Brazil’s Leandro Ataides (10-Three) has been on a collision course with former ONE Middleweight world champion Vitaly Bigdash (9-1) for fairly a while now.
As two of the premier athletes within the middleweight division, it appeared inevitable that each athletes would cross paths sooner or later. In reality, they practically did in January.
The Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native was initially purported to conflict with Bigdash at ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE. Nevertheless, only some days earlier than the occasion, the previous titleholder was sidelined with an unlucky staph an infection, and “Leo” was left with no match.
“Vitaly got an infection in his knee, and could not compete,” the 31-year-old Brazilian explains. “Then I got a new opponent, but the doctors said he was not allowed to fight either. I felt very sad, because I worked really hard. But sometimes, there are things we cannot control.”
“Leo” was disenchanted, however he didn’t let the sensation linger. As a substitute, he centered on the issues he may management.
He dedicated to remaining in the absolute best situation, and was ready to simply accept any challenges that got here his approach within the weeks to comply with.
“I did not mind if they offered me another fight straight away, or if they wanted me to wait for Bigdash to be better, as I know everybody wanted to see that match-up,” Ataides explains.
“I work for ONE Championship, I do not ask for any bouts. I just stay healthy and listen to them when they say I have to be ready.”
In the end, the bout with the Russian was one each the matchmakers and the followers needed to see.
The colossal showdown has been rescheduled for ONE: GRIT AND GLORY, which takes place on the Jakarta Conference Heart in Indonesia on Saturday, 12 Could.
“Leo” has remained injury-free, and has had profitable back-to-back coaching camps, which implies he’s twice as ready for the duty at hand.
It won’t be a simple process, nonetheless.
Bigdash has proved to be an elite competitor with unbelievable endurance throughout his time in ONE. He knocked out Igor Svirid to finish an incredible comeback in October 2015 to seize the world title, then efficiently defended it in opposition to Aung La N Sang in January 2017. Nevertheless, he was dethroned by “The Burmese Python” in a closely-contested, five-round rematch final June.
The stakes heading into this Jakarta encounter are sky excessive, because the winner may earn their place as the subsequent challenger for the ONE Middleweight World Championship. However Ataides is assured, and believes he will likely be fitter and stronger than ever earlier than in his quest to defeat Bigdash.
“I will be more prepared this time,” the Brazilian says. “I kept in shape, and trained hard. Before, I was 100 percent ready. Now, I am 200 percent ready. Something good will happen!”
Ataides has been coaching for the match at Capital Coaching Heart MMA in Beijing, China, which is sort of 11,000 miles away from his household and Nova União – his dwelling fitness center in Brazil. Nevertheless, he believes that getting ready midway around the globe helps him obtain the whole focus and focus he must carry out at his finest.
Whereas “Leo” typically has to sacrifice his time to assist others again in his homeland, his coaching camp in China is constructed totally round him. To obtain nice issues, there are occasions an athlete merely has to place himself first, and that’s the luxurious he’s afforded within the Chinese language capital.
“Brazil is my home, but I like to do my training here, because I have good training partners and coaches,” Ataides explains.
“Here, everyone comes to help me, and I have my coaches for everything. I am blessed to have the people I have around me, and because of them, it makes me very confident.”
These days, that confidence has proven contained in the ONE cage.
Regardless of being a five-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, the previous middleweight world title challenger has embraced his ever-improving putting skills, and even has extra knockouts than submission wins. 5 of his profession victories have come by way of KO/TKO.
Atadies’ want to throw heavy leather-based has even brought on these closest to him to query why he has not tried to show extra of his grappling wizardry. However in his upcoming showdown in Jakarta, he hints that he might return to his roots in addition to unleashing his punches, kicks, and flying knees.
“Everyone asks me, ‘Why don’t you show your jiu-jitsu in ONE?’ So okay, I will do my best to show my background. That is the plan. It could be a submission, or it could be anything.”
Regardless of the technique, solely a win will put Ataides in rivalry to problem for the belt, and he believes he’s higher ready than ever to get it.
Jakarta | 12 Could | TV: Examine native listings for world broadcast | Tickets: http://bit.ly/oneglory