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Vitaly Bigdash beats Igor Svirid to claim ONE middleweight title after 'Fight of the Year' contender


Vitaly Bigdash and Igor Svirid put on a title fight to remember at Stadium Putra on Friday (Oct. 9, 2015) with the Russian challenger eventually prevailing over the Kazakh champion courtesy of a second round knockout. Their middleweight title fight was the main event of ONE: "Tigers of Asia."

Bigdash had to weather an early storm from Svirid who rocked him with huge bombs which staggered the Russian on numerous occasions. Bigdash, however, survived the onslaught and finished off Svirid a few minutes into the second round with a knee and punch combination, followed by hammer fists on the ground.

"I know he is a very good fighter, a strong fighter, but I just wanted to go with the flow," said Bigdash who improves to 8-0 while Svirid drops to 10-2.

There were eight Malaysian fighters on the card and Ev Ting (10-3) took home a victory with a first round submission win over former feather champion Honorio Banario (8-5). The Filipino shot for a takedown but found himself instantly locked into a guillotine choke and was forced to tap.

Flyweight Ann Osman (3-2) and lightweight Peter Davis (10-4) were less fortunate. Both were stopped with strikes in the opening round with left hooks from Irina Mazepa (1-0) and Adrian Pang (22-8-2) doing the damage, and the latter is already being linked with a 2016 title shot.

Meanwhile, featherweight standout Eric Kelly (11-1) made a triumphant returned to the ONE cage with a unanimous decision win over Hiroshige Tanaka (10-3). The Filipino is known for his technical submission game but showcased ferocious striking skills to take the fight on all three judges' scorecards.

Official results for ONE: TIGERS OF ASIA

ONE Middleweight World Championship bout: Vitaly Bigdash defeats Igor Svirid by TKO (Strikes) at 0:36 minutes of round 2

Female flyweight bout: Irina Mazepa defeats Ann Osman by TKO (Strikes) at 3:05 minutes of round 1

Featherweight bout: Ev Ting defeats Honorio Banario by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:56 minutes of round 1

Lightweight bout: Adrian Pang defeats Peter Davis by TKO (Strike) at 0:48 minutes of round 1

Featherweight bout: Eric Kelly defeats Hiroshige Tanaka by Unanimous Decision

Flyweight bout: Riku Shibuya defeats Eugene Toquero by Unanimous Decision

Bantamweight bout: Dae Hwan Kim defeats Teng Li Ge by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:08 minutes of round 2

Flyweight bout: Gianni Subba defeats Almiro Barros by Unanimous Decision

Featherweight bout: Keanu Subba defeats Florian Garel by TKO (Strikes) at 4:51 minutes of round 1

Bantamweight bout: Saiful Merican defeats Melvin Yeoh by TKO (Strikes) at 1:10 minutes of round 2

Welterweight bout: Agilan Thani defeats Hisham Hiba by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:05 minutes of round 1

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