Jakarta. ONE Championship middleweight world champion Vitaly Bigdash has a 100 percent finishing rate in his eight-fight professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career, with four knockout victories and four wins from submission.
In his last trip to the ONE Championship metal cage, Bigdash seized the ONE World Championship middleweight belt with a scintillating second-round knockout of Igor Svirid.
The 32-year-old Russian combatant now looks set to defend his gold-plated strap for the first time against Burmese MMA superstar Aung La N Sang — the highlight of the ONE: Quest for Power event at the Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Jan. 14.
"I don’t want to leave anything to chance every time I step inside the cage. The judges are not always on your side. The outcome of the fight should be decided by the fighters. That’s why I always go for the finish," Bigdash said in a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday (11/01).
"I won all of my fights by either knockout or submission. I want to continue my way of winning fights in my first title defense," he added.
However, it appears that fishing for the stoppage will be a tough task for Bigdash as Aung La has a 95 percent success rate of thwarting his opponents.
Aung La holds 11 wins by way of submission as well as seven knockouts. Moreover, the 31-year-old Burmese fighter has stopped three of his last four foes in the ONE Championship.
Bigdash has a tall order in front of him, but the champion remains optimistic that he will walk away with the world title around his waist.
Although he does not see any weak spot in Aung La, Bigdash believes he has the upper hand in the stand-up department.
"He does not have weak spots, but his striking is weaker than his grappling, for sure. Grappling is his stronghold. If he prefers to strike me, I know that I will have the edge," Bigdash said.
Aung La might have an elite submission arsenal coming into the bout, but Bigdash issued a stern warning about his ground game.
"I am 100 percent ready [for that]. I am fine to get on the ground with him. Grappling is my favorite area of MMA. I would love to try it with a high-level grappler like him," he claimed.
With Aung La’s gutsy determination to look for the finish, Bigdash expects his five-round championship clash against his Burmese counterpart will have no shortage of firepower.
"This will be an exciting fight. He always goes for the finish. I also want a knockout or submission. Fans can expect an awesome fight," the Russian concluded.