ONE Championship has loaded up a strong lineup for their fourth “ONE on TNT” card. The live six-fight card on Wednesday night from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore culminates with a title bout between 225-pound champ Aung La N Sang and Reinier de Ridder.
Follow along throughout the evening for live coverage.
Lead Card (8:30PM EDT / 8:30AM SGT) (B/R Live)
Main Card (10:00PM EDT / 10:00AM SGT) (TNT)
Bout 6: Aung La N Sang (26-11) vs. Reinier de Ridder (13-0) (ONE MMA Light Heavyweight Championship) (225 lbs)
De Ridder Uses Grappling Skills To Control N Sang, Earn Second ONE Belt
Reinier de Ridder’s dominant grappling took him through a five-round fight to defeat Aung La N Sang and earn the ONE MMA Light Heavyweight Championship. The unanimous decision win made de Ridder a two-division champion and also scored him his second victory against N Sang within a year’s time.
Most of the rounds worked the same for de Ridder. The 30-year-old kept N Sang on his back for most of the fight, constantly looking for dominant positions or submission attempts.
De Ridder is already looking for his third championship, as he called out the ONE Heavyweight Champion during his post-fight interview.
“Brandon Vera, what you up to this summer? Let’s go,” said de Ridder in his post-fight interview.
As it was announced earlier in the show, Vera is set to return at ONE’s May 15th card when fighting Arjan Bhullar. It is not known if the fight will air live on that date or be taped ahead of time.
De Ridder earned his first belt in the Fall, submitting N Sang within a round with a rear naked choke to become the 205-pound champion. Now, de Ridder also holds a belt at the 225-pound weight class.
De Ridder commended N Sang for facing him in their two fights.
“You’ve improved leaps and bounds [since] six months ago,” said de Ridder in his post-fight interview.
De Ridder now has a 14-fight undefeated record. Of those wins, de Ridder has five in ONE Championship.
Bout 5: Eddie Alvarez (30-8) vs. Ok Rae Yoon (14-3) (155 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Ok Edges Decision Win Over Alvarez
Ok Rae Yoon prevailed in a close battle in the co-main event against former UFC Champion Eddie Alvarez. The win for Ok gives him his second in ONE and the biggest of his career thus far.
Ok’s best moment was in the opening minutes when his strikes nearly took Alvarez out of the bout.
Alvarez was nearly stopped halfway through the first round when he was dropped by a right hook. While Alvarez was able to get back up to his feet later in the round, he consumed over a dozen strikes from Ok on the ground.
Alvarez started to have success later in the fight, landing his own shots and controlling Ok against the cage. He was able to put together hard shots late in the third round that were giving Ok trouble, clearly doing damage to him.
Alvarez was returning after a controversial fight against Iuri Lapicus that ended after Alvarez landed punches to the back of Lapicus’ head in the first round. The fight was first ruled a loss for Alvarez, although it was recently overturned to a no contest due to the referee’s handling of the fight.
Ok was given his fight against Alvarez after winning his ONE debut earlier in the month against Marat Gafurov.
Bout 4: Reug Reug (3-0) vs. Kirill Grishenko (3-0) (265 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Grishenko Hands ‘Reug Reug’ First Loss Following Stoppage In-Between Rounds
Kirill Grishenko scored a stoppage win to hand Oumar Kane, also known as “Reug Reug,” his first pro loss. The win for Grishenko in his ONE debut came abruptly in between the second and third round of the heavyweight clash.
The finishing sequence happened after the second round finished. Grishenko landed a right hook to Kane just moments after the bell went for the end of the second round. Kane reacted to the punch by shouting at Grishenko, then he dropped to the ground afterward. Kane then remained on the ground in between rounds and after the ruling for the fight was made by the referee.
Grishenko succeeded earlier in the fight, controlling Kane in clinch positions on the feet.
Kane entered the fight with a large amount of momentum, having scored two wins in ONE earlier in the year. His fight on Wednesday was his first that lasted longer than a round in his pro career.
Grishenko now has four wins as a pro. He entered Wednesday on a three-fight win streak that was developed on the regional scene in 2020.
Bout 3: Shinya Aoki (46-9) vs. Eduard Folayang (22-10) (170 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Aoki Continues Win Streak With Trilogy Win Against Folayang
Shinya Aoki scored his second win over Eduard Folayang in their trilogy to continue his run of wins in ONE currently. Aoki finished his fight within a round on Wednesday, picking Folayang apart with strikes on the ground before putting in an armbar to force a tap.
Aoki has now won his past four fights. He scored a big win earlier in the year, submitting former LFA Champion James Nakashima in the first round with a rear naked choke.
The former champ was originally set to fight Sage Northcutt on Wednesday, although the opponent was changed after Northcutt withdrew due to dealing with COVID-19.
After his win, Aoki called for a match with Northcutt or a bout against Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Aoki previously fought Folayang twice. Their 2019 meeting was a win for Aoki, where he put together a first-round arm triangle choke. Before then, Folayang had a win in 2016 that saw him stop Aoki in the third round with strikes.
Folayang is now on a three-fight losing streak. His two previous appearances were last year, where he lost on scorecards to Pieter Buist and Tony Caruso.
Bout 2: Jackie Buntan vs. Ekaterina Vandaryeva (125 lbs) (Muay Thai Bout)
Buntan Defeats Vandaryeva, Scores Second ONE Win
Jackie Buntan prevailed in a close striking battle to defeat Ekaterina Vandaryeva via majority decision after their three-round Muay Thai bout.
Buntan was able to get in and land strikes throughout, although Vandaryeva, the much taller fighter, was able to manage the distance to her advantage. Buntan was critical of her win afterwards.
“There’s always room for improvement,” said Buntan in her post-fight interview.
Buntan had a strong ONE debut earlier in the year, scoring an upset victory over Wondergirl Fairtex.
Vandaryeva had visibly disagreed with the decision after the fight.
“According to all the rules I know, I was supposed to win this match,” said Vandaryeva after the fight.
Vandaryeva’s previous ONE fight was in 2019, where she was stopped in the second round by Janet Todd.
Bout 1: Colbey Northcutt (1-1) vs. Courtney Martin (0-0) (133 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Northcutt Secures Armbar For Second Pro Win
Taking advantage of a position on the ground, Colbey Northcutt slipped in an armbar to submit Courtney Martin in the first round of their fight.
Martin charged forward at Northcutt and scored a takedown early, although Northcutt showed her proficiency from her back by securing the submission win.
“I’ve been working on my grappling, so I’m really happy that I got to show it tonight,” said Northcutt in her post-fight interview.
Northcutt now has two wins as a pro. Her previous fight, which was her ONE debut, saw her defeat Putri Padmi in 2019.
Martin was making her pro MMA debut on Friday after putting together an amateur record of eight wins and one loss.