How Different Will This Rematch Be?

How Different Will This Rematch Be?

FightGeek Hermit - June 29, 2017
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Source: ONE Championship

Back in January, when Vitaly Bigdash and Aung La Nsang first met inside the cage and battled in a gruelling five round war, the majority of the fight was pretty much a dominant display of striking superiority and ground control for the Champion. The Russian landed a critical head kick from distance in the third round, which shifted the momentum of the entire match in his favour. What we witnessed was a polished and well-rounded Champion who could dictate the pace of the fight steadily for 25 minutes and had a total striking output that more than doubled his Burmese opponent. We looked to the stats for more clarity…

ONE 51 - Infograph

Weblog Stats (ONE 51)

A glaring fact we cannot ignore was that Aung La Nsang took that fight on a super short notice, standing in for the actual number one contender of the middleweight division Marcin Prachnio, who was out then with an injury. We cannot deny the significance of having a full camp to condition and game-plan for a specific opponent. Hence, Aung’s performance at this rematch would weigh heavily on the reputation of his camp, as well as his true mettle as a top fighter in his weight class.

Aung has already shown he’s tough to finish. Plus, he now has the advantage of experience, having already competed against Bigdash in a drawn-out battle. But the pressure is all on him now, as he’ll be fighting with the weight of a nation on his shoulders. To top it off, losing this rematch would most likely also cost him a quick turnaround shot at the title again, so long as Bigdash remains the Middleweight Champion.

Will the reigning Champion continue his dominant ways? Or will the “Burmese Python” be able to redeem himself and capture gold while at it? The script is written, the stage is set, we will be watching, and you most definitely should too! Let us hear your predictions in the comments now.


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FightGeek Hermit, an obsessive MMA addict for over 20 years, is the resident fight data analyst and senior contributor for the FightGeek weblog.


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