How good is ONE World Champion Reinier De Ridder? Numbers you should know

LockerRoom Team
26 July 2022

Reinier de Ridder is the ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion for a reason.

The fighter’s stats are incredible, and his recent victory over Vitaly Bigdash at ONE 159: De Ridder vs. Bigdash on 22 July at the Singapore Indoor Stadium helped him further secure his place among ONE Championship’s best.  

His run in the organization has been nothing short of spectacular, and here we break down the unbeaten Dutch superstar’s reign of dominance inside the Circle. 

He’s A Showstopper 

De Ridder’s most recent victory stands as his 16th career win, and that is made all the more impressive when considering that he has 16 professional MMA fights to his name. 

His perfect win rate is bolstered by the fact that he now has 14 finishes, with 11 coming by submission. 

Within the Circle, “The Dutch Knight” has a 71 per cent finishing rate, and his average bout has lasted less than 10 minutes. 

He Stands Out As A World Champion 

The 31-year-old superstar is currently ONE’s only two-division World Champion.  

He snatched the middleweight throne from Myanmar sporting icon Aung La N Sang in 2020, and he has defended it twice since then, with his most recent defense coming against Bigdash at ONE 159. 

Not content with just taking one of Aung La N Sang’s belts, De Ridder met “The Burmese Python” for a second time in 2021, and he left the Circle with the light heavyweight strap on that occasion. 

He Is A Two-Time Bonus Recipient 

De Ridder received a US$50,000 bonus for his emphatic victory in the main event of ONE 159, and that’s the second time he has been given the honor this year.

The first came in February, when he picked apart Kiamrian “Brazen” Abbasov at ONE: FULL CIRCLE to retain the middleweight gold. 

“The Dutch Knight” is only the second athlete to earn back-to-back bonuses inside the Circle. 

He Is Hungry To Take On The World 

De Ridder isn't content with being the king of just two divisions in ONE – he is determined to go for a third. 

The ambitious Dutchman has been most vocal about getting a shot at the heavyweight strap, and he asserts that he could take on both ONE Heavyweight World Champion Arjan Bhullar and interim titleholder Anatoly “Sladkiy” Malykhin on the same night. 

Before that happens, download the ONE Super App to catch all the action at ONE 160: Ok vs. Lee II on Friday, 26 August, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.


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