Vitaly Bigdash, center, being crowned ONE middleweight world champion after a fight in 2015. (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)

Vitaly Bigdash to Defend ONE Middleweight World Championship in Jakarta


JANUARY 03, 2017

Jakarta. ONE Championship has just announced that middleweight contender Marcin Prachnio has suffered an injury and is out of the next event which is set to take place on Jan. 14 at the Jakarta Convention Center.

However, ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash will still have the chance to defend his title against Prachnio’s replacement dubbed “The Burmese Python,” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar.

In addition, two bouts have been added to complete an amazing fight card. Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev is set to take on Georgi Stoyanov, while light heavyweight contenders Igor Subora and Sherif Mohamed will battle inside the ONE Championship cage.

“While it is unfortunate that Marcin Prachnio has fallen to injury, fans of 'The Burmese Python' have every reason to be excited, as Yangon’s own martial arts hero N Sang has been tapped for the main event against ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash,” ONE Championship chief executive Victor Cui said in a statement on Tuesday (03/01).

“We’re ready to blow the roof off the Jakarta Convention Center. You will not want to miss this,” he added.

Vitaly Bigdash of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, will be making the first defense of his title since winning the belt back in October of 2015. With a resounding technical knockout victory over former champion Igor Svirid, Bigdash displayed true grit and determination in one of the most action-packed fights in ONE Championship history.

Bigdash showcased tremendous heart and resolve, overcoming a devastating attack by Svirid to score the upset. Now, he takes on his first challenger as champion in N Sang.

The 31-year-old middleweight standout N Sang is arguably one of the world’s most renowned fighters from Myanmar, whose constricting style of fighting earned him his “Burmese Python” moniker. Born in Myitkyina in the mountainous Kachin State, N Sang belongs to an ethnic minority known as the Kachin. A veteran of 29 professional bouts with records of 19 wins, 9 draws and zero losses, he is on a four-fight win streak in ONE Championship, including three victories by highlight-reel finish.