Culture | MMA veteran too strong for Mynamar's Aung La N Sang
Myanmar’s Aung La N Sang tries his hardest against Russian Vitaly Bigdash on January 14, 2017. Photo: One Championship
Myanmar’s Aung La N Sang tries his hardest against Russian Vitaly Bigdash on January 14, 2017. Photo: One Championship

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

January 15, 2017 3:57 PM (UTC+8)

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.

Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen dodges a punch from Japanese veteran Kazunori Yokota on January 14, 2017. Photo: One Championship
Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen dodges a punch from Japanese veteran Kazunori Yokota on January 14, 2017. Photo: One Championship

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.

Vincent “MagniVincent” Latoel is declared the lightweight winner over Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre on January 14, 2017. Photo: One Championship
Vincent “MagniVincent” Latoel is declared the lightweight winner over Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre on January 14, 2017. Photo: One Championship

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.

Dutch featherweight standout Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen celebrates his win on January14, 2017. Photo: One Championship
Dutch featherweight standout Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen celebrates his win on January14, 2017. Photo: One Championship

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, beats Cambodia’s Chan Heng on January 14, 2017. Photo: One Championship
Jakarta martial arts hero, “The Terminator” Sunoto, beats Cambodia’s Chan Heng on January 14, 2017. Photo: One Championship

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.

Indonesian flyweight fighter gives it his all against Liberian Jerome S. Paye on January 14, 2016. Photo: One Championship
Indonesian flyweight fighter gives it his all against Liberian Jerome S. Paye on January 14, 2016. Photo: One Championship

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.

Strawweight. Filipino Rene Catalan (red shorts) fights Adrian Matheis. Catalan wins by submission. Photo: One Championship
Strawweight. Filipino Rene Catalan (red shorts) fights Adrian Matheis. Catalan wins by submission. Photo: One Championship

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