ONE Championship: Bad Blood Preview

Anatoly Malykhin stands inside the ONE Championship cage.
Anatoly Malykhin will challenge for gold against Kirill Grishenko in the main event (ONE Championship)

Flawless MMA records will collide on Friday night, as two undefeated heavyweights will meet in the main event of ONE Championship’s “Bad Blood” card. Not only will fighters Kirill Grishenko and Anatoly Malykhin be wagering their strong winning streaks in the headliner, but they’ll also be fighting to become an interim champ in their division.

That pairing headlines a 10-fight card that is set to happen at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. Here’s a full preview of it all.

Click here to skip to a preview of the main card.

Lead Card (Bleacher Report App / Youtube) (5:00AM EST / 6:00PM SGT)

Bout 1: Sunoto Peringkat (12-7) vs. Tial Thang (3-1) (145 lbs) (MMA Bout)

The card will kick off with a fight between Tial Thang and Sunoto Peringkat in MMA.

Thang is fighting to come back from his first pro defeat. After scoring three consecutive wins in ONE from 2019 to 2021, Thang lost a decision to Song Min Jong last year.

Peringkat’s last appearance dates back to February 2020. He snapped a two-fight skid in that bout, defeating Nurul Fikri.

Bout 2: Thomas Narmo (4-1) vs. Odie Delaney (2-0) (265 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Undefeated heavyweight Odie Delaney will make his ONE debut in the next fight, facing Thomas Narmo on the prelims.

Delaney’s two wins come from his rookie year as a pro. He debuted in 2019, earning two stoppages through that 12-month period.

Narmo made his ONE debut last year against Alain Ngalani. The fight was ruled a no-contest in the second round after an accidental groin kick hurt Narmo.

Narmo has since competed once outside of ONE. There, he was given his first pro loss in a fight against Daniel Dittrich.

Bout 3: Lin Heqin (14-3-1) vs. Bi Nguyen (6-7) (115 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Both fighting to get back into the win column, Lin Heqin and Bi Nguyen will compete on Friday’s prelims.

A win for Nguyen on Friday would even up her pro record again. Her last fight was a decision loss in 2021 to Jenelyn Olsim. Nguyen pulled off an upset earlier that year, handing Ritu Phogat her first pro loss with a split decision result.

Lin took her first loss in ONE last year, dropping a decision to Ritu Phogat. Her prior fight was a successful debut for the promotion, submitting Jomary Torres back in 2019.

Bout 4: Dustin Joynson (6-1) vs. Hugo Cunha (6-0) (265 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Heavyweights will finish off the somewhat short prelims. In the fourth match, Dustin Joynson and Hugo Cunha will fight.

Cunha will be making his ONE debut in this bout. He is entering the promotion with an impressive record of six wins since debuting in 2017. What’s more, all of those victories have come via stoppage. His last appearance wrapped up in just a round, submitting Oleg Kubanov in April 2021.

Joynson is also in search of his first ONE win. He lost his debut for the promotion last year, as Kirill Grishenko beat him via unanimous decision. That was Joynson’s first loss through seven pro fights.

Main Card (Bleacher Report App / Youtube) (7:30AM EST / 8:30PM SGT)

Bout 5: Dejdamrong Sor. Amnuaysirichoke (12-6) vs. Danial Williams (3-1) (125 lbs) (MMA Bout)

ONE veteran Dejdramrong Sor. Amnuaysirichoke will open the main card in a fight against Danial Williams.

Williams is fighting in ONE’s MMA division for the first time. He made his debut for the promotion last year, showing his toughness in a three-round Muay Thai bout against Rodtang Jitmuangnon. He now returns this year to MMA, a sport where he holds a record of three wins and one loss.

Dejdamrong has won three of his last five fights. His last appearance saw him earn a stoppage victory, defeating Douji Banma in August.

Bout 6: Yodkaikaew Fairtex (7-3-1) vs. Woo Sung Hoon (8-2) (135 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Another ONE debut will happen on the main card when Woo Sung Hoon faces Yodkaikaew Fairtex.

