Reinier de Ridder, ONE 159

Reinier De Ridder to defend ONE middleweight title against Vitaly Bigdash

ONE Championship’s champ-champ Reinier de Ridder will defend one of his two belts in the main event at ONE 159 on July 22 in Singapore.

Sports Illustrated was first to report the news that De Ridder will defend his middleweight strap against the upcoming challenger in Vitaly Bigdash.

A two-division champ, De Ridder (15–0) holds both the middleweight and the light heavyweight titles.

“The Dutch Knight” De Ridder is undefeated in mixed martial arts and went to a draw in his most recent competition at ONE X in March, a grappling contest against one of the world’s best in Andre Galvao.

Bigdash (11–2) is a former middleweight champion. He lost the title to Aung La N Sang, but he avenged that loss this past February in a rematch.

No other bouts have been confirmed at this time.

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