MMA, martial arts

Russia’s Vitaly Bigdash to shut down doubters at ‘ONE: Grit and Glory’

Vitaly Bigdash

Vitaly Bigdash

Vitaly Bigdash, 33, of Rostov, Russia will fight his fourth ONE Championship bout on May 12, 2018. He will face Leandro Ataides, 31, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at “ONE: Grit and Glory” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“I’ve never been more prepared both mentally and physically to take out my opponent like Leandro Ataides,” Bigdash declared. “I will shut down the doubters on May 12. It’s going to be an exciting fight, one that I have definitely been looking forward to for a long time now.”

On October 9, 2015, Bigdash captured the ONE Middleweight World Champion title after dethroning Igor “Lionheart” Svirid, 31, of Almaty, Kazakhstan at “ONE: Tigers of Asia” via technical knockout via knee and punches. The Russian fighter successfully defended his title from “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 32, of Kachin, Myanmar on January 14, 2017 at “ONE: Quest for Power” but during their rematch on June 30, 2017 at “ONE: Light of a Nation,” Aung snatched the title from Bigdash.

In Bigdash’s recent bouts, he displayed more of his grappling but originally, he made his name in the striking department. Having started out in his martial arts journey with Kyokushin karate, he won several tournaments in the aforementioned tough discipline before transitioning to Muay Thai in 2012.

Also in 2012, Bigdash made his cage debut and racked up eight consecutive victories en route to capturing the ONE Middleweight World Championship. Of his nine wins, four of them have come by way of knockout, including his thrilling stoppage of Svirid to claim the gold-plated strap.

The bout between Bigdash and Svirid has come to be widely regarded as the most exciting in ONE Championship history. In the bout, the Russian contender showed both his ability to absorb and dispense damage, coming back from several knockdowns to dethrone the champion.

Since dropping the belt to Aung in their rematch, Bigdash is on the comeback trail, and the first opponent in his path to redemption is Ataides. Here is a clip featuring the Russian fighter:

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