Fighting out of Russia, Timofey Nastyukhin, 28, failed to dethrone then ONE Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu “No Face” Boku, 41, of Japan at “ONE: Defending Honor” in Singapore on November 11, 2016. Aside from the loss, he also suffered an injury from the bout but he is grateful for the support that ONE Championship showed throughout the ordeal.
During the bout against Boku, Nastyukhin’s right shin snapped and the required surgery to repair the broken shin entailed having a metal plate inserted in his leg. After having an operation in Singapore, the Russian fighter went back home to Russia to rehabilitate his newly-repaired leg and get him on the road to recovery in the rehabilitation center in Belokhurika.
“The doctors at the Singapore hospital did a fantastic job and the surgery went well,” Nastyukhin recalled. He added that the rehabilitation center in Belokhurika was “an expensive facility by Russian standards” and “the doctors are very knowledgeable and they provide good care.”
“ONE Championship took care of my rehabilitation financially, which was a huge relief,” Nastyukhin noted. “It is good to be a part of an organization where you are not left behind in difficult situations. ONE was very supportive of me during this difficult time.”
“I would like to thank Victor Cui, CEO, International of ONE Championship, who took time to personally get in touch and offer his help,” the Russian mixed martial artist added. “Massive thanks to all the officials who came to visit me in the hospital and the lovely note in Russian that they left me. They probably had to use Google translate.”
Less than a year removed from the injury, Nastyukhin made a triumphant return to the ONE Championship cage, defeating Koji “The Commander” Ando, 33, of Japan on August 5, 2017. In 2018, the Russian fighter started off with another strong showing, turning back top contender Amir Khan, 33, of Singapore via unanimous decision.
On September 22, 2018, Nastyukhin is returning to the cage yet again. He will face Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev, 23, of Turkey and Russia at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.
A win for Nastyukhin will mark his third-straight victory since coming back from what could have been a career-ending injury. More importantly, having his hand raised against Arslanaliev will put the Russian contender back in the title picture.
With a surgically-repaired leg and a renewed hunger for the ONE Lightweight World Championship, Nastyukhin is out to prove why he is considered as one of the top contenders in the promotion’s talent-filled lightweight division. Get to know a little bit more about him here: