ONE on TNT IV is receiving a major overhaul with the main event picture just a few days out from the card. The ONE Championship broadcast partnership with TNT continues into Wednesday with yet another quality card emanating from Singapore Indoor Stadium.
A rubber match for the light heavyweight championship was initially mapped out. This was between reigning champion Aung La N Sang and long-time rival Vitaly Bigdash. Bigdash is out of the picture now but N Sang will still step into the ONE Circle with a familiar foe in the coming days.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported the following, “ONE light heavyweight champ Aung La N Sang will not defend his title against Vitaly Bigdash next week, I’m told. Instead, it will be N Sang vs. Reinier De Ridder 2, sources say. De Ridder submitted N Sang in October to win N Sang’s MW title and is now coming for his second belt. Bigdash failed one of his COVID tests in Russia and has thus been forced to withdraw, per sources.”
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N Sang vs de Ridder II represents an immediate rematch from the pair’s initial contest.
The undefeated middleweight champion de Ridder looks to maintain his spotless record. As well as ward off the challenge of the former divisional kingpin and Sanford MMA product in N Sang.
Aung La N Sang looks to get back to the win column after having a seven-fight win streak snapped. He now has a chance at redemption and an opportunity to even up his series with de Ridder.
Conversely, Reinier de Ridder has a chance to go 2-0 over one of the biggest stars in ONE Championship and underscore to any remaining doubters that the first contest was not a fluke.
Who do you see emerging victorious in this championship rematch at ONE on TNT IV?