Anatoly Malykhin Slams Oumar Kane Before Kickboxing Bout at ONE Fight Night 23

Oumar Kane has a fight booked as he awaits his ONE Heavyweight MMA World Title opportunity, and division king Anatoly Malykhin didn’t miss the chance to put in his two cents.

“Reug Reug” faces Senegalese compatriot Boucher Ketchup in a heavyweight kickboxing match at ONE Fight Night 23: Eight vs. Rasulov on July 5 in Bangkok, Thailand’s Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.

Kane has gone from a viral sensation stemming from his dominant run on the Senegalese wrestling circuit to a bona fide MMA star since his ONE debut in 2021.

The 32-year-old has won five of his six contests on the global stage so far, cementing himself as the leading contender for the heavyweight MMA crown.

Ketchup is also a Senegalese wrestler with a large following in the African nation, due to his entertaining fighting style and infectious personality.

But Malykhin, who Kane will challenge for the ONE Heavyweight MMA World Title at ONE 169: Atlanta on November 8, is not impressed that his opponent is fighting in the interim.

Anatoly Malykhin trolls next opponent Oumar Kane ahead of ONE Fight Night 23

Three-weight ONE MMA World Champion Anatoly Malykhin pleaded with his next opponent, Oumar “Reug Reug” Kane, to make sure he comes out of his ONE Fight Night 23 fight against Boucher Ketchup unscathed.

If he makes it to ONE 169 in one piece, however, Malykhin vowed to make sure he doesn’t walk out of the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, the same way.

“Oumar, what are you doing? kickboxing? Your fragile body can’t take these punches,” he said.

“I have one favor to ask of you: Don’t fall face first in this battle and get seriously injured. Don’t ruin the poster for our fight in Atlanta, save your face.”

Anatoly Malykhin Vs Reug Reug
(Left) Anatoly Malykhin, (Right) Reug Reug, (Credit- Wikipedia, Fighters Only)

“But make sure you bring a pillow when you fight me. I want you to be comfortable when I send you to sleep. I promise I’ll lull you to sleep with a good lullaby. Just don’t overdo it fighting Ketchup and make it to Atlanta unscathed!”

Kane vs. Ketchup promises to be one of the most interesting fights of ONE Fight Night 23, and Malykhin will be the most interested viewer of all.

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