Fighting out Istanbul, Turkey, Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev, 24, was one of the winners at “ONE: Enter the Dragon.” It marked his seventh victory in ONE Championship.
Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and six ONE Super Series contests, which were six kickboxing bouts, “ONE: Enter the Dragon” was the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s second event in 2019 that took place in Singapore. In the 11th bout of the evening, Arslanaliev fought Khan, 24, of Singapore in a semi-final match in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.
Early in the bout, Arslanaliev showcased his world-class grappling by controlling Khan on the mat. The Turkish knockout artist found his mark later on, connecting on a pair of uppercuts after a scramble that separated his Singaporean opponent from his senses.
Arslanaliev landed a few more punches. Referee Kemp Cheng put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 56 seconds in the first round when Arslanaliev knocked out Khan.
Winning at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” improved the professional MMA record of Arslanaliev to 8 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Khan now has 11 wins and 6 losses.
Khan was one of the two hometown fighter at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” while Arslanaliev solely represented Turkey. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine and the United States were also represented.
Originally from Dagestan, Russia, Arslanaliev was 14 years old when he moved to Istanbul. He then started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training at Corvos MMA.
“ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked Arslanaliev’s eighth ONE Championship bout. He has been competing professionally since 2014 and he joined the promotion in 2016.
Before facing Khan at “ONE: Enter the Dragon,” Arslanaliev defeated six opponents in ONE Championship. They were Mishal Alfad of Indonesia, “Cannon” Ma Jia Wen, 22, of China, Jietebusibai Haolan of China, Tetsuya “MMA Fantasista” Yamada, 29, of Japan, Timofey Nastyukhin, 29,of Russia and Ev “E.T.” Ting, 29, of Malaysia and New Zealand.
More photos from Arslanaliev and Khan’s bout are on Top Sports Asia.