Timofey Nastyukhin, 30, of Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia has earned his seventh ONE Championship win. The Russian-Kazakh mixed martial artist is now riding a two-bout winning streak.
Training at Raty MMA in Russia, Nastyukhin fought Pieter “The Archangel” Buist, 32, of Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands at “ONE: Inside the Matrix II.” ONE Championship held the MMA event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 6, 2020.
Nastyukhin is 177cm tall. Pieter stands 190cm and trains at Combat Brothers in Breda.
Including the Netherlands and Russia, nine countries were represented at “ONE: Inside the Matrix II,” which featured five MMA fights. The others were China, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines, South Korea and the United States.
In the co-main event of the evening, Nastyukhin and Buist competed in the lightweight division. Yuji Shimada served as the referee.
Nastyukhin was aggressive early, uncorking a series of haymakers as Buist used his length to keep the distance. In the second round, the Russian-Kazakh contender complemented his impressive striking with a wrestling showcase, taking his Ghanaian-Dutch opponent down to the canvas with a couple of powerful slams.
In the third round, Buist showed signs of life, landing a number of power shots from range. However, time ran out for him and the final bell rang.
After three five-minute round, the lightweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Shimada raised the hand of Nastyukhin, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Beating Buist at “ONE: Inside the Matrix” improved the professional MMA record of Nastyukhin to 13 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Buist now has 16 wins and 4 losses.
Nastyukhin solely represented Russia at “ONE: Inside the Matrix II.” Buist was the sole representative of the Netherlands.
Born on November 24, 1989 in Kazakhstan to a Russian father and a Kazakh mother, Nastyukhin was 5 years old when his family moved from Kazakhstan to Siberia. He made his professional MMA debut in 2010.
Before pursuing a career in MMA, Nastyukhin had pankration fights. He competed in Siberian League, White Rex, Russian MMA Union, Eurasian Fighting Championship, Altay Republik MMA League and Absolute Championship Berkut before joining ONE Championship in 2014.
“ONE: Inside the Matrix II” marked the 10th ONE Championship outing of the Russian-Kazakh MMA fighter. The first six opponents he defeated in the promotion were Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 36, of the Philippines, Yusuke “Bancho” Kawanago, 37, of Japan, Rob “Warrior of God” Lisita, 37, of Australia, Koji “The Commander” Ando, 35, of Japan, Amir Khan, 26, of Singapore and Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, 36, of the U.S.