The former GLORY gentle heavyweight champion Artem Vakhitov was launched from his contract just a few months in the past after the kickboxing promotion determined to separate from all Russian fighters of his checklist citing an inventory of “obstacles” after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The transfer leaves Vakhitov, 31, free in the market to discover new choices.
Vakhitov’s supervisor Andrey Busygin stated in an interview with MMA Fighting that they’d contacted the matchmakers of thecfu and the PFL on a visit to the United States in April 2021, and at the moment are open to the thought of probably making the transition to MMA.
“Why not ? We are ready to go, as a result of Artem has began coaching in MMA, step-by-step,” Busygin stated. “If he would get the actual date and the actual opponent, for instance, for a struggle, towards a striker as nicely, not with a wrestler or one thing like that, why not? To really feel the cage throughout a primary struggle. It’s very fascinating for society, for viewers, for MMA followers who watch the fights, strikers towards strikers. It’s actually cool and actually fascinating, folks love this type of present, love the punches, love the kicks, love the good dynamic in these sort of fights.
Busygin stated he reached out to UFC matchmakers Mick Maynard and Sean Shelby to begin conversations a few attainable deal, and likewise met with officers from the ONE Championship on a current journey to Singapore.
“We have sent letters to UFC matchmakers [pour informer] that Artem is now a free agent, to see what they will tell us. Let’s see what ONE Championship responds,” he stated. “Also, we have good opportunities to get fights locally in Russia under different rules, to continue in kickboxing and also to debut in MMA. In recent years we have also received good boxing offers. …boxing may not be a good idea [en ce moment]but it all depends on the terms of the contract and what they are willing to offer.”
According to Busygin, the ONE was all for signing the kickboxer in the previous, however Artem opted to re-sign with GLORY at the time. If he chooses to join ONE now, Vakhitov is ready to face Roman Kryklia for the gentle heavyweight title in kickboxing. Kryklia was a part of Vakhitov’s facet for Pereira’s rematch at GLORY in 2021, however Busygin stated that would not cease them from accepting him.
Busygin added that they’d had “friendly talks” with ONE officers in Singapore “however nonetheless nothing severe. We haven’t obtained any concrete presents from them with actual numbers, opponents and dates.
“The ONE Championship could be Artem’s future,” he stated. “Maybe, but not 100%. First of all, we have to get what we want for what we work for and what we prepare for every time. It really depends on all the terms of the contracts.”