Anatoly Malykhin Predicts Arjan Bhullar As Winner Despite Lack Of Knockout Power At ONE 166

At ONE 166, Arjan Bhullar is going to fight Amir Aliakbari in Qatar, and Anatoly Malykhin picked him as the winner.

ONE two-division world champion Anatoly Malykhin has his pick for the ONE 166 heavyweight bout, which is going to happen between the former ONE heavyweight champion Arjan Bhullar and the Iranian MMA fighter Amir Aliakbari, who is on a three-fight winning streak after two initial losses in the ONE championship. Anatoly Malykhin picked Arjan Bhullar to be the winner of the fight prior to the ONE 166 and said that he will win by decision, as according to the two-division champion, Arjan Bhullar doesn’t have that much strength in his punches, but his smart game is going to help him win the fight. In his brief interview with ONE Championship, he said this:. 

“Of course, Arjan’s not going to knock out Aliakbari, he doesn’t have that kind of knockout power, but I think he’s going to outwork him. Arjan is the smarter fighter, more cunning.”

Anatoly Malykhin said

ONE is going to the middle-eastern country of Qatar on March 1, 2024, at Lusail Sports Arena. The fight cards announced are packed with champions; in fact, the main event will feature Anatoly Malykhin and the reigning middleweight world champion Reinier “The Dutch Knight” de Ridder. The fight is the biggest opportunity for the Russian and two-division world champion to become the first ever three-division world champion. In his last fight, Anatoly Malykhin beat Arjan Bhullar to become the heavyweight champion, and now he is eyeing the third title. If he comes victorious in the fight, he will become the first ever fighter to hold three belts in different weight divisions. 

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