In a way, it’s hard not to feel for Marat Grigorian. Clearly one of the top lightweights in the world, he has the unique problem on his hands of being a championship-caliber fighter, he just doesn’t have a title. There’s a very key reason for that, though; Sitthichai.
Not only is Sitthichai one of the toughest fighters in the world, Sitthichai is a guy who has defeated Marat Grigorian not once, not twice but three times now; two times in the GLORY ring and once in Kunlun. He’s coming off of a knockout of Antonio Gomez at GLORY 42 now and in this interview below explains his frustrations that whenever he gets a fight lined up, his opponent pulls out of the fight, leaving the promotion scrambling for an opponent for him.
He wants a rematch with Sitthichai, though, he’s just gonna have to wait to fight the winner of the next GLORY lightweight contender’s tournament. In a way, he’s a lot like poor Benjamin Adegbuyi where he’s clearly a cut above, but has not been able to defeat the champion.