From former heavyweight king Brandon “The Truth” Vera to rising star “Mighty Warrior” Kang Ji Won, newly crowned ONE Heavyweight World Champion Arjan “Singh” Bhullar has a bunch of contenders looking to plant their flag on his soil.
But two-division ONE World Champion Reinier “The Dutch Knight” de Ridder is also firmly on the Indian’s radar.
De Ridder most recently defeated Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang twice in a row to become the promotion’s light heavyweight and middleweight titleholder.
Following those wins, “The Dutch Knight” said he wanted a shot at Bhullar’s heavyweight gold – and the latter finally responded.
“Respect to [De Ridder for winning two belts]. Good grappler, respect there as well. But he hasn’t faced anyone like me. He’s beaten Aung La N Sang, and that’s about it,” the Indian star said.
Truth be told, De Ridder is 14-0 with an 85 percent finishing rate, owning nine submission wins, two technical knockouts, and one KO.
Still, “Singh” thinks that Aung La N Sang was an easy fight for De Ridder because of “The Burmese Python’s” lack of wrestling and jiu-jitsu defense.
“You know, Aung La has done great things in this sport, but he couldn’t stop a takedown if his life depended on it,” Bhullar said.
“He welcomes the ground game, and he played that game when he shouldn’t have with [De Ridder] because the stand-up is where he was miles ahead. So that’s up to him and his coaches and his approach.”
As for De Ridder, Bhullar has no problem accepting a matchup, but only if the Dutchman proves himself worthy in his own divisions first.
“At the end of the day, [De Ridder] did win, and he has two belts. Let’s see him defend. I will do the same, and if he’s still around, we’ll get it on,” he said.
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