It’s been three weeks since ONE Championship’s marquee event to kickoff 2017. Here’s the much anticipated and regrettably overdue edition of FighGeek’s Spotlight coverage, on ONE Middleweight Champion Vitaly Bigdash’s successful title defense against uprising divisional contender and pride of Myanmar, “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang.
This main event title match was originally slated for the reigning Champ to face top middleweight contender Marcin Prachnio, who unfortunately pulled out due to injury, which in my humble opinion believe Bigdash dodged a bullet there… The replacement was only confirmed at the eleventh hour, which truly showed commendable bravery of Aung La N Sang and confidence in his own skills, to seize the opportunity and take on such a tremendous challenge under short notice. But in this case, bravery and confidence alone was not nearly enough to surmount the dominance of Vitaly Bigdash, as the Champ put on a beat down clinic for five rounds, subduing “The Burmese Python” and remained as champion of his division.
Here are the main stats summarized and broken down into individual rounds:
As the data shows, the fight began relatively competitive in the first two rounds, as both fighters conservatively paced themselves, gauging their range and felt each other’s power and propensities out. The turning point of the fight began in the third, when Bigdash landed a critical head kick that wobbled the challenger, as the Champ applied pressure in the clinch and ultimately taking the fight to the ground, where he would spend the remaining majority of the fight imposing his will with heavy ground and pound.
A point to note was the significant length and reach advantage Bigdash owned over Aung La, which although was not officially stated in the tale of the tape but was plain to see. This gave the Champ more access to land high-volume strikes on the ground, all without having to work at passing his opponent’s guard to deal a whole lot of damage with optimal strikes.
The result came as no surprise to all who witnessed the fight. The challenger put on a valiant effort displaying his toughness and durability to last all five rounds with the Champ. Perhaps the fight might have been more competitive if he had a full training camp to better prepare for the title shot. But in reality, Bigdash proved too skilled and powerful a full camp behind him, dashing The Burmese Python’s immediate dreams of bringing home Myanmar’s first championship title. I wish Aung La N Sang the best in his continued quest for gold and look forward for his return to the cage in top form again.
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