5 Fighters Who Talked the Discuss and Walked the Stroll in 2022

If anybody made an announcement in 2022 it was Anatoly Malykhin. The Russian was already the interim heavyweight champion when he was given the chance to tackle dominant light-heavyweight champion Reinier de Ridder. Each males went into the struggle undefeated, with the scene set for a traditional grappler versus striker contest. De Ridder felt he may take Malykhin down and break him on the bottom, whereas the Russian was assured within the energy of his fingers, and skill on the bottom ought to he have ended up on his again. Because it occurred, Malykhin scored one of many yr’s largest knockouts, and with it the light-heavyweight title. Large issues await in 2023.

Aliakbari fulfils his potential and retires Vera

It was the struggle Amir Aliakbari had wished since arriving in a single, at probability to check himself towards a former world champion in Brandon Vera. Coming into the struggle, Iran’s Aliakbari had some momentum having defeated Mauro Cerilli by way of second-round TKO, whereas Vera could have been previous his finest however nonetheless had perception a win may set off one other tilt on the title. Because it occurred, Aliakbari would want lower than 4 minutes to say his dominance and choose up a landmark win – and one which locations him firmly within the heavyweight title image. The proper finish to an important yr for the Center East favorite.

Saygid Izagakhmaev delivered on Khabib’s hype

When you’re tipped for greatness by none aside from Khabib Nurmagomedov, the load of expectation can sit closely. Nevertheless for Dagestani light-weight Saygid Izagakhmaev there was no such downside. Three wins from three fights in 2022 since his ONE debut in January have seen Izagakhmaev take the division by storm. A submission, determination, and TKO, have proven an actual range to his sport, and one which is able to probably see him problem for gold in 2023 if this trajectory continues. 

Jarred Brooks works his method to strawweight title

Jarred Brooks took dwelling the gold

Three fights, three wins, and the strawweight title in his possession – 2022 has been fairly good to Jarred Brooks. Wins over Hiroba Minowa and Bokang Masunyane put Brooks on a collision course with champion Joshua Pacio. The construct up was filled with animosity and trash discuss, however when it got here to struggle night time, Brooks placed on a clinic, profitable a convincing determination and ending the yr because the strawweight king. 

Christian Lee fulfils his dream of being a double champ

After we speak about household dynasties in martial arts, it’s tough to look additional than the Lees. Christian’s sister Angela has been queen of the atomweights, however has to this point been unable to overcome two divisions, having misplaced twice making an attempt to seize strawweight gold. This yr, Christian was capable of obtain the feat for himself, and his household. In 2022 Christian has had two fights and gained titles on each events. First up he regained his light-weight title from Okay Rae Yoon, earlier than changing into a champ champ defeating Kiamrian Abbasov for the welterweight title – regardless of Abbasov coming in over the load restrict. Is there an opportunity of three in 2023?