Singapore was turned into upset city on Friday, October 30.
Two World Titles changed hands at ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX, which was easily the best card of the year for ONE Championship.
At the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Reinier “The Dutch Knight” De Ridder pulled off the biggest shocker of the night by submitting Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang to capture the ONE Middleweight World Title in the main event of the evening.
De Ridder promised to choke out the seemingly invincible World Champion from Myanmar before the match, saying “everybody has a neck” – and he wasn’t denied.
In round one, the Dutchman secured a takedown and quickly advanced his position against the 35-year-old, but Aung La N Sang persevered and got back to his feet, though that led to a more precarious situation.
“The Dutch Knight” dragged him back down, secured a body lock, then submitted the longtime middleweight king with a rear-naked choke at the 3:26 mark of the first round.
The Burmese man’s teammate, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, lost his belt to Thanh Le, who scored a sensational knockout win in the third round to win the ONE Featherweight World Title.
The knockout came at the 2:29 mark of the round, right after he turned the tide against “The Situ-Asian,” who himself looked to be just getting his momentum going as he actively pushed the action.
And that turned out to be the beginning of the end. Le hit Nguyen with a short right hand and the former World Champion desperately tried to swing for the fences.
Le remained calm, evaded his opponent’s punches, and landed a clean left, right punch combination to get the sensational stoppage.
Christian “The Warrior” Lee and “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, meanwhile, walked out of the Singapore Indoor Stadium with their belts still around their waists.
Lee finished erstwhile unbeaten #1-ranked contender Iuri Lapicus in a barnburner, scoring a TKO win at the 2:19 mark of the first round.
The 22-year-old survived an early haymaker and slithered out of an Achilles lock from Lapicus. Lee then rained down punches from the back position to take the stoppage victory.
Xiong, on the other hand, outlasted a tough Tiffany “No Chill” Teo to retain her ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title in a five-round war.
Catch the previously recorded ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX II next Friday, 6 November, by downloading the ONE Super App for free.
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