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Anatoliy Malykhin Annihilates Reinier de Ridder in ONE on Prime Video 5 Main Event


Reinier de Ridder bit off way more than he could chew.

Anatoliy Malykhin dethroned the Dutch grappler in an epic beatdown, as he took possession of the undisputed One Championship light heavyweight title in the ONE on Prime Video 5 headliner on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines. De Ridder (16-1, 7-1 ONE) succumbed to punches 4:35 into Round 1.

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Malykhin (11-0, 4-0 ONE)—already the interim ONE heavyweight champion—was utterly merciless with his attack. He cut off takedowns from de Ridder with surprising ease and assaulted him with an unending barrage of power punches to the head and body. Late in the first round, Malykhin floored the Combat Brothers rep with a right hook and followed him to the canvas, where he separated “The Dutch Knight” from his senses with brutal hammerfists.

In the co-main event, 2022 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist Kade Ruotolo retained his ONE submission grappling lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Matheus Gabriel. All three judges sided with Ruotolo (24-2), as the 19-year-old Hawaiian continued to expand his global footprint.

Gabriel (48-11) managed to avoid being finished but offered nothing of note from an offensive standpoint. Ruotolo was the aggressor throughout the 10-minute encounter and made passes at a number of submissions, including ankle locks, heel hooks and kneebars. It was not as decisive as he had hoped, but he left the cage with his championship reign intact.

Meanwhile, an accidental low blow from Murad Ramazanov resulted in a no contest with former two-division KSW titleholder Roberto Soldic in the first round of their welterweight feature. Ramazanov (11-0, 3-0 ONE) executed a takedown a little more than a minute into the match but failed to successfully corral his counterpart on the canvas. Not long after Soldic (20-3, 0-0 ONE) returned to an upright position along the fence, he caught a close-range knee strike below the belt, and it soon became clear he was incapable of forging ahead.

Finally, onetime King of the Cage champion Lowen Tynanes returned from close to a two-year layoff to capture a split decision over ONE Warrior Series graduate Dae Song Park in a three-round lightweight showcase. Tynanes (11-1, 7-1 ONE) leaned on takedowns, positional advances and steady ground-and-pound, as he recorded his first victory since Jan. 25, 2019.

Park (10-4, 5-2 ONE) struggled to string together meaningful offense, found himself in an almost perpetual backpedal and received a warning for timidity at one point. Tynanes applied consistent pressure, countered low kicks from the South Korean with right hands and overcame a brush with mild adversity in the second round, where an inadvertent clash of heads resulted in a significant cut on his forehead.

The 29-year-old Park has suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time in his career.

In other action, Jacki Buntan (24-6) laid claim to a unanimous decision over Amber Kitchen (18-7) in a three-round women’s muay thai confrontation contested at a 130-pound catchweight; Edson Marques (11-2, 2-2 ONE) put away Eduard Folayang (22-13, 12-11 ONE) with punches 2:53 into the second round of their lightweight encounter; Tye Ruotolo dispatched Marat Gafurov with a wristlock 5:09 into the first round of their submission grappling match at 180-pound catchweight; Oumar Kane (5-1, 4-1 ONE) took a unanimous verdict from Jasur Mirzamukhamedov (6-1, 1-1 ONE) in a three-round heavyweight tilt; and Denice Zamboanga (9-2, 4-2 ONE) eked out a split decision over Heqin Lin (15-5-1, 2-3 ONE) in a three-round women’s atomweight affair.
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