Vitaly Bigdash wants to cap off his rivalry with Aung La N Sang in dominant fashion at ONE: FULL CIRCLE.
The pair of former ONE Middleweight World Champions will square off this Friday, 25 February, and the Russian is confident he can move ahead of the Myanmar icon after they split a pair of epic World Title fights.
Bigdash has already pictured the victory in his mind, and he’s hoping to put that plan into practice at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The 37-year-old said:
“All fighters have their weaknesses. I’m not going to tell you what holes in his game I’ve noticed. I will try and work according to my game plan so I can fight in a manner that is comfortable for me, in a manner that will allow me to finish him in a spectacular fashion.
“I don’t know exactly how this fight will go. Fighting is an unpredictable business, but in my head I want it to end up like this: He’s lying defeated on the canvas, and I’m standing over him.”
After sharing 10 intense rounds with “The Burmese Python,” Bigdash knows nothing will come easy in this mixed martial arts clash.
At the same time, that experience against the Sanford MMA representative has given him confidence that he’ll be able to get his hand raised in their trilogy.
Above all, the Russian believes that his sheer determination – the type he showed in his legendary encounter with Igor Svirid – is an attribute that will set him apart.
“I know my opponent very well. We met twice in the past, and I think I won both fights – the first fight quite confidently. I know him better now, and I’ve been training especially for him. But he also knows me well by now. There we are even. However, I have a clear advantage. My strong character and mental strength.”Vitaly Bigdash
Vitaly Bigdash Eyes Reinier De Ridder And Two-Division Gold
Along with tying up his unfinished business with Aung La N Sang, Vitaly Bigdash knows that a standout win at ONE: FULL CIRCLE could earn him a shot against two-division king Reinier “The Dutch Knight” de Ridder.
The Akhmat Fight Team man wants to regain the middleweight crown he once held, though he’s also motivated to reach the top in multiple divisions – just like De Ridder and “The Burmese Python” before him.
“It will be a dream to try my luck against Reiner de Ridder. He is undefeated and a current ONE Light Heavyweight and Middleweight World Champion. I walk around at about 98 kilograms which falls in between these two weight categories so I either have to drop 8 kilograms or go up a couple of kilos. Going up is always easier. I’d like to try fighting in a higher weight class in the future.”
Despite his lofty goals, Bigdash won’t get distracted from the task at hand. He knows he must concentrate fully on Aung La N Sang before he can truly think about challenging for the gold again.
Future success will depend on his ability to claim the victory this Friday – pushing his winning streak to three in the procees – and he’s fully focused on that goal.
“First I must win against Aung La N Sang, then I can focus on De Ridder and other belts. Becoming a champion in two weight classes, that’s my life goal now, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s move up a notch and if I’m meant to win it, then that’s the way it’s going to be.”Vitaly Bigdash