ONE on Prime Video 5 results: Anatoliy Malykhin starches Reinier de Ridder in first for second title


Anatoly Malykhin claimed his second ONE Championship title by defeating Reinier de Ridder in the first round in the ONE Main Event on Prime Video 5.

Malykhin wounded de Ridder early with heavy hands and did not stop until the 12th middleweight fighter in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings found himself lying on his back, knocked out by a series of hammer-fist blows. The official stoppage time is 4:35 am of the first round at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

“I’m the best of the best, the world champion,” said Malykhin, who entered the fight as interim heavyweight champion and won de Ridder’s light heavyweight (225 lb) title. “I already knew that I would win since yesterday, so I just wanted to thank all the people who supported me. I knew that the belt would be on my coach’s chest.”

The end was set in motion with a right hand, which de Ridder braced against the fence, where he reversed after several hard body shots and hooks. His initial rush to the clinch and set-up proved to be his downfall as he came within reach of Malykhin’s right arm. His natural tendency to slip to the left only provided more targets for the challenger, who took full advantage.

De Ridder remains the 205 lb middleweight champion but suffers the first loss of his pro career after 17 pro appearances. Malykhin, who also received a pair of $50,000 bonuses, is messing up the rankings with his 12th consecutive unbeaten pro record win.

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Buntan knockdown closes deal

Jackie Buntan avenged her amateur loss to Amber Kitchen by unanimous decision, likely sealed by a knockdown in the third round. Buntan’s powerful punches overcame Kitchen’s sustained kicks and pressure, and as she stepped inside, she made her presence known with quick inside hooks.

Tianes grinds Park but still loses one card

ONE Championship judges fights in their entirety, so it was not clear when one of the judges preferred Dae Sung Park over Lowen Tianes. Aside from a cut opened in an accidental collision, Park did little but was choked and outplayed in three rounds. Although he managed to hold his own at the end of the first and third strikes, his kicks were his best offense against the constant choke threat from Tianes. Two of the three judges gave the victory to Tianes, so the interesting approach to scoring did not affect the result.

Anatoly Malykhin defeated. Reinier de Knight KO (hammerfist) – round 1, 4:35

Cade Ruotolo beat. Matheus Gabriel by unanimous decision

Roberto Soldic vs. Murad Ramazanov declared null and void (knee to Soldic’s groin)

Jackie Buntan def. Amber Kitchen by unanimous decision

Lowen Tynes defeated. Dae Sung Park by split decision

Edson Marquez def. Eduard Folayang TKO (punches) – round 2, 2:53

Tai Ruotolo def. Marat Gafurov painful hold (carpal lock) – Round 1, 5:09

Umar Kane def. Jasur Mirzamukhamedov by unanimous decision

Denis Zamboanga vs. Lin Heqin by split decision