Whereas he’s not but hanging up his gloves, reigning ONE gentle heavyweight world champion Anatoly Malykhin sees himself as a coach when his days as a fighter are over.
‘Sladkiy’, who can be the interim ONE heavyweight world champion, shared in an interview with ONE Championship that teaching is one thing he’s all for pursuing as a post-fight profession, extra so now that he lately opened a coaching middle in Thailand for elite blended martial arts opponents.
Anatoly Malykhin stated:
“I do have ambitions as a coach. I see myself teaching after I’ve completed my preventing profession. The gymnasium was additionally opened as a base for our staff – ONE Probability. Our fighters can practice right here. Champions shall be made right here. They may give the viewers nice reveals. They may impress the general public and get huge contracts.”
The 35-year-old Russian juggernaut has been undefeated in 12 MMA matches as knowledgeable, together with 4 in ONE Championship, the place he made his debut in 2021.
In simply a short while with ONE, he has dominated the competitors in devastating trend, successful all of his fights by knockout.
Anatoly Malykhin gained the interim heavyweight world title in simply his third combat in February 2022, defeating Belarusian Kirill Grishenko by knockout within the second spherical. He then ended final yr by including the ONE gentle heavyweight world title when he knocked out then-champion Reinier de Ridder of the Netherlands within the opening spherical.
He’s now seeking to develop into the undisputed ONE heavyweight world champion in a unification bout in opposition to reigning champion Arjan Bhullar, which was lately introduced to be happening in July this yr at ONE Battle Evening 12 in Bangkok.
Anatoly Malykhin’s unification combat in opposition to Arjan Bhullar was beforehand booked to headline ONE Battle Evening 8 again in March till the promotion determined to defer it.
All ONE Battle Evening occasions are aired reside and without cost to North American followers with an energetic Prime Video subscription.