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Jakarta Post

De Ridder crowned world champion, Lee retains lightweight title in ONE bouts

  • News desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31, 2020   /   06:30 pm
De Ridder crowned world champion, Lee retains lightweight title in ONE bouts Reinier “The Dutch Knight” De Ridder celebrates after stripping the ONE middleweight title from “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar in the first round of the ONE: Inside the Matrix main bout on Friday. (JP/Courtesy of ONE Championship)

Mixed martial arts fighter Reinier “The Dutch Knight” De Ridder of the Netherlands has defeated “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar in the first round of ONE: Inside The Matrix’s main bout to take over the middleweight title.

In an event broadcast from Singapore on Friday, Aung La opened up the round with a fast uppercut attempt that just missed the mark. De Ridder countered with a quick shot from range, taking Aung La down to the mat.

A swift transition to the back secured with a body triangle offered De Ridder plenty of opportunities to work for the finish. After several attempts, a rear-naked choke was in deep, and Aung La had no choice but to tap out.

With the victory, De Ridder keeps his unblemished record, taking home the ONE Middleweight World Title in the process.

In another bout on the card that night, reigning lightweight world champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee of Singapore made quick work of the previously unbeaten Iuri Lapicus of Moldova, winning via first-round technical knockout.

At the sound of the opening bell, Lee dashed across the circle, shooting in for a double leg. Lapicus was able to reverse the takedown and land in top position. Lee worked to make his way back up to the feet, taking down Lapicus himself and landing in full mount.

Lapicus tried to scramble, but Lee showed immense control on the mat. From there, “The Warrior” connected on a series of hammer fist blows that rendered Lapicus defenseless. The referee had no choice but to step in and call a halt to the contest.

Vietnamese-American fighter Thanh Le authored a scintillating knockout of now former titleholder Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia and Vietnam, capturing the featherweight world championship title in the process.

Le employed a smart game plan, circling Nguyen with constant movement while unloading thudding high kicks and thunderous left hooks. Nguyen stalked Le patiently, attempting to cut off the circle to land his vaunted overhand right.

In the third round, Nguyen turned up the pressure, at the same time exposing himself to Le’s fast and furious strikes. Not long after, Le connected on a counter left that staggered “The Situ-Asian,” sending him reeling toward the fence. A series of left and right hand bombs ended the bout abruptly, and Le walked away with the most significant finish of his career.