“I do have ambitions as a coach”

Whereas he isn’t 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 also be the interim ONE heavyweight world champion, shared in an interview with ONE Championship that teaching is one thing he’s enthusiastic about pursuing as a post-fight profession, extra so now that he not too long ago opened a coaching middle in Thailand for elite blended martial arts opponents.

Anatoly Malykhin mentioned:

“I do have ambitions as a coach. I see myself teaching after I’ve completed my combating profession. The fitness center was additionally opened as a base for our group – ONE Likelihood. 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 massive 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 received the interim heavyweight world title in simply his third battle in February 2022, defeating Belarusian Kirill Grishenko by knockout within the second spherical. He then ended final 12 months 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 trying to change into the undisputed ONE heavyweight world champion in a unification bout in opposition to reigning champion Arjan Bhullar, which was not too long ago introduced to be going down in July this 12 months at ONE Battle Night time 12 in Bangkok.

Anatoly Malykhin’s unification battle in opposition to Arjan Bhullar was beforehand booked to headline ONE Battle Night time 8 again in March till the promotion determined to defer it.

All ONE Battle Night time occasions are aired stay and totally free to North American followers with an lively Prime Video subscription.