Dutch grappling ace Reinier de Ridder told anyone who was prepared to listen that he would take down and submit two-division ONE champion Aung La N Sang, and he made good on his promise as he dramatically dethroned the ONE middleweight champion in Singapore.
De Ridder (13-0) wasted no time in taking the defending champion to the mat, before controlling “The Burmese Python” and eventually working his way to N Sang’s back.
Once there, the Dutchman patiently worked his way toward a submission as he fought hands with the Myanmar athlete before locking up a rear-naked choke that forced N Sang (26-11) to tap out and concede defeat at the 3:26 mark of the opening round.
De Ridder’s win snapped N Sang’s seven-fight win streak in ONE, and saw him crowned ONE middleweight champion as he extended his undefeated record and claimed the 10th submission finish of his career.
Recap the best of the action via fight highlights and official photos below.