To say that ONE: Inside The Matrix was one wild night would be a terrible understatement.
Two World Titles changed hands in ONE Championship’s first truly global show in nine months on Friday, October 30, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium — capping off an action-packed night in “The Lion City.”
Reinier “The Dutch Knight” De Ridder will head back to the Netherlands as the newly-crowned ONE Middleweight World Champion after submitting longtime middleweight king Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang in the first round.
De Ridder sank in a rear-naked choke finish — which Aung La N Sang vehemently tried to defend to no avail — at the 3:26 mark of the round.
At the start of the bout, De Ridder hunted for the rear-naked choke while “The Burmese Python” tried to wiggle free. “The Dutch Knight” then jumped on his back, adjusted his legs around the body of Aung La N Sang, and tightened the squeeze for the finish.
Thanh Le then finished Aung La N Sang’s stablemate, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, to capture the ONE Featherweight World Title from the Vietnamese-Australian.
Le timed a short right hook as Nguyen advanced, effectively rocking the former World Champion. He landed pinpoint punches to get the knockout at the 2:29 mark of the third round.
Christian “The Warrior” Lee and “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan didn’t suffer the same fate as the other two defending titleholders, though. Both instead retained their respective World Titles in exciting fashion.
Lee got rocked early against Iuri Lapicus and was caught in a scary Achilles lock. But the 22-year-old slithered out of the submission attempt, then took the Moldovan’s back. He rained down punches to get the TKO win at the 2:19 mark of the first round.
Xiong, on the other hand, retained her ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion against Tiffany “No Chill” Teo in an exciting five-round match.
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