Vitaly Bigdash retains middleweight title in Jakarta

Vitaly Bigdash retains his middleweight title. Photo: David Ash.

ONE Championship returned to the Jakarta Convention Centre for ONE: Quest for Power where Vitaly Bigdash made a successful first defence of his middleweight title.

Quest for Power, ONE’s first event of 2017, saw the Chechen fighter defeat top contender Aung La N Sang in devastating style.

From the opening rounds of the headline bout of ONE: Quest for Power, Bigdash took control of the fight, dominating N Sang in the standing and ground game. It was a spirited and technical performance from The Burmese Python, who took the fight on short notice, but eventually not enough to slow a storming Bigdash.

In the co-main event, 27-year-old Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia authored 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.

Yokota stalked Nguyen, looking to throw combinations but Nguyen timed Yokota 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.

Martin Nguyen authored one of the most spectacular finishes of the night, stopping Kazunori Yokota in the first.

A highly-anticipated lightweight showdown between Georgi Stoyanov of Bulgaria and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev of Russia ended, after Arslanaliev landed an illegal soccer kick to his opponent.

Arslanaliev swarmed Stoyanov from the beginning of the bout and completely outclassed the Bulgarian, but the an ill-advised technical ground kick landed and Stoyanov was unable to continue.

Jakarta-based Anthony Engelen pulled out of the best KO’s of the night, felling Malaysian veteran A.J. “Pyro” Lias Mansor in under two minutes in the first round of a scheduled three-round bout.

Engelen pressed Mansor up against the cage fence with a combination before a beautiful right hand felled Mansor, earning Engelen one of the most spectacular knockouts of his career.

Local martial arts hero 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.

Sunoto wasted no time in taking the fight directly to Heng, challenging the Khun Khmer practitioner to a striking showdown at the center of the ONE Championship cage. Sunoto however, proved too much for the Cambodian after he gained mount and unleashed the ground-and-pound.

ONE Quest for Power Official Results:

Middleweight World Championship bout
Vitaly Bigdash defeats Aung La N Sang
Unanimous Decision (UD) after five rounds

Featherweight bout
Martin Nguyen defeats Kazunori Yokota
TKO (Strikes) at 3:36 minutes of R1

Lightweight bout
Vincent Latoel defeats Vaughn Donayre
Unanimous Decision

Lightweight bout
Georgi Stoyanov, Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev
(No Contest)

Featherweight bout
Anthony Engelen defeats AJ Lias Mansor
Knockout (KO) at 1:42 minutes of R1

Light Heavyweight bout
Igor Subora defeats Sherif Mohamed
Unanimous Decision

Bantamweight bout
Sunoto defeats Chan Heng
TKO (Strikes) at 2:30 minutes of R1

Flyweight bout
Stefer Rahardian defeats Jerome S. Paye
Unanimous Decision

Strawweight bout
Rene Catalan defeats Adrian Matheis
Submission (Armbar) at 2:08 minutes of R2