BJJ Legend Marcus Buchecha Analyzes the Potential Arjan Bhullar vs. Anatoly Malykhin ONE Heavyweight Unification Title Bout

Published 06/01/2022, 3:23 AM EDT

After multiple cancelations, Marcus Buchecha has another set date for his MMA return. The Brazilian sensation will make his comeback at ONE 158 on June 3. While the grappling ace is prepping to make an impact against Australian Simon Carson, he spared some thoughts on the potential heavyweight unification bout between Anatoly Malykhin and Arjan Bhullar.

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Anatoly Malykhin won the interim heavyweight championship against Kirill Grishenko via a second-round finish. After the win, ‘Spartak‘ made an emphatic call out of ‘Singh‘. The unification bout doesn’t have a date, but the fans could expect it to take place sometime this year.

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Buchecha is new to the MMA game, but has a vast experience in combat and a few impressive wins could put him in the heavyweight title picture. Meanwhile, the 32-year-old offered who he thinks could get the job done in the clash of heavyweight champions.

“It’s a tough one because Arjan is one of the best in the game, man. Anatoly is like killing everyone so like, 11-0 now. So if I’m not wrong, Arjan is 11-1, right. They both have like similar records, so similar experiences.”

“It’s hard to pick one but I think right now, who has like a little bit better advantage is Anatoly because he’s more active,” suggested the Brazilian.

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Despite giving the advantage to the Russian, Buchecha believes the fight will be competitive. Since both fighters thrive on the ground, it would lead to a standup contest.

Marcus Buchecha is having a tough time getting inside ONE Circle

The jiujitsu legend, Buchecha, fought only twice at The Home of Martial Arts. However, ONE has presented him with five different opponents on seven separate occasions. Three of the five opponents pulled out of the fight.

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The Brazilian, when asked if his opponents were avoiding him, said, “I wouldn’t say it. Who am I to say, who am I to judge. But if the fight doesn’t happen, if you’d like to say they kind of avoid me.”

Buchecha, however, is keeping his head high and focusing on moving forward despite the frustration of not getting to compete often inside the ONE Circle. And he would expect the debutant Australian, Simon Carson, to show up on June 3.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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