By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I got the chance to catch up with One Championships middleweight champion Vitaly Bigdash. Vitaly is 9-0 as a professional mixed martial artist and looking to extend his streak to 10. June 30 he will have the chance to do just that at One Championship: Light of a Nation. Let’s have a seat with the undisputed and undefeated champ and ask some questions.
Nick: What does it mean (to you) to be a fighter?
Vitaly: Everyone has a different idea about the word “fighter”. The connotation of the word is both positive and negative. Some people fight each other. Some people fight crimes or fires. There’s a lot of things we fight for in this life, but what I think is truly a fighter is someone who pushes past all of life’s uncertainties. Someone who turns it all into good. Life throws them a bunch of problems, and they treat it like they were handed their favorite candy.
Nick: What would you say is your best attribute as a fighter?
Vitaly: I always look at myself as a well-rounded fighter. As fighters, we often developed specific techniques that we grow fond of. These techniques become our “bread and butter,” and we often rely on these techniques to get us through hard rolls and competition. It is important to have an A game that we can go to in times of need, but it is even more important to advance your game by becoming a more well-rounded fighter.
Nick: You have 8 finishes out of 9 professional fights. 4 via KO/TKO and 4 via submission. With an impressive resume like that do you prefer a striking battle or a grappling match?
Vitaly: I am a type of fighter who can compete whether it’s standing up or exchanging leverage and positions on the mat. A true warrior in this sport can fight anywhere and under any circumstance.
Nick: June 30 you will be taking on a tough opponent in Aung La Nsang. Earlier in the year, you had stepped into the octagon with him for your first meeting which you won via unanimous decision. Have you changed your training for the second meeting?
Vitaly: Training camp is really doing well. I love how I prepared for this camp. As we wrap up the training camp, we now channel our focus on the mental aspect. Since we fought before we know how high his energy is. We have to be mentally prepared as well.
Nick: In your opinion do you think this will turn into another five round war or do you predict a finish?
Vitaly: I will go there and do my job. I am known for my finishes inside the cage. If there’s an opening to get the knockout or submission, I will go for that in a split second. I always want to give fans an exciting fight and a good finish. Unfortunately, they didn’t have that in my last fight against Aung La N Sang. In my upcoming fight, I’m going to give my best. You will see fireworks on June 30th.
Nick: This will be your second title defense and third fight this year. Can your fans plan on seeing you in the octagon for a fourth fight this year?
Vitaly: As much as possible. I want to be back out there and compete, but I am leaving the decision to ONE Championship. I will just face whoever is in front of me. Right now, my top priority is facing Aung La N Sang.
Nick: How excited are you for this rematch?
Vitaly: I am excited to get back inside the cage and expect nothing less than a spectacular showing in Myanmar. Although I respect Aung La N Sang and what he brings to the table, I am returning home victorious and with my belt still over my shoulder.
Nick: Vitaly have you submitted to the takeover?
Vitaly: This is Vitaly Bigdash and I have submitted to the takeover.
Vitaly would like people to come out and show their support on June 30. He will show the world that he is the real champion against Aung La N Sang. He might be the holding the most prestigious title in the world today, but he is also coming to Yangon, Myanmar as a conqueror.
I have to say this was an enjoyable interview for me. Vitaly is a great guy and a better champion. I wish him all the best in his fight. Check out One Champion to see more MMA action. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA