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ONE on TNT 4 results: Reinier de Ridder becomes two-division champ with second straight win over Aung La N Sang – MMA Root

Rainier de Ridder claims all titles in the ONE Championship.

After agreeing to a rematch against Aung La N Sang in just five days, de Ridder fought a five-round choke fight to win a lopsided unanimous decision in the ONE on TNT 4 main event. This was the second time in a row that de Ridder faced superstar from Myanmar after taking the middleweight title from him last October.

Now de Ridder has grabbed both belts, becoming ONE light and middleweight champion.

Following his last win, de Ridder turned his attention to a third world title when he challenged ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera to a fight this summer.

Before a single blow was struck to start the fight, de Ridder dived to Aung La N Sang’s feet and dragged him to the mat, where he began to use his grappling game. Constantly attacking, de Ridder promoted his position and set his game up for submission, smoothly moving from the mount and then fighting back.

Capturing the triangle of the body, de Ridder punished the Myanmar native, trying to find a strangulation gap, but could not make it to the finish line. Although it took a while, Aung La N Sang eventually slipped out of his hands after trying to be choked with a triangle as he got to his feet again.

Despite little success at the end of the first round, the Burmese Python simply could not keep de Ridder away from his body and legs as he was constantly stuck on his back trying to survive the fights. While de Ridder was unable to finish, even after another close submission, he dominated the fight with the former two-division champion, just trying to find a place to breathe.

As the fight continued, de Ridder relentlessly performed takedowns and grappling attacks as he simply moved forward, kicked in the legs, and laid Aung La N Sang on his back. It was a methodical but very effective game plan in which de Ridder simply maintained control, looked for opportunities to advance his position, and then sought submission.

When time ran out in the final round, Aung La N Sang managed to break away from his back to turn around, but he simply couldn’t deal enough damage to end the fight and return to de Ridder.

While it was not the match that was originally designated by the ONE headline at TNT 4, de Ridder was able to make history by becoming champion in two divisions after winning straight fights against Aung La N Sang while he was playing light heavyweight and middleweight. weight. titles.

ONE has never shied away from giving fighters the opportunity to win multiple titles across different divisions, so it’s possible the promotion could allow de Ridder to seek a third championship title against Vera later this year.

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