Fresh from his recent title defense, Reinier de Ridder, the two-division ONE champ will be back in action sooner than anticipated for a submission grappling bout against Andre Galvao during March 26..
ONE Championship confirmed that Friday’s matchup would be MMA Fighting.
De Ridder, who holds titles at light and medium heavyweights has rapidly become one of the most powerful champions on the entire ONE roster. He also boasts a flawless 15-0 career record. The Dutch submission specialist most recently dispatched ONE welterweight champion Kiamrian Abbasov by third-round rear-naked choke at ONE: Full Circle in late February.
Now de Ridder will try to reach submission grappling, while facing one the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-jitsu stylists.
Galvao has been a nine-time gold medalist in the ADCC grappling championships. He won a pair tournament victories as well as winning four superfights between 2013, 2019..
Over the years, Galvao has faced and defeated a who’s who list of top grapplers with notable wins over names such as Rousimar Palhares, Gunnar Nelson, Vinny Magalhaes, Braulio Estima and Felipe Pena. Galvao, who had been contemplating retiring, has signed a deal to ONE Championship 2021. His first appearance is now against de Ridder March 26..
ONE X will feature a number of high profile fights including former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson taking on Muay Thai legend Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a special rules match along with Angela Lee facing Stamp Fairtex and Adriano Moraes taking on Yuya Wakamatsu.