ONE 166 video: Anatoly Malykhin stops Reinier de Ridder to become 3-division champion


Anatoly Malykhin became the first athlete to hold belts in three divisions simultaneously in a major MMA organization after forcing Reinier de Ridder to quit in the third round at Friday’s ONE Championship 166 event in Qatar.

Malykhin now holds the belts in ONE Championship’s middleweight (205 pounds), light heavyweight (225 pounds), and heavyweight (265 pounds) divisions.

The Russian knockout artist imposed his will over de Ridder from the start, avoiding takedowns attempts and throwing his powerful right hand at will. De Ridder used push kicks to keep Malykhin away from him as much as he could, and even dropped the challenger with a right hand early on, but it was Malykhin who connected with the better strikes.

De Ridder went for a takedown in Round 3, but the Russian talent easily stopped it and instead landed a heavy knee to the head of the champion, which is legal under ONE rules, before springing back to his feet. De Ridder was unable to get back up despite referee Herb Dean pausing the action to allow him to stand, and thus Dean awarded Malykhin the victory via technical knockout.

Malykhin now holds a 14-0 record with 14 finishes to his credit, including a pair of knockouts over de Ridder. The 36-year-old Russian has won six straight bouts since joining ONE Championship in 2021, with half of those wins ending in less than five minutes.

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