Saygid Izagakhmaev plans to spend part of the prize money on his family until the next fight

Russian competitor Saygid Izagakhmaev wants to go home and spend some time with his family before waiting for his next great performance in the Circle.

At ONE 163 on Saturday, Izagakhmaev picked up the biggest win of his career by dominating Asian martial arts legend Shinya Aoki. It took 86 seconds to put away the No. 4-ranked lightweight Aoki, leaving the former lightweight world champion behind with a powerful right hand.

Izagakhmaev followed that up with some chops, forcing the referee to step in and stop the carnage. His impressive first round also earned him a $50,000 bonus from the ONE Championship CEO.

During a post-fight ONE 163 interview, Saygid Izagakhmaev said he wanted to take some time off the Circle to return home. While there, he will spend some of his newfound wealth and spend time with his family before returning.

“I haven’t been home for two months. I want to stay at home for a while and spend time with my family. This time I won a lot of money, so I want to spend a little. Then we’ll see when the next one is. I’m ready.”

Watch his post-fight interview below:


Is Saygid Izagakhmaev next in line for two-division world champion Christian Lee?

Just hours before Saygid Izagakhmaev dispatched Shinya Aoki at ONE 163, Christian Lee made ONE Championship history by winning the ONE heavyweight world title in the “Fight of the Year” against Kiamrian Abbasov.

Now holding ONE lightweight and middleweight world championships, “The Fighter” certainly has some options, but when it comes to defending his lightweight crown, only one man makes sense.

With Christian Lee already beating three of the top five contenders in the lightweight division, a showdown with Izagakhmaev seems like the next logical step. Lee also mentioned that he has ONE world heavyweight championship defense against the winner of next month’s matchup between newly signed Roberto Soldic and undefeated Russian Murad Ramazanov.

With both fighters coming off the biggest wins of their careers, it’s probably too early to tell what’s next for each, but it’s clear that Saygid Izagakhmaev and Christian Lee are on a collision course.

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