Double ONE Championship champion Anatoly Malykhin explained how to fight Jon Jones to defeat the current UFC heavyweight champion and the best fighter in the world, regardless of weight class.
“Jon Jones has crazy skills – his elbows, a great fight,” the Russian fighter said in an interview with Match TV. “If I fought Jones, then character would decide in this fight. To win against Jon Jones, you need to fight, not test your skills. It is necessary to fight, work in the body, knit. There must be a dog fight and then you can win. If you work for equipment, then there is nothing to catch, including me. At the moment, the best heavyweight is Jon Jones. He is a legend. I hadn’t thought about moving to MMA yet, but he gave out such tricks. But Seryozha Pavlovich, I think, will soon surprise the whole world.
The Russian, who holds the ONE Championship titles in heavyweight and light heavyweight, confirmed his readiness to take away the championship belt in the middleweight category from the Dutchman Renier de Ridder, whom he had previously stripped of one title.
“Yes, de Ridder has already recorded a video that he is ready. October or November. We’ll keep thinking. So let’s write our name in MMA textbooks! Triple champion, this has never happened before. In my opinion, in our first fight, he underestimated me. He thought that I was the same ordinary fighter, that he would run me over now. I saw that in his camp, in his attitude towards me, there were such notes of underestimation of my abilities. Now there will be a completely different fight, and I will fight on his territory. For the first time I will do 93 kg. I think I can easily make this weight, there will be no problems with this. But again, this is his territory. I am sure that de Ridder will draw conclusions, but I will be more prepared than ever. ”
Two days earlier, Anatoly Malykhin successfully unified the ONE Championship heavyweight titles by finishing the reigning division champion Arzhan Bullar by TKO in the third round at a tournament in Singapore.