Reinier De Ridder is all set to make his ONE Championship return at ONE: Full Circle when he fights ONE Welterweight champion Kiamrian Abbasov. De Ridder will be defending his ONE Middleweight title at the event and ahead of the fight, De Ridder is full of confidence.
Speaking to SCMP MMA, De Ridder noted that he has improved a lot since his outing against Aung La N Sang.
“These are my prime years. I’m at the top of my game. I’m fitter, stronger, better than ever. I just want to showcase that. I want to be active. I want the competition. I want the best guys in front of me, so it’s been pretty frustrating to watch from the sideline. The guy who fought Aung is nothing like the guy I am today. My footwork and striking is better, my takedowns are on another level, my jiujitsu has only gotten better,” De Ridder noted.
He further went on to add that the new US$50,000 performance bonuses that ONE Championship has introduced will be an extra-added motivation although he is someone that always go for the finish.
“Definitely – I always hunt for the finish, and it’s another motivation. To be out his long really lit a fire under my ass. I need to finish guys. The last time I fought Aung there was a lot of last-minute stuff going there, being called a week out. I couldn’t really access the same fire in that fight, and this time I definitely will. I will finish this guy,” De Ridder added.
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