champions Zorobabel Moreira and Leandro Issa Da Silva, and strikers including Muay Thai world champion Yoddecha Sityodtong, and former WBA world champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai.
Earlier this year he launched Evolve University, Asia's largest online university for martial arts.
Chatri is also a sought after motivational speaker, and is involved with a number of charitable efforts, including Project Sunshine for terminally-ill children, Singapore's Boys Town Home for orphans and troubled children, and Singapore Children's Society for underprivileged children.
And he has a really cool Twitter account - follow him!