ONE Championship Double champion Reinier De Ridder is open to the possibility of fighting under Muay-Thai rules in the promotion.
Currently reigning on top of the ONE Middleweight and ONE Light Heavyweight MMA divisions, De Ridder has already expressed his interest in moving up to Heavyweight and capturing a third-world title.
However, before this, he is also ready to explore the possibility of fighting under Muay Thai rules and also called out Cameroonian MMA star Alain Ngalani. De Ridder revealed his interest during the Quite Franklin podcast with Rich Franklin and added that he does not have intentions to go behind title belts in Muay Thai.
“I've been saying this. Give me a Muay Thai fight and I’ll show it off. I’ve been calling out Alain Ngalani. Let's go, why not? After the fight, I talked to Chatri Sityodtong about it and if there's no MMA fight for me in and around October, then that would be a great option. Just give me a one-off I’m not looking for a belt in Muay Thai,” De Ridder noted in the interview.
De Ridder is currently undefeated in his professional MMA career and is coming off a victory against Vitaly Bigdash in his last fight. Prior to this, De Ridder had locked horns with Andre Galvao in a submission grappling match at ONE X. The fight ended in a draw and De Ridder has also been vocal about wanting an MMA fight with Galvao.
Speaking about the possibility of a three-division champion, De Ridder noted that he would be more active than ONE Heavyweight champion Arjan Bhullar and Interim Heavyweight champion Anatoly Malykhin if he wins the title.
“I can fight three times a year in three different weight classes. Why not? I'd be more active than Bhullar and Malykhin,” De Ridder noted.
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