MMA veteran too strong for Mynamar’s Aung La N Sang
Vitaly Bigdash easily retains middleweight world title in dominant performance over 'Burmese Python' in Jakarta event
Myanmar’s “Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang put up little resistance against his Russian opponent, Vitaly Bigdash, who easily retained his ONE Middleweight World Championship on Saturday in Indonesia.
Bigdash of Rostov-on-Don impressed with a great show of strength in a dominant performance over N Sang in the Jakarta Convention Center during the ONE: Quest For Power event in Indonesia.
The Russian kept N Sang at bay with his sharp combinations, while on the mat he connected with multiple elbows and after five rounds, it was a clear win for Bigdash.
In the co-main event of the evening, 27-year-old Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen displayed one of the most spectacular finishes of the evening, stopping Japanese MMA veteran Kazunori Yokota with strikes to win by technical knockout just past the midway point of the first round.
Yokata stalked the Australian, looking to throw combinations but Nguyen timed the Japanese veteran with an overhand right that dropped him to the canvas. From there, Nguyen jumped on his foe and rained down punches from the top to earn the stoppage victory.
Lightweight contenders Vincent “MagniVincent” Latoel and Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre tagged each other with intense combinations during the three-round lightweight contest. Latoel to win by unanimous decision.
The highly anticipated lightweight showdown between Bulgarian Georgi Stoyanov and Russian Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev ended in a no contest ruling. Arslanaliev swarmed Stoyanov from the start to outclass the Bulgarian, but an ill-advised technical ground kick landed for Arslanaliev and Stoyanov was unable to continue.
Dutch featherweight standout based in Jakarta, Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, stopped Malaysian veteran A.J. “Pyro” Lias Mansor in under two minutes in the first round of a scheduled three-round bout.
Colossal light heavyweights Igor Subora of the Ukraine and Sherif Mohamed of Egypt pushed each other to the limit in a three-round show of determination.
Subora effectively used his reach advantage, keeping the smaller, stockier Mohamed at bay with his boxing. In the third round, both fighters fought through exhaustion to make it to the final bell. The Ukranian did just enough to earn the unanimous decision.
Jakarta martial arts hero, “The Terminator” Sunoto, brought the crowd to its feet with a riveting performance to defeat Cambodia’s Chan Heng by technical knockout just a little under three minutes into the first round.
Unbeaten Indonesian flyweight prospect Stefer Rahardian defeated Jakarta-based Liberian Jerome S. Paye via unanimous decision in the second preliminary bout of the evening.
Strawweights Rene Catalan of the Philippines and Adrian Matheis of Indonesia kicked off the Quest for Power evening with a spirited display of mixed martial arts action. After a dominant first round from Catalan, the end came swiftly in the second when the Filipino was able to execute an armbar to earn the submission victory.