Two-division world champion Reinier de Ridder has always been one to trash-talk his opponents, but he does so in such a way that’s equally threatening and amusing.
His newest target is ONE interim heavyweight world champion Anatoly Malykhin. He’ll defend the ONE light heavyweight world title against the Russian at ONE on Prime Video 5 this Friday, December 2, at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Existing Prime Video subscribers in North America can stream the colossal fight and the rest card live and for free.
De Ridder, who also holds the ONE middleweight world title, posted an Instagram video demonstrating four submission holds and wrote a cheeky caption:
“Yo meatball, are you ready to tap out in Manila?”
Malykhin, somewhat of a jokester himself, responded with a cheeky comment of his own:
“Let's not fight please 😂.”
De Ridder and Malykhin are two of the best fighters in the world, and both superstars hold unblemished MMA records.
Malykhin is 11-0 in his career and 3-0 in ONE Championship, with all three of his wins inside the circle ending in spectacular knockouts.
De Ridder, meanwhile, is 16-0 overall and 7-0 in his mixed martial arts matches inside the circle. ‘The Dutch Knight’ is also one of the most dangerous grapplers in the sport, with four of his wins in ONE Championship coming via submission.
Reinier de Ridder wants a third world title
Reinier de Ridder isn’t content with holding just two belts.
‘The Dutch Knight’ has been adamant that he can move up to heavyweight and that capturing an unprecedented third world title remains on his career agenda.
While holding a world title, let alone two, is a lofty achievement, de Ridder wants to push the boundaries of what it means to be successful in MMA.
In an interview with Morning Kombat, Reinier de Ridder said that his ultimate goal is to add the ONE heavyweight world title to his collection and essentially prove that he’s the best fighter on the planet:
“That’s why I’m here. I want to do something special. And that would be something very special. It’s something I’ve been looking at. I’ve been asking for it for a while.”
Catch the whole interview below: