Vitaly Bigdash, 33, of Rostov, Russia and Leandro Ataides, 31, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil were supposed to compete at “ONE: Kings of Courage” on January 20, 2018 but their middleweight bout was cancelled. It was rescheduled on May 12, 2018 at “ONE: Grit and Glory” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Both Bigdash and Ataides hope that victory at “ONE: Grit and Glory” could to a title date with reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 32, of Kachin, Myanmar. Bigdash said, “I will be very active, and I am going to aim for a knockout or a submission, nothing else.”
“Winning is the minimum result,” Bigdash added. “Once I win this bout, everyone will understand that I am qualified for a title shot. I want a title shot, period.”
Yet despite the high ceiling for Bigdash, Ataides has the extensive professional background between the two combatants, giving him the advantage in experience and making the bout dead even on paper. The Brazilian contender guaranteed, “This fight is going to be a treat for the fans.”
“We’re both hungry warriors, and we are probably just a win away from a title shot,” Ataides continued. “Whatever happened previously in our careers doesn’t matter much anymore because what’s important is what happens next. I believe I’m ahead of the game because of how much I have improved as a martial artist.”
With the middleweight clash between Bigdash and Ataides promising to be an action-packed affair, fans are definitely riled up to see the colossal showdown. Both fighters have great enough potential that a loss for either of them would reap the same benefits as a win.
“He wants to win, and I want to win as well,” Bigdash said of Ataides. “We know what is at stake in this bout. Fans should expect fireworks inside the cage on May 12. We will be going at it.”
Meanwhile, here is a video featuring Bigdash and Aung: