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Bigdash makes One comeback at 2017 opener

One Championship (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MAKATI--Vitaly Bigdash is back!

After spending the whole year at the sidelines due to an injury, the Russian pugilist will defend his One middleweight championship in the first event of the MMA outfit for next year, the One: Quest for Power on Jan. 14 at the Jakarta Convention Center as announced on Wednesday.

Bigdash was supposed to defend his title on May 6 at One: Ascent to Power in Singapore, but he got injured during training, which prompted One to cancel the fight.

Now 100 percent healthy again, Bigdash finally gets his title defense bid going, this time in the Indonesian capital and against Poland's Marcin Prachnio.

Meanwhile, two Filipinos will be battling in the undercard against Indonesian foes as they look to silence the home country crowd.

Vaughn Donayre challenges veteran Vincent Latoel, while Rene Catalan test the mettle of upstart Adrian Matheis.

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