MMA: ‘Lionheart’ Svirid to defend ONE middleweight title in Shanghai
- Updated: July 26, 2015
July 24, 2015: Igor ‘Lionheart’ Svirid will headline ‘ONE: Dynasty of Champions (Shanghai)’ in China on September 1 when the Kazakh defends his middleweight title against Vitaly Bigdash at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Riding a 10-fight win streak since losing his first pro bout four years ago, Svirid won the inaugural ONE middleweight championship in Singapore last year by finishing fan favourite Leandro Ataides in just 17 seconds.
Bigdash, who fights out of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, will make his ONE debut, as he looks to maintain his unbeaten record after seven pro fights. None of his bouts have reached a decision, Bigdash winning all contests either via submission or by knockout.
Victor Cui, CEO of ONE Championship, said: “Shanghai will be ONE Championship’s next destination and we are excited to bring our world-class brand of MMA action to the colourful city of Shanghai. Shanghai is the largest city in China by population and as such, it serves as the perfect setting for our second event in the country.
“We want our events to resonate with fight fans and give them the best experience, one that they can truly enjoy. ONE: Dynasty of Champions (Shanghai) is shaping up to be another intense fight night. Fans in Shanghai will finally get their wish and experience our live show for the first time ever this September 1. Brace yourselves for a night of explosive, adrenaline-pumping action as the arena will be packed to the rafters.”
Source: ONE Championship (www.onefc.com); Editing by SportAsia