June 26, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Anatoly Malykhin has criticized Arjan Bhullar for ducking opponents
  • Bhullar just lately branded Malykhin as a “coward,” which prompted the Russian’s response
  • No date has been introduced but for his or her conflict to unify the ONE heavyweight titles

The ONE Championship heavyweight title image shall be having some readability to it quickly because the interim champion Anatoly Malykhin will face reigning king Arjan Bhullar in a unification bout later this yr.

Since they each have a considerable declare to being the undisputed champion of the division, either side has made it clear that they wish to combat as quickly as attainable.

Bhullar and Malykhin have been buying and selling barbs with one another in latest days after the previous confirmed that he had signed his extension with ONE, with the Indian claiming that the Russian was a “coward.” 

Nonetheless, the interim champion was not going to take that accusation calmly as he responded to Bhullar’s claims and determined to ship him the identical criticism.

“[Bhullar] is my little child rooster who’s clinging on to the belt that ought to be mine. He’s not an actual champion. He retains hiding from robust opponents, tries to decide on handy opponents,” Malykhin stated in a latest interview.

“I’m a Russian Freestyle Wrestling Champion, so he received’t be capable of shock me. His putting may be very weak, it appears like he’s making an attempt to swat a mosquito. Folks will neglect him after I’m completed with him.”

Malykhin has been serving because the short-term face of the burden class since knocking out Kirill Grishenko in spectacular trend at ONE: Dangerous Blood to seize the interim title as Bhullar was busy coping with his contract negotiations with the promotion.

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Filipino-American combined martial arts (MMA) icon Brandon Vera additionally caught stray photographs from Malykhin whereas taking potshots at Bhullar’s expertise.

“No disrespect to the legend. [Vera] was an incredible champ and [held] that belt for some time, however I believe he was already very drained and mentally accomplished,” Malykhin said.

Along with his eyes and focus utterly on the prize, defeating Bhullar is not going to simply see him be topped because the official king of the division but additionally prolong his spectacular successful streak to 4 underneath the group’s banner.

He has three early knockout victories to his identify since becoming a member of ONE Championship and can look to do the identical in opposition to Bhullar after they inevitably get booked to face one another.

However till the corporate declares the date, each males and the followers might want to wait and see what different phrases shall be stated on this upcoming matchup that has a ton of penalties for the heavyweight division.

Arjan-Bhullar defeats Mauro Cerilli at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan Photograph: ONE Championship

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