Originally from Buynaksk, Dagestani, Russia, Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev, 23, is currently based in Turkey, which is not particularly high on the sport of mixed martial arts. He is a ONE Championship athlete with a professional MMA record of 5 wins and 1 loss.
“Living in a country where the sport is not well known was difficult,” Arslanaliev explained. “I came to reach this point in my career just by my and my team’s efforts.”
“I did not have any sponsors,” the Russian-Turkish MMA fighter added. “In fact, I still do not have any local Turkish sponsors.”
Competing on the most prestigious martial arts platform in the world, Arslanaliev hopes that one day, Turkey will come to embrace the sport as he has, especially since he represents the country every time he sets foot on the ONE Championship canvass. He stated, “This is very sad because I believe I am representing my current home in an international arena very well.”
“Even though it has been difficult, I am always optimistic,” Arslanaliev continued. “Hopefully things will change in the near future.”
Arslanaliev is training at Corvos BJJ & MMA, which is based in Istanbul, Turkey. His first three contests on the ONE Championship stage lasted a combined two minutes and 55 seconds, all ending in quick first-round stoppages.
The lone loss on Arslanaliev record to date was a disqualification due to an illegal kick against Georgi “Stanchev” Stoyanov, 38, of Burgas, Bulgaria at “ONE: Quest for Power” on January 14, 2017. On March 24, 2018, the Corvos BJJ & MMA product bounced back in impressive fashion by scoring a third-round submission victory over Tetsuya Yamada, 28, of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan.
On September 22, 2018, Arslanaliev will compete in ONE Championship for the sixth time. He and Timofey Nastyukhin, 28, of Russia will battle it out in the lightweight division at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.
If Arslanaliev wins at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes,” he will increase his chances to challenge reigning as the ONE Lightweight World Champion is Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam, who is also the reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion. Winning the ONE Lightweight World Championship will be the realization of the Corvos BJJ & MMA fighter’s number one goal upon coming into ONE Championship.
“When I entered ONE, I did not enter to just win a few fights,” Arslanaliev claimed. “Even when we were getting ready for my debut fight, we were really getting ready for the man who holds the title belt. I will take that shiny ONE Championship belt home.”
Have a glimpse of Arlslanaliev’s “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” opponent here: