Two-division champion Reinier de Ridder defended his 205-pound ONE Championship belt for the first time on Friday night, dominating Kiamrian Abbasov and securing a submission victory in the third round.
De Ridder’s win headlined “Full Circle,” which took place Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.
It became clear early on in the fight that de Ridder would dominate the battle and eventually secure a finish. The undefeated fighter was able to score a takedown in every round, using these positions to smother Abbasov with ground and pound that bloodied him.
The fight finally came to an end in the third round, as de Ridder took Abbasov down and submitted him with an arm triangle choke.
This bout was the first time that de Ridder had defended any of his belts. He has earned two titles over the past couple of years, defeating Aung La N Sang in two different fights.
Abbasov was attempting to make himself a double champ in this fight. He is currently ONE’s 185-pound champ, a title he earned in 2019 and has defended since then.
De Ridder set his sights on yet another weight class in his post-fight interview, mentioning the two heavyweight champions.
“I beat the welterweight champ, I beat the middleweight champ, I beat the light heavyweight champ. What’s next? Heavyweight, guys. Come on. Let me fight [Arjan] Bhullar, let me fight [Anatoly] Malykin,” he said in his post-fight interview.
Kryklia Defends Kickboxing Belt For Second Time With Quick Win
ONE Kickboxing Light Heavyweight Champion Roman Kryklia had a quick performance in the co-main event, stopping Murat Aygun in the first round with strikes.
Kryklia dropped Aygun twice before the fight was stopped. The first knockdown came in the third minute, where a right cross folded Aygun. Shortly after the fight was resumed, Kryklia knocked Aygun down with a body kick and a right hook to the head, ending the fight.
Kryklia has now retained his belt twice since earning it in 2019. His previous fight was a decision win over Andrei Stoica in 2020.
Aygun was given this title bout after scoring a victory against Anderson Braddock Silva over a year ago. This fight was previously attempted numerous times by ONE before finally coming to fruition on Friday.
Bigdash Defeats Former Champ La N Sang In Trilogy Fight
Vitaly Bigdash picked up a win in his trilogy fight against Aung La N Sang, defeating him via unanimous decision after a three-round battle under MMA rules.
Bigdash used his grappling skills to control La N Sang through all three rounds. He got him down in every round, using these positions to attempt submissions and land ground and pound.
La N Sang was still able to compete at times, stuffing some takedown attempts or landing his own strikes when on the ground.
La N Sang and Bigdash’s first two appearances came in 2017 and were both title fights. They each picked up a win each during that rivalry, with La N Sang getting the later victory of the two.
La N Sang lost both of his titles to Reinier de Ridder in recent years. He came back from those losses in his previous appearance, defeating Leandro Ataides in 2021.
Bigdash’s previous win, a victory in December over Fan Rong, was his first appearance in over three years.
Ozcan Works Toward Decision Win Over Kehl
Tayfun Ozcan returned to the win column on the main card by defeating Enriko Kehl via unanimous decision. The kickboxing win from Ozcan saw him strike with a fight volume and accuracy throughout all three rounds, providing trouble that Kehl didn’t have an answer for.
Ozcan also scored a knockdown in the fight, dropping Kehl in the closing moments of the second round with a switch knee to the head.
Both fighters previously appeared last year as part of ONE’s 155-pound Gran Prix. They both lost on that card.
Veteran Inocente Dominates Susano In Kickboxing
Kickboxing veteran Guto Inocente had a one-sided victory against Bruno Susano, stopping him in the second round of their fight.
Inocente poured strikes onto a tough Susano for all of the fight. Susano was able to stay on his feet for the first round but was given a standing knockdown after taking a spinning wheel kick to the head.
The fight was stopped after Inocente landed a series of punches to the body of Susano.
Inocente is best known for his extensive GLORY Kickboxing career and a short stint in the UFC. His more recent combat sports appearances as of late have been on smaller-scale MMA cards.
Inocente called for a quick turnaround after the fight.
Susano now has two losses in ONE. His unsuccessful promotional debut came in 2021 when he was stopped by Rade Opacic.
De Andrade Continues Flawless ONE Run
The undefeated ONE run of Fabricio de Andrade continued in the first fight of the main card, stopping Jeremy Pacatiw in the opening round of their battle.
De Andrade dropped Pacatiw in the first round with a well-timed knee to the body. This shot visibly hurt Pacatiw and immediately put an end to their contest early.
De Andrade now has a ONE record of four consecutive victories since 2020.
After his fight, de Andrade offered his support for Ukraine, which has been under attack by Russia this week.
“We don’t need war. We need peace, and we need love,” said de Andrade in his post-fight interview.
Pacatiw was coming off his ONE debut, which came against Chen Rui via decision last year.
The Rest of the Card
Former ONE champion Zebaztian Kadestam snapped a three-fight losing streak on Friday, dropping Valmir da Silva in the first round of a bout with sharp punches.
Vladimir Kuzmin made an impact in his ONE debut, defeating Chris Shaw via unanimous decision in a Muay Thai bout. Kuzmin dropped Shaw once early and cut him with strikes later in the fight as well.
Smilla Sundell had a dominant performance in her first ONE Muay Thai debut, dropping Diandra Martin four times before stopping her in the third round.
Daniyal Zainalov won his ONE debut and kept his undefeated record going, using his ground and pound striking to defeat grappler Yuri Simoes via split decision. Simoes is now winless through two pro MMA bouts.
Daniel Puertas had a close three-round battle against ONE newcomer Yibu Jiduo, defeating him via split decision after three rounds.
Drex Zamboanga picked up a win in just over a minute to start the evening, defeating Rahul Raju with a slick combination of punches to the body and head.
Main Card (7:30AM EST / 8:30PM SGT) (Bleacher Report App / Youtube)
Bout 12: Reinier de Ridder def. Kiamrian Abbasov via Submission, Arm Triangle Choke (RD 3) (ONE MMA Middleweight Championship) (205 lbs)
Bout 11: Roman Kryklia def. Murat Aygun via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (ONE Kickboxing Light Heavyweight Championship) (225 lbs)
Bout 10: Vitaly Bigdash def. Aung La N Sang via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Bout 9: Tayfun Ozcan def. Enriko Kehl via Decision, Unanimous (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 8: Guto Inocente def. Bruno Susano via TKO, Strikes (RD 2) (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 7: Fabricio de Andrade def. Jeremy Pacatiw via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)
Lead Card (5:00AM EST / 6:00PM SGT) (Bleacher Report App / Youtube)
Bout 6: Zebaztian Kadestam def. Valmir da Silva via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Bout 5: Vladimir Kuzmin def. Chris Shaw via Decision, Unanimous (Muay Thai Bout)
Bout 4: Smilla Sundell def. Diandra Martin via TKO, Strikes (RD 3) (Muay Thai Bout)
Bout 3: Daniyal Zainalov def. Yuri Simoes via Decision, Split (MMA Bout)
Bout 2: Daniel Puertas def. Yibu Jiduo via Decision, Split (Kickboxing Bout)
Bout 1: Drex Zamboanga def. Rahul Raju via TKO, Strikes (RD 1) (MMA Bout)