Reinier De Ridder is set to have his second ONE Middleweight title defense at ONE 159 when he fights Vitaly Bigdash. While he does have his eyes firmly on Bigdash, he is still hungry for the third World title in ONE Championship.
De Ridder has been vocal about wanting to move to Heavyweight and in a recent interview with Asian MMA, he once again called out the Heavyweight champion Arjan Bhullar.
“[Arjan] Bhullar. I’ve been saying this for too long now but come on, give me a shot at heavyweight. Bhullar is an interesting matchup. I can’t say too much about my prediction right now, but I’m very confident in what I do, of course,” he said.
He also addressed the interim Heavyweight champion in the interview and also said that he is open to the idea of fighting Bhullar at Light Heavyweight.
"Bhullar is the one, he's the champ, he's the real champ. Otherwise, [Anatoly] Malykhin is there as well. But, Bhullar is my main focus... Give me Bhullar. If they don't want to do it at heavyweight, if he doesn't want to do it at heavyweight, I'll put my belt on the line. Let's do it at light heavyweight,” he said.
Speaking about Bigdash, De Ridder noted that his challenger is too predictable.
“(He) takes his time, picks his shots. There are a lot of single shots on the feet which is smart sometimes. His shots are pretty straight, pretty clean. But he’s predictable, and he gets tired very easily. He’s going to be tired by the end of the first. And he is going to be done by the end of the second,” he said.
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