Reinier de Ridder is contemporary off his victory over ONE welterweight world champion Kiamrian Abbasov at ONE: Full Circle. He’s already wanting ahead to his subsequent bout, which he says may probably develop into the ‘greatest achievement’ of his profession.
Following his profitable middleweight world title protection towards Abbasov, de Ridder proceeded to name out Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Andre Galvao. He challenged Galvao to a grappling match at ONE: X, ONE Championship’s historic 10-year anniversary extravaganza on March 26.
Whereas de Ridder mentioned it was ONE’s thought, he has completely embraced the problem and is wanting ahead to rolling with the grappling legend. And while the match hasn’t been officially confirmed by the promotion, it is already firmly within the two-division champion’s thoughts.
In a latest interview with SCMP MMA, de Ridder talked about how the concept got here to be and what it means to him. He mentioned:
“I obtained the phrase per week earlier than the [Abbvasov] struggle. They referred to as me they usually mentioned that ‘we now have one thing good for you.’ I used to be thrilled, man. I am very pleased with this one.”
When requested the place a victory over Galvao would rank by way of achievements in his profession, de Ridder mentioned that being a jiu-jitsu man himself, it will be on the very prime. He added:
“For me, personally, on the very highest, on the prime. As a result of I obtained into the game, the jiu-jitsu facet, and once I began, he was the man who was beating everyone. And really, he nonetheless is, 10 years later, he nonetheless is. So for me, that may be the most important achievement of my life.”
Watch Reinier de Ridder’s interview with SCMP MMA under:
Reinier de Ridder needs to choke out Andre Galvao, struggle Gordon Ryan subsequent
It seems that the sky’s the restrict for Reinier de Ridder. With all that he’s achieved within the Circle to this point, he says he’s solely starting to scratch the floor of what’s attainable.
For de Ridder, beating Galvao is simply the beginning. He’s open to going through Gordon Ryan and different grappling stars sooner or later. ‘The Dutch Knight’ mentioned:
“Yeah, man, who would have thought once I began this jiu-jitsu stuff that I may very well be grappling with probably the greatest on this planet, probably the greatest to ever do it. Man, it is an enormous honor. And to even think about that, I believe I’ve a shot to choke this man out. In order that’s cool, man. That is so cool.”
“I’ve examined my abilities towards the elite, and I’ve come on prime each time. So why not towards this man? It is a large leap. It is an enormous competitors. However I believe I am up for it.”