Russian powerhouse Anatoly Malykhin, known as ‘Sladkiy,’ has solidified his place in ONE Championship and envisions concluding his illustrious career with the organization
Anatoly Malykhin’s journey in ONE Championship is not just a series of victories; it’s a testament to his dominance and skill.
From claiming interim heavyweight glory to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion, each chapter of his career adds to the narrative of a fighter destined for greatness.
As Malykhin looks ahead, ONE Championship stands as the arena where his legacy will continue to unfold, making him a cornerstone in the promotion’s storied history.
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Anatoly Malykhin’s Career: A Future Defined in ONE Championship
Embracing ONE Championship as Home
The seasoned mixed martial artist marked his ONE debut in March 2021, having already established a formidable reputation in the Russian MMA scene.1
Notably, all of his appearances under the ONE banner have culminated in impressive finishes, showcasing his prowess within the cage.
Interim Heavyweight Triumph
In a defining moment in February 2022, Malykhin delivered a crushing knockout to Belarusian Kirill Grishenko in the second round of their title clash.
This victory earned him the prestigious title of ONE interim heavyweight world champion, setting the stage for his remarkable journey.
Light Heavyweight Conquest
As the year drew to a close in December, the 35-year-old fighter demonstrated his striking prowess once again.
He secured the ONE light heavyweight world title by swiftly knocking out Dutch champion Reinier de Ridder in the opening round, solidifying his status as a force to be reckoned with in multiple weight classes.
Undisputed Heavyweight Royalty
At ONE Friday Fights 22 in the previous month, Anatoly Malykhin achieved the pinnacle of success by claiming the undisputed ONE heavyweight division throne.
In a spectacular display of skill, he triumphed over former world champion Arjan Bhullar, securing a technical knockout in the third round of their unification bout.
A Conversation with Malykhin
In an exclusive interview with ONE Championship, Anatoly Malykhin reflected on his journey within the promotion. Describing it as eventful, he expressed his desire to remain with ONE until he decides to hang up his gloves.
This commitment speaks volumes about the symbiotic relationship between the fighter and the promotion, hinting at a future where Malykhin’s legacy is intricately woven with the fabric of ONE Championship.