“They don’t want to come in” - Reinier de Ridder says his striking and grappling skills work together

[Photo Credit: ONE Championship] Reinier de Ridder
[Photo Credit: ONE Championship] Reinier de Ridder

Two-division world champion Reinier de Ridder explained that when he's in the ONE circle, fighters are scared to trade strikes with him due to how effective his grappling is.

'The Dutch Knight' de Ridder spoke with Brian Campbell on Morning Kombat and explained:

"The good thing is they want to come in, but they don’t want to come in because when they come in, I take them down and strangle them. My kickboxing and my grappling really go hand-in-hand."

Watch the full interview below:


Renier de Ridder has perilous grappling skills. This undefeated fighter has won nearly 70% of his bouts by way of submissions. This includes former world champions such as Aung La N Sang, Kiamrian Abbasov, and Vitaly Bigdash. He loves being a jiu-jitsu based fighter. In the same interview, he said:

"I’m very proud to be able to represent jiu-jitsu like I do. It’s always the goal to take them [opponents] down. It’s always the goal to strangle them."

In competitive submission grappling, the Dutch athlete pushed the all-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu heavyweight great Andre Galvao to a draw earlier this year. His next bout will be headlining at ONE on Prime Video 5.

🏆 UNDEFEATED WORLD CHAMP 🆚 UNDEFEATED WORLD CHAMP 🏆 Two-division king Reinier de Ridder faces his biggest test to date as Interim Heavyweight World Champion Anatoly Malykhin moves down to light heavyweight to challenge for his crown in the main event of ONE on Prime Video 5!

Reinier de Ridder's next ONE Championship fight

In ONE on Prime Video 5's main event, ONE middleweight and light heavyweight world champion Reinier de Ridder will face off against ONE interim heavyweight world champion Anatoly Malykhin.

The Russian slugger is unbeaten in professional MMA and will be aiming for a knockout against the skilled grappler 'The Dutch Knight.' Reinier de Ridder explained in an interview with ONE that he will be seeking a submission victory on December 2:

“[The weight disparity will] be noticeable. But it will feel like I’m the bigger guy because I’m the taller, lankier guy. I’ll be stronger in the clinch, so it doesn’t really factor into it. But of course, every guy is more open to certain moves, and he’ll be open to certain takedowns more than he is open to different ones. And I’ll adjust accordingly.”

It will be a battle of two world champions in the main event of ONE on Prime Video 5 on December 2. This historic fight can be enjoyed live and for free on Prime Video for all Amazon Prime Video subscribers in North America.

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