Vitaly Bigdash Submits Yuki Niimura With Rare Reverse Triangle Armbar

Vitaly Bigdash ASH 3302

Vitaly Bigdash has added yet another jaw-dropping finish to his highlight reel.

On Friday, 7 December, the former ONE Middleweight World Champion successfully executed one of the most impressive submissions of the year at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS.

The 34-year-old Russian tapped out Pancrase Middleweight World Champion Yuki Niimura with a reverse triangle armbar just before time expired in the first round.

Bigdash was extra motivated as he entered the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He desperately wants to reclaim the belt, and this dazzling performance may have punched his ticket to a shot at the World Title.

Vitaly Bigdash locks in a STUNNING submission to force the tap from Yuki Niimura at 4:24 of Round 1!

Vitaly Bigdash locks in a STUNNING submission to force the tap from Yuki Niimura at 4:24 of Round 1!Watch the full event LIVE & FREE on the ONE Super App ???? | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast

Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, December 7, 2018

Just seconds after the opening bell sounded, Niimura fired off a pair of blistering leg kicks, but the Russian countered by planting the Japanese debutant on the mat with a huge takedown.

From there, Bigdash maintained control on the ground for the majority of the stanza and peppered away at his 36-year-old rival with punches.

When the former ONE Middleweight World Champion stood up to rain down some even more powerful shots from the top, Niimura was able to scramble free.

That escape attempt, however, would lead to his demise.

Vitaly Bigdash DC 9120.jpg

Bigdash seized the moment by jumping on his opponent’s back.

Then, in a remarkable transition, the Russian swooped around his adversary and locked up a reverse triangle choke. As he secured the hold, he battered away at his opponent with elbows.

Niimura’s struggled to break free, but that only cinched up the Russian’s grip when he finally took his left arm.

A split second later, Bigdash wrenched on the Japanese athlete’s limb and forced him to submit via reverse triangle armbar at 4:24 of round one.

Vitaly Bigdash DC 9159.jpg

It was a big moment for the former middleweight king, who got back in the win column and pushed his professional record to 10-2.

Now, the always-thrilling Russian mixed martial artist finds himself back in contention for the ONE Middleweight World Title and has his eyes set firmly on a rubber match with “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang.

More in News

Amber Kitchen stands in the Circle at ONE on Prime Video 5
Tayfun Ozcan throws a punch on Marat Grigorian at ONE on Prime Video 2
Kulabdam Sor Jor Piek Uthai Ilyas Musaev ONE Friday Fights 19 50
Kulabdam Sor Jor Piek Uthai stares down Ilyas Musaev
Superbon Singha Mawynn successfully defends the Featherweight Kickboxing World Championship against Marat Grigorian at ONE X
Artem Belakh stands in the Circle
Guto Inocente stands in the Circle at ONE 161
Roman Kryklia vs. Francesko Xhaja headlines ONE Fight Night 12
Jarred Brooks celebrates his win at ONE 164
Ilya Freymanov is declared winner against Martin Nguyen at ONE on Prime Video 2
Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek. Uthai is declared the winner at ONE Friday Fights 2
Mikey Musumeci Osamah Almarwai ONE Fight Night 10 54