Woo is joining ONE with a strong record of eight wins and two losses. This includes a strong seven-fight winning streak from 2017 to 2021 which has mostly taken place on the Korean regional scene.

Yodkaikaew is attempting to get back to his winning ways. He had a solid three-fight winning streak broken in March 2021, as Hu Yong pulled off a unanimous decision win over him.

Bout 7: Mei Yamaguchi (21-13-1) vs. Jihin Radzuan (6-2) (115 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Veteran name Mei Yamaguchi will return on the main card to face Jihin Radzuan.

Yamaguchi will be fighting to end a two-fight losing streak that she is currently on. Her last fight was in September 2021, where she lost a fight to Julie Mezabarba via decision. The fight was an alternate bout for ONE’s 115-pound Grand Prix that was kicking off back then.

Radzuan won her last appearance, although she is returning after over a year outside of the cage. Her last fight was in late 2020, defeating Bi Nguyen via decision.

Bout 8: Chen Rui (9-3) vs. Mark Abelardo (20-8) (145 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Chen Rui will attempt to snap a losing streak on the main card when facing Mark Abelardo.

Chen has lost two consecutive fights as of late. He competed twice last year, getting stopped by Kwon Won Il and then losing a decision to Jeremy Pacatiw. Chen was relatively successful in ONE before then, winning three of his first four fights.

Abelardo snapped a losing streak of his own last year, securing a second-round stoppage win against Emilio Urrutia. He had lost two fights in 2020 before then.

Bout 9: Jonathan Haggerty vs. Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy (135 lbs) (Muay Thai Bout)

In the sole non-MMA fight on this card, Jonathan Haggerty and Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy will meet in the co-main event.

Haggerty is most notably a former champ in ONE. He first gained a Muay Thai belt with the promotion in 2019, defeating Sam-A Gaiyanghadao. He lost the belt later that year in a fight against Rodtang Jitmuangnon.

After losing a rematch against Rodtang in 2020, Haggerty finally got back into the win column later that year with a win against Taiki Naito. While Haggerty hasn’t competed in ONE since then, he isn’t coming off a long wait. He reportedly last fought in November, defeating Arthur Meyer at a show in Ireland.

Mongkolpetch has fought in ONE frequently since 2019. His last appearance for the promotion resulted in a majority decision win against Elias Mahmoudi last year. He has since lost a fight in the Thailand scene.

Bout 10: Anatoly Malykhin (10-0) vs. Kirill Grishenko (5-0) (Vacant ONE MMA Interim Heavyweight Championship) (265 lbs)

In the main event of the card, heavyweights have a lot to compete for. While both attempting to defend their undefeated records, Anatoly Malykhin and Kirill Grishenko will fight to become the interim ONE Heavyweight Champion.

This fight wasn’t originally scheduled for the main event of this card. But as reported earlier this week, it was elevated to headlining status after COVID-19 protocols forced a fight between Bibiano Fernandes and John Lineker off the card.

This interim title fight is being made as ONE has reportedly hit a roadblock in negotiations with regular champ Arjan Bhullar. The current regular champ was crowned in May 2021, dethroning Brandon Vera.

While ONE is quick to roll out an interim belt in this scenario, it is worth mentioning that Bhullar’s last fight means he has appeared in the cage more recently than 16 of the 19 champions in the promotion currently.

Nonetheless, a new name will be able to call themselves a champion at the end of this show. And only will still be able to declare themselves undefeated.

Malykhin has the greater record of the two. He has fought as a pro since 2016, and most of his wins have come via stoppage. Both of his previous ONE victories have occured within a round. He moved his record to double digits in September, stopping Amir Aliakbari in the second round of a fight with punches.

While Grishenko’s record is half the size of Malykhin’s, he is in a similar position. He is coming off a successful 2021, having won two fights for the promotion.

After handing Reug Reug his first pro loss, Grishenko returned later in the year to end the six-fight undefeated run of Dustin Joynson. A win for Grishenko on Friday would continue his streak of killing perfect records at heavyweight – but it would certainly be his biggest time doing that yet.

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