This Friday night from the Singapore Indoor Stadium, it’s ONE Championship’s Inside The Matrix event. The Asian MMA promotion run by Muay Thai legend Chatri Sidyodtong returns to the sovereign island for a stacked up six-fight card, four of which are title matches.
For the ONE Middleweight World Championship, defending champion and Light Heavyweight Champion Aung La Nsang (26-10 MMA, 11-1 ONE) puts his 93kg (185 lb) title up for grabs against undefeated Dutch sensation Reinier De Ridder (12-0 MMA 3-0 ONE). Nsang is 4-1 in middleweight title bouts and 2-0 in light-heavyweight title fights. He looks to make it a fourth consecutive title defense against “The Dutch Knight” who has eight victories by submission. Can the Myanmar native make it eight straight wins and twelve of his last thirteen since coming to ONE or will De Ridder win his thirteenth straight, plus the championship?
For the ONE Lightweight World Championship (77.1 kg/170 lb), Vancouver native Christian “The Warrior” Lee (13-3 MMA/ONE) defends his title against the Moldovan in undefeated Iuri Lapicus (14-0 MMA, 2-0 ONE) as his first two wins came by rear-naked choke. Lee has won his last four fights, half of which by ground and pound and looks to add another one against the flawless Team Leone Petroysan affiliate.
For the Featherweight Championship (70.3 kg/155 lb), Martin Nguyen (13-3 MMA, 10-3 ONE) puts the strap up for grabs against Thanh Le (11-2 MMA, 3-0 ONE), who hasn’t missed a beat in the company since joining up, winning all three of his fights by knockout, two of them in the first round. Nguyen finished his last two fights in the second round and looks to make it three straight in this bout.
For the Women’s Flyweight Championship, China’s own Jingnan Xiong (14-2 MMA, 5-1 ONE) accepts the invitation to a rematch with Singapore’s own Tiffany Teo (9-1 MMA, 6-1 ONE) who lost the championship to Xiong back in January of 2018. Looking to avenge her defeat, the pressure is on her to take back what she may believe to be rightfully her strap. Xiong lost her Atomweight Championship fight to Angela Lee last October after defeating her to defend her other title last March.
In featured men’s lightweight action, Aussie fighter Antonio “The Spartan” Caruso (7-1 MMA, 0-1 ONE) faces off against seasoned Filipino veteran Eduard Folayang (22-9 MMA, 10-6 ONE) and in women’s atomweight competition, India’s Ritu Phogat (2-0 MMA/ONE takes on Nou Srey Pic (1-1 MMA/ONE) as both enter their third fight pitted against one another.
Coverage begins as early as 6:30 am ET only on Pay-Per-View.