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Vitaly Bigdash remains undefeated after successfully defending his Middleweight title against Aung La N Sang in a dominant performance at ONE Championship 51 earlier today.

ONE Championship 51, also known as “Quest For Power” took place in Jakarta, Indonesia this afternoon and featured Middleweight champion Bigdash making his first title defence since winning the belt against Igor Svirid last October.

Bigdash remains undefeated after first title defence

The main event started slowly as both men exchanged spells of pressure over the first two rounds, trading shots but with neither being able to capitalise with anything of significance.

That would all change in the third round as the Russian landed a shuddering head kick which left Sang reeling and although Bigdash failed to finish him off, this pivotal moment would change the course of the fight.

From there, Bigdash gained top position and started raining down vicious ground and pound on the challenger, doing some serious damage and causing blood to steam down the face of Sang.

The final two rounds would follow a similar pattern with “The Burmese Python” helpless and Bigdash imposing his will on the ground, maintaining top control and systematically beating the head and body of his opponent until the end of the fight.

Winning by unanimous decision, Bigdash (9-0) remains undefeated after retaining the title while Sang must now recover after his first defeat since 2013.

Nguyen scores big first round KO

Martin Nguyen (8-1) continued to solidify his claim to a rematch with ONE Championship Featherweight champion Marat Gafurov after a first round stoppage win over Japanese veteran Kazunori Yokota (25-7-3).

Showing a change in his usual game plan with a patient approach, Nguyen stalked his opponent around the cage and tentatively found his range. Three minutes into the round, a stiff overhand right dropped Yokota and Nguyen would rush in with follow-up blows forcing the ref to take action.

“The Situ-Asian” has now won four straight since his first round submission loss to Featherweight champ Gafurov in September 2015.

Arslanaliev moment of madness ends in Disqualification

Earlier on the card, Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (4-1) got¬†carried away as, during a first round scramble, he would proceed to throw a soccer kick at Georgi Stoyanov’s (20-11) head resulting in a disqualification for the illegal strike.

The Istanbul-based fighter has developed a reputation for finishing fights quickly and he was on his way as he swarmed Stoyanov with punches early in the round.

The Bulgarian would grab a leg and refuse to let go as he tried to avoid taking more strikes, but just as he got free, Arslanaliev launched a soccer kick into his face causing him to fall back in pain and the ref to stop the fight.

Clearly not going to recover, the fight was waved off and the kick deemed intentional resulting in Arslanaliev losing his undefeated record to the disqualification.

Meanwhile there was a pair of victories for Dutch fighters as Vincent Latoel (17-18) won a close unanimous decision after a back-and-forth battle with Vaughan Donayre (8-7) and Anthony Engelen (6-2) put 41-year-old AJ Lias Mansor (2-4) to sleep with a highlight-reel knockout in the first round.

ONE Championship 51 full results

Vitaly Bigdash def. Aung La N Sang via unanimous decision to defend ONE Championship Middleweight title

Martin Nguyen def. Kazunori Yokota via TKO (punches) in 3:36, Rnd 1

Vincent Latoel def. Vaughn Donayre via unanimous decision

Georgi Stoyanov def. Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev via disqualification (illegal kick) in 1:28, Rnd 1

Anthony Engelen def. A.J. Lias Mansor via KO (punch) in 1:13. Rnd 1

Sherif Mohamed def. Igor Subora via unanimous decision

Sunoto Peringkat def. Chan Heng via TKO (punches) in 2:30, Rnd 1