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Reinier de Ridder Appears to be like To Redeem Himself Utilizing His Weaknesses


Dutch blended martial artist, Reinier de Ridder has received two silver medals within the European Championships throughout his profession and in addition held two titles on the identical time in ONE Championship after capturing the ONE Middleweight MMA title in addition to the sunshine heavyweight belt. Now, the person they name “The Dutch Knight” is going through probably the most troublesome part of his profession. After dropping his ONE Gentle Heavyweight MMA World Championship to Anatoly Malykhin again in December, 2022, de Ridder will now defend his middleweight crown towards the identical man that took his light-weight belt. M&F caught up with Reinier de Ridder as he prepares for this essential match forward of ONE 166.

“I’m a middleweight, and after I fought at gentle heavyweight I used to be like at 97 kilos (214 kilos). I perhaps placed on round 2 kilos of fats and that’s about it,” the 6’3” de Ridder says about straddling two weight lessons. “I’ve by no means actually been on the prime of the burden restrict for gentle heavyweight. So, middleweight is my weight class, my pure weight class, and (the burden) is straightforward to make for me. I’m not the heaviest man within the middleweights so this can be a great spot for me.”

MMA Fighter Renier de Ridder basking in the cheers of the crowd
Courtesy of One Championship

Reinier De Ridder Is Throwing Our bodies Round Within the Fitness center

After all, middleweight is the division that de Ridder hopes to take care of possession of when he faces his outdated nemesis, Malykhin, on March 1, however the final a number of months have additionally supplied de Ridder with some uplifting moments whereas coaching at his Fight Brothers Fitness center within the Netherlands. “My power and conditioning, I do on the fitness center,” he says. “I’ve my physio apply there. The fitness center itself is sweet. Over the past couple of years, all the nice guys from our space, like all the highest Belgian guys have flocked to our fitness center. All of the Dutch prime guys have come to our fitness center, so I’ve plenty of our bodies to work with. I’ve every thing at my disposal, and I’ve put it to good use during the last yr.”

For Reinier de Ridder, his Fight Brothers fitness center additionally offers a chance to share his huge MMA data and expertise with newer athletes. “it’s very cool,” says the middleweight champ. “I actually take pleasure in instructing the children. I don’t do it each week, however every now and then I’ll step in and take over the lessons, which is basically enjoyable. You see them actually develop.” de Ridder himself has undergone his personal private development after being knocked out in devastating style by Malykhin in late 2022. He’d racked up 16 wins in professional MMA earlier than dropping his gentle heavyweight belt.

De Ridder’s Fights His Weaknesses to Turn out to be The Finest Attainable Fighter

“I’ve had lots to study, in fact, from that combat,” says de Ridder. “It didn’t go my means, it didn’t go my means in a significant means, however all of the small little issues that went improper, like probably the most primary little issues like me; I used to be too gentle. He had plenty of weight on me, which is one thing I corrected. (Then,) from plenty of technical stuff; mentally I wasn’t in the correct way of thinking at the moment. So, I’ve made an inventory of every thing that went improper. I wrote it down and I’ve been grinding at it ever since.”

So, how did de Ridder improve his weight? “Lifted a sh** ton of weights!” he laughs. “And, eat some extra meals, so I gained a few kilos of mass. I received a bit heavier, a bit stronger, which is necessary for this match-up.” The fighter shares that he has been consuming six eggs for lunch and devouring a steak for dinner on daily basis with a purpose to bulk up forward crucial bout of his illustrious profession. For the primary time ever, ONE Championship is heading to Qatar with ONE 166, broadcasts dwell from Lusail Sports activities Enviornment on Friday, March 1. de Ridder tells M&F that he loves ONE Championship’s concentrate on sportsmanship, and says he appreciates the truth that there may be much less “trash speaking” earlier than fights. The must-see blockbuster occasion can be stacked with three World Title clashes in complete, that includes a mixture of MMA, Muay Thai, boxing, and submission grappling.

Reinier de Ridder will defend his ONE Middleweight MMA World Championship towards Anatoly Malykhin this Friday at ONE 166: Qatar, dwell on Prime Video within the U.S./Canada and on Watch.ONEFC.com world wide.

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