Reinier De Ridder makes a strong case as ONE pound-for-pound king

‘s dominant run in ONE Championship has taken promotion fans by storm, and it seems he has nothing left to prove to anyone at this point in his fledgling mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

The two-division kingpin recently jeopardized his middleweight title against Vitaly Bigdash in the main event of ONE 159 this past Friday, July 22nd.

Bigdash apparently got de Ridder in trouble for the first time in his career after he pulled the guard thirty seconds into the first round and attempted to choke a guillotine.

However, The Dutch Knight showed his resilience to all viewers as he escaped Bigdash’s clutches and finally took home the win a few minutes later with a masterfully executed inverted triangle choke.

Bigdash went limp and referee Mohamad Sulaiman had to stop it for him, with de Ridder improving his overall record to a squeaky clean 16-0.

Since joining the Singapore-based martial arts organization in 2019, de Ridder has proven to be an enigma that no one can solve seven fights in his stint.

De Ridder took the middleweight and light heavyweight titles from Aung La N Sang in two separate bouts and has never looked back since.

Ahead of the Bigdash fight, de Ridder forced Kiamrian Abbasov to knock out thanks to an arm triangle choke and by the looks of it, it seems like nobody can challenge him just yet.

Given how dominant his run has been so far, de Ridder’s claim to become ONE Championship’s top pound-for-pound fighter makes a lot of sense.

After cleaning up both divisions, de Ridder now aims to become the promotion’s first-ever three-division champion.

“They talk about doing something [Anatoly] Malychin and [Arjan] Bhullar first but let me have my chance first. Both in the same night. I do not care. [ONE] Doing mixed rule stuff and whatever, so why not two opponents? Let’s do it,” de Ridder said in an interview.

Interim champion Anatoly Malykhin and reigning heavyweight champion Arjan Bhullar must decide who will earn the undisputed champion award first before de Ridder hopes to compete for a belt in another weight class.

ONE Championship is yet to announce when Bhullar and Malykhin will battle for the undisputed crown, leaving de Ridder to sit on his sideline throne in the meantime.

“The goal is to do something that no one else can. I did that by becoming a champion. I achieved that by becoming a double champion. And now I want to go ahead and beat everyone in the world. Because that’s something special,” he finished. Reinier De Ridder makes a strong case as ONE pound-for-pound king

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