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[PHOTOS] Japan vs Russia: Yuki Niimura, Vitaly Bigdash fight at ‘ONE: Destiny of Champions’ in Malaysia

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Japan and Russia were among the 16 countries represented at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018. The fight card featured seven mixed martial arts matches and four Muay Thai contests.

ONE Championship held “ONE: Destiny of Champions” at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the seventh bout of the evening, Yuki “Yu-King” Niimura, 36, of Saitama, faced Vitaly Bigdash, 34, of Rostov-on-Don, Rostov, Russia.

Blue Corner

Representing Akhmat Fight Team, Bigdash is the second fighter to hold the ONE Middleweight World Championship title. He reigned from October 9, 2015 to June 30, 2017.

At the age of 10, Bigdash started his training in Kyokushin karate. His father was a colonel in the Russian Armed Forces.

“ONE: Destiny of Champions” marked Bigdash’s fifth bout in ONE Championship. He was the only Russian fighter on the card.

Red Corner

Representing Team Climb, Niimura became the Pancrase Middleweight Champion on November 12, 2017. His martial arts training started in high school in Judo and in Karate.

As an MMA fighter, Niimura has been competing professionally since 2011. Aside from Pancrase, he has competed in Deep, Legend Fighting Championship, Heat and Gladiator before making his debut in ONE Championship,

Including Niimura, three Japanese athletes were on the “ONE: Destiny of Champions” card.  The other two were Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31, of Saitama, Japan and Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi, 35, of Tokyo, Japan.

Fight Result

Niimura and Bigdash competed in an MMA bout in the middleweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the middleweight bout between Niimura and Bigdash after 4 minutes and 24 seconds in the first round. The Russian contender submitted his Japanese opponent via reverse triangle shoulder lock.

Winning at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” improved Bigdash’s professional MMA record to 10 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Niimura now has 12 wins and 5 losses.

“ONE: Destiny of Champions” Main Events

In the co-main event of the evening, Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 23, of Malaysia and Kiamrian Abbasov, 25, of Kyrgyzstan competed in an MMA match in the welterweight division. The Kyrgyzstani contender submitted his Malaysian opponent via rear-naked choke in the first round.

In the main event, Yodsanklai “The Hero” IWE Fairtex, 32, of Thailand took on Luis “Macaco” Regis, 33, of Australia in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest. The Thai contender knocked out is Australian opponent in the first round.

Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Greece, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Portugal, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Destiny of Champions.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.

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