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ONE: Inside the Matrix: Reinier De Ridder chokes out Aung La N Sang to snatch middleweight title

Reinier De Ridder of Holland backed up his words at ONE: Inside the Matrix Friday night in Singapore.

De Ridder choked out Burmese challenger Aung La N Sang with a rear-naked choke in the first round to capture the ONE middleweight belt in the shocking main event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

With the win, De Ridder remained unbeaten in 13 contests, while La N Sang dropped to 26-11-0.

Taking advantage of a La N Sang missed uppercut, De Ridder too the fight to the ground, locked in a body triangle and ironically cinched in the rear-naked choke on “The Burmese Python.”

In the co-main event, lightweight champion Christian Lee (14-3-0) secured a quick TKO victory over previously undefeated challenger Lapicus Moldova (14-1-0). The match took just 139 seconds.

Strawweight champion Xiong Jing Nan (15-2-0) retained her belt with a unanimous decision win over Singapore’s Tiffany Teo (9-2-0) using sharp boxing combinations to overcome the kicks and knees of Teo.

In the final title bout of the evening, Vietnamese-American challenger Thanh Le came through with a spectacular knockout to dethrone Martin Nguyen and win the featherweight crown. It was a third-round inside hook. Further strikes forced the stoppage at 2:19 and cemented the second title change at the event.

In other bouts:

ONE Middleweight World Championship: Reinier De Ridder defeats Aung La N Sang by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:26 minutes of round 1

ONE Lightweight World Championship: Christian Lee defeats Iuri Lapicus by TKO (Strikes) at 2:19 minutes of round 1

ONE Featherweight World Championship: Thanh Le defeats Martin Nguyen by Knockout (KO) at 2:19 minutes of round 3

ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship: Xiong Jing Nan defeats Tiffany Teo by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts – Lightweight: Antonio Caruso defeats Eduard Folayang by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Mixed Martial Arts – Atomweight: Ritu Phogat defeats Nou Srey Pov by TKO (Strikes) at 2:02 minutes of round 2

ONE Championship will return Nov. 6 with ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX II, a previously-recorded event for global broadcast. In the main event, reigning welterweight champion Kiamrian “Brazen” Abbasov of Kyrgyzstan defends his world title against undefeated James Nakashima of the United States. Also on the card is a lightweight showdown between top contenders Timofey Nastyukhin of Russia and Pieter “The Archangel” Buist of The Netherlands.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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