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Middleweight MMA & Light Heavyweight MMA & Heavyweight MMA World Champion

Anatoly “Sladkiy” Malykhin

Weight Limit
204.59 LBS / 92.8 KG
Height
5'10" FT / 180 CM
Country
Age
36 Y
Team
Golden Team

About Anatoly Malykhin

Three-division ONE MMA 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 honorary title of Master of Sports in freestyle wrestling in his homeland. 

Mixed martial arts piqued his interest later in life, and the physicality and toughness he had acquired through years on the mats meant he took to the new sport seamlessly.  

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 reeling off two crushing first-round knockouts to begin his historic promotional run, Malykhin met Kirill Grishenko for the ONE Interim Heavyweight World Title in the absence of divisional king Arjan Bhullar. “Sladkiy” needed less than two rounds to score another emphatic knockout and take home his first 26-pound gold belt. 

As injuries continued to plague Bhullar, the Russian powerhouse made the move to light heavyweight to face then-two-weight ONE World Champion Reinier de Ridder for the divisional crown at ONE on Prime Video 5 in December 2022.  

Malykhin crushed the previously undefeated Dutchman in the first round to become a two-division king, albeit with an interim strap to his name. 

That changed at ONE Friday Fights 22 in June 2023, when he finally got his hands on Bhullar in a blockbuster grudge match for the undisputed ONE Heavyweight MMA World Title. 

Once again, Malykhin simply overpowered his opponent, breaking Bhullar down over three rounds on his way to another TKO victory. 

Malykhin then etched his name in the record books in March 2024 at ONE 166: Qatar. At the historic event, he defeated De Ridder yet again — this time for “The Dutch Knight’s” middleweight strap — to become the first-ever three-division MMA World Champion for any major organization.

ONE Championship Records

Event Results

Result Method Round Method and round Opponent Opponent and event Country Date Event
WIN
TKO TKO
R3 (1:16)
TKO
R3 (1:16)
R3 (1:16) Reinier_De_Ridder avatar 500x345 Champion
Reinier de Ridder
Netherlands
ONE 166: Qatar
Mar 1, 2024
Netherlands Mar 1, 2024
ONE 166: Qatar
Mar 1, 2024
WIN
TKO TKO
R3 (2:42)
TKO
R3 (2:42)
R3 (2:42) Arjan_Bhullar avatar 500x345
Arjan Bhullar
India
India Jun 23, 2023
ONE Friday Fights 22
Jun 23, 2023
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)
R1 (3:28) Alexandre_Machado avatar 500x345 1
Alexandre Machado
Brazil
Fists of Fury II
Mar 5, 2021
Brazil Mar 5, 2021
Fists of Fury II
Mar 5, 2021

Breakdown

Wins - 6
Losses - 0
3
Knockout KO
0
3
TKO TKO
0

Finish Rate

Finishes
6
Finish Rate
100%
Wins
6
Total Bouts
6

Bout Duration

Avg. Bout Duration
06m : 56s
Total Duration
0h : 41m : 40s

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