WATCH: Saygid Izagakhmaev Claims a Dominant Submission Win Against James Nakashima at ONE: HEAVY HITTERS – Says He “Will Kill” Shinya Aoki Next

Published 01/14/2022, 9:56 AM EST


ONE Championship fans witnessed several exciting bouts on the opening card of 2022. One such intriguing bout was the lightweight MMA clash between Saygid Izagakhmaev and James Nakashima in the main card of ONE: HEAVY HITTERS.

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Ever since the UFC lightweight GOAT, Khabib Nurmagomedov, broke the news of his teammate Izagakhmaev inking a deal with ONE Championship, fans have been eager to see him in action. Furthermore, several eyes were on this bout as ‘The Eagle’ announced he would be in the corner of his long-time training partner.

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Izagakhmaev, who was 19-2 coming into this bout, made his promotional debut riding on a 2-fight win streak. Furthermore, the Dagestani fighter vowed to mix things up at ONE: HEAVY HITTERS.

Meanwhile, Nakashima, who was 12-2 coming into this bout, was riding on a 2-fight losing streak. Before that, ‘Nako’ was on an amazing undefeated 12-fight win streak.

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Saygid Izagakhmaev dominates James Nakashima at ONE: HEAVY HITTERS

The pair started slow and had a stand-up fight for the first four minutes of round one. Furthermore, the two were looking sharp on their feet. Izagakhmaev scored the first takedown of the fight in the last minute of the opening round.

In the second round, the Dagestani fighter started strong as he immediately scored a takedown. He then put Nakashima in a deep head and arm choke.

The bout resulted in Izagakhmaev winning via submission in the second round.

The Dagestani fighter had some intriguing words to say

As soon as Izagakhmaev won, he wasted no time and called out Shinya Aoki in the post-fight interview. Furthermore, he had some intriguing words to say.

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In the post-fight interview, the Dagestani fighter said“I will kill Aoki. I will destroy Aoki.” Moreover, he wants the newly introduced $50k bonus.

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Were you excited to watch ONE: HEAVY HITTERS? Do share with us your favorite fight from this exciting event in the comments section down below.

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC, and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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