One Championship continues to bolster the talent pool in its heavyweight division.
One week after inking grappling superstar Marcus Almeida, the Singapore-based promotion has signed former Greco-Roman world champion Amir Aliakbari to a contract. One CEO Chatri Sityodtong recently announced the deal.
A native of Iran, Aliakbari has compiled a 10-1 mark in MMA while competing for organizations such as Rizin Fighting Federation and Absolute Championship Akhmat. He owns notable wins over the likes of Daniel Omielanczuk, Denis Smoldarev, Geronimo dos Santos, Valentin Moldavsky and Heath Herring. His lone defeat came at the hands of Mirko Filipovic under the Rizin banner in 2016.
Aliakbari signed with the UFC last year but ultimately did not compete for the promotion due to economic sanctions that would prevent him from transferring his earnings. Aliakbari received a lifetime ban from the International Wrestling Federation after two doping violations.
According to a report from ESPN, the heavyweight is expected to make his One Championship debut in October.
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