Dagi Arslanaliev is ready to put his one and solely legit loss behind him and begin his climb back up to the highest.
The fighter, who many think about to be the ‘boogeyman’ of the Asian martial arts group’s 170-pound weight division, is raring to make his return to the Circle, two years eliminated from his loss to former ONE lightweight world champion Christian ‘The Warrior’ Lee.
The two met within the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Championship Final in 2019. Dagi Arslanaliev superior to the ultimate spherical of the match following a pair of first-round knockouts over Ev Ting and Amir Khan.
He was scheduled to face former UFC light-weight champion Eddie Alvarez, however the American had to pull out of the competitors due to damage. Lee stepped in to substitute Alvarez and ended up dominating Dagi Arslanaliev for 3 rounds en route to a unanimous resolution win.
Now, years later, Dagi Arslanaliev detailed precisely what occurred in that battle and why he misplaced in a current interview with ONE Championship.
“I was sick two weeks before I fought Christian. I had meningitis and really had a bad time, but I had a lot of responsibilities on my shoulder because my fight was one of the main events. I had to keep preparing so I went for it. I was not strong at all. Meningitis is very unpleasant and it took a lot of power out of me. But still, I lost, and now I’m ready to come back.”
Meningitis is an irritation of the fluid and membranes (meninges) surrounding one’s mind and spinal wire. The swelling from meningitis sometimes triggers indicators and signs resembling headache, fever, and a stiff neck.
The climb back to the highest begins for Dagi Arslanaliev
Dagi Arslanaliev is about to tackle No. 5-ranked Timofey Nastyukhin of Russia in a pivotal rematch between the highest ONE light-weight contenders. The bout goes down at ONE: Winter Warriors, set to broadcast dwell from the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Friday, December 3.
The two fighters met beforehand, with Dagi Arslanaliev scoring a fast first-round knockout of Nastyukhin in 2018. Not in search of a call by the hands of the judges, Arslanaliev enters the rematch with Nastyukhin as the favourite and he needs to mark his return to the Circle with an explosive victory.
He even identified that his fellow Russian opponent’s biggest asset might once more be his greatest downfall once they go back to struggle on Friday night time. Dagi Arslanaliev stated:
“His physical strength [is his greatest asset]. He’s a very strong guy. However, his weakness is in his strength. He believes too much in his power and not his technique. He goes for power with every punch.”
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The Dagestani expects a a lot more durable battle from Nastyukhin this time round, however nonetheless expects to depart the sector with one other spectacular win.
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