In a stunning display of dominance, Anatoly Malykhin cemented his place among the MMA elite by knocking out Arjan Bhullar to become the undisputed heavyweight champion at ONE Championship's electrifying event in Bangkok, Thailand.
With this victory, Malykhin not only unified the interim belt but also etched his name in history as a two-division champion, holding both the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles.
The highly anticipated clash between Malykhin and Bhullar showcased the stark contrast in their styles. Bhullar, known for his exceptional wrestling prowess, aimed to utilize his grappling skills to neutralize Malykhin's formidable striking power. However, the Russian phenom proved to be a force to be reckoned with, defying Bhullar's strategy and displaying his exceptional defensive skills.
From the opening moments of the fight, Malykhin demonstrated his superior striking ability, relentlessly targeting Bhullar's body with thunderous blows. The interim champion's precision and power left Bhullar visibly stunned, struggling to find an answer to Malykhin's onslaught. As the rounds progressed, it became increasingly clear that Malykhin's striking superiority would be the deciding factor in the bout.
With the crowd on the edge of their seats, Malykhin seized an opportunity in the third round. He unleashed a relentless barrage of ground-and-pound strikes, leaving Bhullar defenseless and the referee with no choice but to intervene, calling an end to the fight.
The resounding victory not only solidified Malykhin's claim as the undisputed heavyweight champion but also earned him an additional $50,000 bonus for his exceptional performance.
Speaking after his triumphant victory, Malykhin revealed his ambitious plans to further expand his legacy within ONE Championship. Having already conquered the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions, Malykhin set his sights on the middleweight championship, currently held by Reinier de Ridder. In a remarkable turn of events, Malykhin had previously handed de Ridder his first MMA defeat with a devastating first-round knockout in December 2022.
With his unparalleled blend of power, skill, and determination, Anatoly Malykhin has become a force to be reckoned with in the world of mixed martial arts. As he continues to pursue greatness, fans eagerly await the potential clash between Malykhin and de Ridder, a showdown that promises to deliver another breathtaking chapter in the Russian champion's remarkable career.
In a sport defined by its thrilling narratives, Malykhin's meteoric rise and stunning knockout victory over Bhullar will forever be etched in the annals of ONE Championship history, solidifying his status as one of the most formidable fighters on the planet.