Leandro “Leo” Ataides, 31, of Brazil was in tears after being declared the winner in his bout against former ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash, 33, of Russia at “ONE: Grit and Glory.” The event took place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 12, 2018.
“I just wanna say thank you, Jakarta!” Ataides told Mitch Chilson during his post-fight interview inside the cage. Overcome by emotions, the Brazilian fighter thanked his coach and mentioned how hard it was to have to be away from his family.
Referee Olivier Coste stopped the middleweight bout between Ataides and Bigdash at 2:41 of Round 3. The Brazilian contender knocked out his Russian opponent via strikes.
This is the fourth win of Ataides in ONE Championship. After beating Bigdash, the Brazilian fighter is now the new number one contender in the middleweight division of ONE Championship.
Ataides will be the next challenger of reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 32, of Myanmar. The championship bout is expected to be the main event of “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” on June 29, 2018 at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
Currently, Aung has 22 wins and 10 losses while Ataides has 11 wins and 3 losses and Bigdash has 9 wins and 2 losses. Aung was the first ever fighter to defeat Bigdash.
In the co-main event of “ONE: Grit and Glory,” Stefer Rahardian of Indonesia competed against Himanshu Kaushik of India in the strawweight division.
In the main event of the evening, reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex Silva of Brazil defended his title from former champion Yoshitaka Naito of Japan in a rematch.