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Russia’s Yusup Saadulaev earns 8th ONE Championship win, beats Troy Worthen at ‘ONE: Collision Course’ in Singapore

Yusup Saadulaev (©ONE Championship)

Yusup Saadulaev (©ONE Championship)

Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev (Юсуп Саадулаев), 35, of Russia was one of the winners at the ONE Championship event “ONE: Collision Course.” It marked the Russian mixed martial artist’s eighth victory in the martial arts organization based in Singapore.

Featuring four MMA fights, one Muay Thai match and one kickboxing contest, “ONE: Collision Course” was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on December 18, 2020. The audience in attendance was limited due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In the third bout of the evening, Saadulaev fought Troy “Pretty Boy” Worthen, 27, of the United States in an MMA bout in the bantamweight division. Mohamad Sulaiman served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the bantamweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Sulaiman raised the hand of Saadulaev, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision, marking Worthen’s first professional MMA loss.

Winning at “ONE: Collision Course” improved the professional MMA record of Saadulaev to 20 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw. He is now riding a three-bout winning streak.

It was the first time Worthen competed in ONE Championship not representing Evolve MMA. He now has 7 wins and 1 loss.

 

Eight countries were represented at “ONE: Collision Course” namely Cambodia, China, Japan, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and the U.S. Saadulaev was one of the two fighters who represented Russia while Worthen was one of the two representatives of the U.S.

Worthen is 170 cm. He is training out of Sanford MMA in Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA.

Saadulaev is 2 cm shorter. He is training out of Uflacker Academy in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

“ONE: Collision Course” marked Saadulaev’s 12th outing in ONE Championship. The first seven opponents he defeated in the promotion were Ryan Diaz, Adriano Moraes, Sotir Kichukov, Jordan Lucas, Masakazu Imanari, Dae Hwan Kim and Daichi Takenaka.

It was the second to the last ONE Championship event held in 2020. Dom Lau served as the cage announcer while Steve Dawson and Mitch Chilson were the commentators.

 

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