While a trilogy fight is no more, a fascinating rematch now headlines Wednesday’s ONE Championship event for the light heavyweight title.
Promotional officials confirmed to MMA Fighting that Vitaly Bigdash is out of the ONE on TNT 4 main event against champion Aung La N Sang due to COVID-19 protocols. With Bigdash’s scratch, Aung La N Sang now defends his title against middleweight titleholder Reinier de Ridder—who captured the title with a first-round submission win over N Sang in October. ESPN was first to report the change.
The loss to de Ridder snapped N Sang’s seven-fight winning streak. The 30-year-old de Ridder has won all 13 of his professional bouts, including a 4-0 start to his ONE Championship tenure as he attempts to become a two-division champion.
N Sang is a two-time light heavyweight champion for the promotion, having lost the title to Bigdash in January 2017 before regaining the belt in a rematch six months later.
Check out the updated ONE on TNT 4 card below:
Aung La N Sang vs. Reinier de Ridder — light heavyweight title fight
Eddie Alvarez vs. Rae Yoon Ok
Oumar Kane vs. Kirill Grishenko
Shinya Aoki vs. Eduard Folayang
Jackie Buntan vs. Ekaterina Vandaryeva (Muay Thai)
Colbey Northcutt vs. Courtney Martin