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Bad Blood Preview and Predictions

ONE Championship will continue its 2022 campaign with its third event of the year. ONE Championship: Bad Blood goes down on Friday, February 11, 2022, with 12 fights currently scheduled. Of the 12 fights, the event features nine MMA fights and one Muay Thai fight leading up to the two MMA title fights at the top of the fight card.

In the main event, ONE Championship legend Bibiano Fernandes looks to defend his belt against someone not named Kevin Belingon for the first time since 2018. UFC John Lineker. Since joining ONE Championship, Lineker has dominated everyone in his path. Both fighters have ridiculous power and aggression, so don’t blink when these two enter the cage.

The co-main event is also a title fight, but not undisputed. As Arjan Bhullar continues to consider his options, ONE Championship has set up an interim heavyweight championship fight between undefeated fighters Anatoly Malykhin (10-0) and Kirill Grishenko (5-0). ONE has had a lackluster heavyweight division recently, but a title fight and two other heavyweight bouts suggest they are looking to turn the tide.



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As well, ONE Championship: Bad Blood features several other intriguing fights, including former flyweight champion Jonathan Haggerty taking on the dangerous Mongkolpetch Petchyindee in a Muay Thai showdown. As ONE Championship continues to grow, their events are becoming more and more unmissable for fight fans.

the ONE Championship: Bad Blood The main card kicks off at 5 a.m. ET on ONE’s Facebook page and the main card follows on YouTube at 7:30 a.m. ET. Ahead of Friday’s mayhem, let’s take a look at the full preview and predictions below.

This will be bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes’ first fight against someone other than Kevin Belingon since 2018; how does he fare against the hard-hitting John Lineker?

Lineker left the UFC in 2019 and signed with ONE Championship to continue growing as a fighter. Safe to say that most MMA fans expected him to find success, but maybe not to this extent. Lineker is known for his superhero power and his aggression towards wild animals. If Lineker lands cleanly, his opponent usually falls asleep. After winning all three of his ONE Championship bouts — two by knockout — Lineker is poised to claim the title and become king of the division.

Meanwhile, Fernandes is the most dominant champion in ONE history. At 41, Fernandes is looking to show he has plenty of gas left in him after a brutal trilogy against Kevin Belingon. At his best, Fernandes is a dangerous finisher who can get the job done wherever the fight is going. The question is, will Fernandes show any signs of digressing after all these years? Or will the champion silence the enemies once again?

The two most important factors are pressure from Lineker and jiu-jitsu from Fernandes. Lineker has made a career out of forward pressing and power hooks. Over the years, Lineker has found patience in his attacks, which has helped him evolve as a fighter. Fernandes needs to earn respect early and avoid being cornered by Lineker or he could wake up disappointed.

Fernandes also has power, but trading with Lineker is not advised. Still, the pressure of Fernandes’ death could be a path to victory. If Fernandes can get Lineker on his back foot, a potential takedown could open up. Unfortunately for Fernandes, Lineker should be able to do that. At 31, Lineker appears to be on the mend, which could be a nightmare for the division. Lineker becomes champion by KO.

With questions surrounding Arjan Bhullar’s future, ONE put an interim heavyweight title on the line in the co-main event; Will it be Anatoly Malykhin or Kirill Grishenko who remains undefeated and claims the belt?

With Bhullar unable to defend the title, ONE Championship decided to go ahead and crown an interim champion. The match will be between undefeated heavyweights Malykhin and Grishenko. Malykhin is an absolute bulldozer who runs through his opponents on his way to finishing all of his fights. On the contrary, Grishenko strikes with more precision and creativity. All it takes is one punch for both fighters, but who will prevail?

If you’ve ever watched Malykhin’s fight, you know what his game plan is. Malykhin has real knockout power, and he knows it. The problem is that it tends to get too wild, risking getting wasted in later rounds. This fighting style has worked in the past for Malykhin, but Grishenko could be his kryptonite. Grishenko has shown his durability and heart throughout his last two fights. Every second that passes increases Grishenko’s chances of winning.

Despite being the underdog, Grishenko should be able to get the win. Malykhin throws big power punches on a loop but misses a lot more than he lands. All it takes is one, but Grishenko has a lot more going for it. Grishenko continues to improve and beat two tough opponents last time out. The fight should end in the third round, where Grishenko will get the finish against a tired Malykhin.

The only Muay Thai fight on the main card is a flyweight showdown between Jonathan Haggerty and Mongkolpetch Petchyindee; who wins and how does he get there?

Whenever Mongkolpetch fights, two things come to mind: the elbows and the killer. Holding an overall record of 116-42-2, Muay Thai sensation Mongkolpetch has been dominant since joining ONE with a promotional record of 4-0. Being a former Lumpinee World Champion and training in Petchyindee, Mongkolpetch is ready to take the next step to become a global superstar.

On the other side of the cage, one of the bravest Muay Thai fighters on the planet is looking to upstage Mongkolpetch. Haggerty gained most of his popularity through his victory over the legendary Sam-A Gaiyanghadao for the ONE flyweight title. After defeating Sam-A, Haggerty lost two straight fights to Rodtang before picking up a win last time out against Taiki Naito. With a win over Mongkolpetch, Haggerty will have a huge addition to his impressive career that will bring him one step closer to another title.

Win or lose, Mongkolpetch always leaves his opponent damaged. One of his key tools is the lower leg kick. It will be interesting to see how effective his kicks can be against a fighter like Haggerty, who does a phenomenal job checking kicks. At the end of the day, Mongkolpetch is on a different level and should be able to pull off a win over Haggerty based on volume and damage.

Which fight is the dormant match on this card?

The dormant match is a heavyweight matchup between prospects Dustin Joynson and Hugo Cunha. As previously stated, the ONE Championship heavyweight division needed prospects to spice it up. Joynson is 6-1 with four finishes and one no-contest on Dana White’s Contender Series. Meanwhile, Cunha is 6-0, with all six wins to the finish and five in the first round. The winner of this match will solidify as a future heavyweight title contender.

Joynson lost last time out to Grishenko in a brutal war. However, he used his durability and clean kickboxing to stay in the fight and give himself a chance to win. On the contrary, Cunha only made it past the first round once, due to his ability to pick his shots and finish. If this fight stays up, these fighters have striking styles that could lead to another war for Joynson. Regardless of who wins, Joynson vs. Cunha could be a demonstration of the future of ONE’s heavyweight division.

CHOICE OF COMBAT

To fight Take
Main Card (YouTube, 7:30 a.m. ET)
BW World Championship: Bibiano Fernandes vs. John Lineker lineker
Interim HW World Championship: Anatoly Malykhin vs. Kirill Grishenko Grishenko
FlyW Muay Thai: Jonathan Haggerty vs. Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Mongkolpetch
StrawW: Yosuke Saruta vs. Gustavo Balart Saruta
BW: Chen Rui vs. Mark Abelardo Abelardo
StrawW: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Danial Williams Dejdamrong
Lead Card (Facebook, 5 a.m. ET)
FlyW: Yodkaikaew Fairtex vs. Woo Sung Hoon woo
AtomW: Mei Yamaguchi vs. Jihin Radzuan Take
HW: Dustin Joynson vs. Hugo Cunha cunha
AtomW: Lin Heqin vs. Bi Nguyen Nguyen
HW: Thomas Narmo vs. Odie Delaney Narmo
BW: Sunoto vs. Tial Thang Sunoto


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