The two were originally set to face off at ONE: ‘Only the Brave’ next week. But the fight had to be postponed after a positive Covid-19 test for Malykhin.
Malykhin (10-0) was next in line to face regular champion Arjan Bhullar who turned down multiple offers to fight him. The undefeated Russian is coming off a first round knockout win over Amir Aliakbari at ONE: ‘Revolution’.
Grishenko (5-0) has also won two fights out of two since signing for ONE Championship. The Belarusian has benefitted from Bhullar’s absence and will have the opportunity to fight for the belt.
The bout had originally been scheduled to take place at ONE: ‘X’ last month and there is definitely bad blood between the two men. Fernandes accuses his opponent of using PEDs while Lineker claimed the champion was running scared and refusing to sign the contract.