Three keys to victory as Turkish star Alibeg Rasulov goes for ONE Championship gold


With a perfect 14-0 record, Rasulov has built a fearsome reputation in Europe and Asia, but now is the time to take the step up in class and face a former world champion on Ok Rae Yoon.

While his path to this position may be a little faster than expected, there is no doubt he has the tools to get the job done – here are three keys to victory this weekend. 

Make the ground game count

While he may now represent Turkey, Rasulov was born in Dagestan and as with so many of his MMA compatriots has an excellent wrestling background. His takedowns are accurate and explosive, and once on top has the ability to end fights through vicious ground and pound, and an underrated submission game – as four wins via submission testify to. Rasulov backs his ability on the feet, but has acknowledged that is where Ok is going to feel most comfortable. 

Be relentless

Ok has four wins in ONE Championship, and all of them have gone the distance. He has an excellent engine and the ability to make fights move at his pace. His single ONE Championship defeat came at the hands of Christian Lee in a two-round blitz that almost seemed to catch the Korean off guard. As already mentioned, Rasulov is explosive and when fresh can cause real damage early on – with six of his wins coming in the first round.


If being quick out of the gates doesn’t work, then there has to be a Plan B. In defeating Christian Lee in their first outing, Ok was a master at stifling submission attempts and picked his moments to attack and do damage. We know the engine he has so 25 minutes is not going to be a problem, Rasulov can’t let himself be frustrated by Ok, and needs to remain in control of his gameplan, and destiny.

Whichever way this one goes there is a huge amount of hype at the top of one of the organisation’s most competitive divisions – with one man taking a huge step on the way to attempting to unify the class in the coming months.

ONE Fight Night 23: Ok vs. Rasulov takes place in the early hours of Saturday July 6 (4am GST). This is one not to be missed and Middle East fight fans to see all the action live on BeIN SPORTS  as well as



Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! TechnoCodex is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Leave a comment