Anatoly Malykhin thanks Chingiz Allazov for putting on a show in Bangkok

Anatoly Malykhin (Left) praised Chingiz Allazov
Anatoly Malykhin (Left) praised Chingiz Allazov's (Right) performance at ONE Fight Night 6

Two-division ONE world champion Anatoly Malykhin showed his support for Chingiz Allazov for the main event of ONE Fight Night 6 on Prime Video.

After watching ‘Chinga’ prepare for January 13 right in front of his own eyes at Tiger Muay Thai, Malykhin sat circleside for ONE’s first event of the year.

Inside the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, Allazov dethroned pound-for-pound great Superbon Singha Mawynn with a second-round knockout to become the featherweight kickboxing world champion.

Though he wasn’t surprised by the result, Anatoly Malykhin joined the rest of the fans in attendance and people watching from home in having his jaw left wide open by the devastating finish that ended the fight.

In an interview with ONE Championship, Malykhin expressed his appreciation for the newly crowned world champion and his performance:

“I would like to say thank you to Chingiz from my family and me. My wife and I were at that fight, and I got a natural high from watching him fight. I know how hard it is to do this and how hard it is to go after your dreams. I am genuinely happy for the guys who succeed.”

After winning the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix last year, Chingiz Allazov put the icing on top of his incredible run in the promotion by claiming the division's top prize.

Anatoly Malykhin unsure how Gantumur Bayanduuren survived the Mikey Lock

Though he stood up in celebration for the main event of ONE Fight Night 6, there was one world championship matchup at the event that Anatoly Malykhin had to turn away from.

With three world championship contests at ONE’s first event of the year, Malykhin watched the event from circleside. Kicking off the bouts with belts on the line, ONE flyweight submission grappling world champion Mikey Musumeci looked to defend his title for the first time against Gantumur Bayanduuren.

Malykhin and Musumeci have struck up an unlikely friendship in recent times, and though he was supporting his friend, Malykhin couldn’t watch at points.

Musumeci dominated the match, threatening his opponent’s legs. Bayanduuren refused to tap and clearly suffered injuries as a result, making it a difficult contest to watch without cringing for the Mongolian contender.

In an interview with ONE Championship, Anatoly Malykhin spoke about watching the match from such close proximity:

“I was standing a meter away from the cage, and I could not even look at what was going on. I don’t know how he endured it, but I saw with my own eyes how his knee joints were popping out. It was a horrible scene.”

Both fans and fighters alike have questioned Bayanduuren’s stubbornness to tap, which has caused him several injuries that will keep him out of competition for a long time.

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