Reinier de Ridder, two-division ONE world champion, will next play ONE welterweight world champion Kiamrian Abbasov. At stake is the ‘Knight of the Netherlands’ middleweight belt, and the 31-year-old has revealed he’s done his homework ahead of his opponent.
In a recent interview, De Ridder revealed his opponent’s skills and tendencies:
“[Abbasov] Switching from attack to wrestling was pretty easy, but he was sometimes a bit overzealous and got knocked down by much smaller guys,” the Combat Brothers representative put it. “He has a good pair of hands, a quick pair of hands. He’s a pretty one-sided boxer, pretty lax in speed, but makes some mistakes in his footwork. He wrestles pretty well but gets knocked down often. So I think I’m dominating from start to finish.”
Reinier de Ridder has been yearning to fight since he won ONE heavyweight and middleweight world title from Aung La N Sang. He beat the former champion in head-to-head matches spanning more than six months in early 2021.
In December, he called Abbasov on his Instagram page. ONE . Weight Class World Champion reply with fire emojishowed that he was interested in mixing it with De Ridder.
Their fight will finally come to fruition at ONE: Full Circle. While it may not be De Ridder’s chance of a third world championship, he will gain his desire to compete with the best by facing fellow world champion in Abbasov .
Reinier de Ridder admires Abbasov’s bravery but confidently stops him
Reinier de Ridder is extremely confident in his skills. The doubles champion has also repeatedly stated that his matchup against Kiamrian Abbasov will be entirely in his favor.
However, he admires Abbasov for taking on the challenge facing him.
“That’s what I take my hat off. It was a big step for him. He’s a lot shorter than me, so I regret trying,” De Ridder said. “He’s an endurance fighter. He’s an all-round good fighter. I just think I’m on another level, and I’m going to show it. I don’t underestimate him. I see it closely. His technique is very clear. I see he has won hearts. But once I get hold of that neck, I will finish anyone in the world.”
In addition to Abbasov, De Ridder also call out like Alain Ngalani in a Muay Thai fight, Buchecha in a heavyweight MMA clash, and even offered to face both Rodtang and Demetrious Johnson in a two-on-one match.
Turning his attention to the game in progress, De Ridder summarizes why he believes the outcome is inevitable.
“Overall, I am better. I am better in attack,” De Ridder insisted. “I will be able to touch him when I want to. I’m the better wrestler, I’ll take down anyone in the world, and I’ll finish anyone in the world as well.”
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