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Light Heavyweight World Champion

Heavyweight World Champion

Anatoly “Sladkiy” Malykhin

Weight Limit
101.4 kg
Height
180 cm / 5'10" ft
Country
Russia
Age
35 Y
Team
Golden Team

About Anatoly Malykhin

Reigning ONE Interim Heavyweight World Champion Anatoly “Sladkiy” Malykhin quickly rose through the ranks by pairing his impressive wrestling skills with his concussive power.

The Russian star’s grandfather introduced him to wrestling when he was young, and the competitiveness of the sport kept his interest. As a reward for his success – which included national medals – Malykhin earned the Master of Sport honor in freestyle wrestling in his homeland.

Mixed martial arts piqued his interest later in life, but the physicality and toughness he had acquired through years on the mats meant he took to the new sport seamlessly. Malykhin faced stern opposition early in his MMA career, overcoming massive deficits in experience by employing thunderous takedowns and heavy strikes.

Boasting a perfect 8-0 slate, he inked a deal to compete in ONE Championship in 2021 and quickly became a breakout success thanks to his combination of ferocious skills and fun-loving personality.

After earning a pair of first-round knockouts against former ONE World Title challenger Alexandre Machado and Greco-Roman Wrestling World Champion Amir Aliakbari, the Russian powerhouse was given the chance to compete for the richest prize in the sport.

In February 2022, Malykhin met Kirill Grishenko for the ONE Interim Heavyweight World Championship while the division’s king, Arjan Bhullar, was sidelined. “Sladkiy” finished his Belarusian foe in the second round to win the gold, lining up a unification bout with his Canadian-Indian rival.

Injuries continued to plague Bhullar, keeping him sidelined for an even longer extended period of time. While he recovered, Malykhin kept busy and in December 2022, he became the first person to knock out Reinier de Ridder to win the ONE Light Heavyweight World Title. That victory effectively made the Russian powerhouse an undefeated two-division king.

ONE Championship Records

Event Results

Result Method Round Method and round Opponent Opponent and event Country Date Event
WIN
Knockout KO
R1 (4:35)
Knockout
R1 (4:35)
R1 (4:35) Reinier_De_Ridder avatar 500x345 Champion
Reinier de Ridder
Netherlands
Netherlands Dec 3, 2022
ONE on Prime Video 5: de Ridder vs. Malykhin
Dec 3, 2022
WIN
Knockout KO
R2 (3:42)
Knockout
R2 (3:42)
R2 (3:42) Kirill_Grishenko avatar 500x345 2
Kirill Grishenko
Belarus
Bad Blood
Feb 11, 2022
Belarus Feb 11, 2022
Bad Blood
Feb 11, 2022
WIN
Knockout KO
R1 (2:57)
Knockout
R1 (2:57)
R1 (2:57) Amir_Aliakbari avatar 500x345 2
Amir Aliakbari
Iran
Revolution
Sep 24, 2021
Iran Sep 24, 2021
Revolution
Sep 24, 2021
WIN
TKO TKO
R1 (3:28)
TKO
R1 (3:28)
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Alexandre Machado
Brazil
Fists of Fury II
Mar 5, 2021
Brazil Mar 5, 2021
Fists of Fury II
Mar 5, 2021

Breakdown

Wins - 4
Losses - 0
3
Knockout KO
0
1
TKO TKO
0

Finish Rate

Finishes
4
Finish Rate
100%
Wins
4
Total Bouts
4

Bout Duration

Avg. Bout Duration
04m : 25s
Total Duration
0h : 17m : 42s

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