Title fight with Anatoly Malykhin canceled

Title fight with Anatoly Malykhin canceled

Reigning ONE Championship heavyweight champion Arzhan Bullar has pulled out of his unification bout against Anatoly Malykhin, who was scheduled to headline the ONE on Prime Video 8 tournament in Singapore on March 24.

This was reported by informed sources close to the situation, and later this news was confirmed by a Russian fighter.

“Well, lads, I’m eating a burger a little over a week before the fight,” Malykhin said in a video posted on the social network. “What do you think this is for?”

“What you were, so you remained,” the Russian added in a comment, depicting an opponent in the form of a chicken.

The reasons for Bullar’s refusal from the fight are not reported, but earlier the Canadian of Indian origin had already withdrawn from the fight against Malykhin due to an injury.

Anatoly Malykhin, 35, won the interim ONE heavyweight title in February last year with a second-round knockout of Belarusian Kirill Grishchenko, and in December, the Russian finished by TKO in the first round of Dutchman Renier de Ridder to become the full-fledged ONE light heavyweight champion.