Standing 6’4, de Ridder is a lean and mean 185 pounder, and you’ll likely have trouble to find another Middleweight who can compete outside the UFC. At 12-0, with 11 finishes by 7 different methods, it’s very apparent why this 29 year old Dutchman is so dangerous.
This Judoka started training judo at 5 and began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu at 20. Reiner became the world champion at the coveted ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships in the blue belt division. He has also won many grappling titles all over Europe.
After going 9-0 through regional shows in Europe and South Africa, he was signed by one of the biggest MMA organizations besides the UFC, ONE Fighting Championship. One FC is an Asian promotion that has taken the fight world by storm over the past few years.
ONE Fighting Championship, based out of Singapore is a professional MMA, Muay Thai, and kickboxing promotion that began in July of 2011. ONE FC is also the same promotion that the UFC essentially traded “Mighty Mouse” Johnson for the then-undefeated, One FC Welterweight Champion, Ben Askren.
After starting his One FC career, Reiner rattled off 3 straight wins over guy’s with a combined 50-10 record and has set himself up for a title shot vs. 2 division Champ Aung La Nsang.
The “Burmese Python” Nsang has also defeated the One FC Heavyweight Champion Brandon Vera. This will by far be the “Dutch Knights” toughest fight to date.
Reiner isn’t the most physically imposing figure when you first see him. It’s only once you peel away each layer of his skills set, you’ll truly realize how talented this young man is. Now let’s delve into the technical prowess of the unbeaten phenom.
Stance: Reiner has a southpaw boxing stance but if you look a little deeper you’ll realize that it’s very indicative of not only his stand up game but it’s a set up for his array of Takedowns.
A wrestler that is right-handed is taught to lead with his right leg, aka his penetration lead leg. Therefore you’d be a southpaw in boxing terms but in wrestling, the right lead leg is by far the most common.
Reiner has a distinct advantage being that he sees orthodox fighters frequently and can train for them as opposed to orthodox fighters having to find specific training partners in order to prepare for a southpaw.
Anybody that has sparred or fought a lefty knows the complications you can run into fighting a guy like Reiner. This is what leads me into his striking.
Stand up game: Reiner learned to strike from his wrestling stance unlike most grapplers who end up switching to a orthodox boxing stance. In turn, this brings them out of their natural wrestling stance with the right lead leg. Reiners ability to adapt his striking from this stance has lead him to be a sufficient striker, and also helps him set up his numerous takedowns from his natural stance.
The clinch is a favorite of de Ridder because of his long legs he can bring his knees up in a hurry and hurt his fellow opponents before they can even make an adjustment. Reiners long steady jab, array of kicks, and ability to punch in combinations really sets up his bread and butter, takedowns.
Takedowns & grappling: In the fight game if you are a grappler, you better be able to disguise the entries on your takedowns. If not you’ll be timed by a sprawl, knee, uppercut or choke. Reiner does this very well in order to set up his many different takedowns.
“Disguising your takedowns” equates to you being able to preoccupy your opponent with feints, strikes, and level changes in order to set up and finish your takedowns.
As a Judo specialist Reiner loves to throw people from an over hook/whizzer position. The term “O goshi” is used in judo to describe a hip toss in which Reiner is a master at. He also is a great takedown artist in space.
Since his lead leg is the same one he had in grappling, he can cover space much faster to execute blast doubles, snatch singles, or inside/outside trips which he can do in the clinch or from space.
Once de Ridder has you on your back, the end could very well be insight. He has an unrelenting top game where he’s constantly looking to pass guard and take the mount or his opponents back. He has an uncanny ability to get his hooks in and snatch his adversaries’ neck.
Remember me saying he has 7 different methods of ending fights? That’s because he can slide in a brabo/d’arce choke if he can’t get his hooks in, so you can pick your poison with this guy. He will also slap you in a head and arm-triangle choke from the mount if you choose not to give your back up for the rear-naked choke.
Also, One FC allows knees to the head on the ground. He stopped the monster Gilberto Galvao (30-6) via knees to the head, adding this to his list of many different fight-ending methods.
Lastly let’s talk about his ground and pound. Reiner loves to cut his knee through and pass the guard as soon as the fight hits the mat. Once he has his opponent stabilized and he’s in a dominant position, he uses very smooth straight punches to soften his target up.
He wastes no movement trying to swing for the fences, therefore not allowing himself to get out of position. He understands that if the guy isn’t going to succumb to strikes, eventually it will open up a submission or score heavily if the fight does end up in the judge’s hands.That’s part of his fight IQ that sets him apart from many other contenders.
When looking for an MMA star, Reiner de Ridder checks all the boxes when it comes to having all the tools to succeed. He’s got the Luke Rockhold size at MW. The judo prowess and takedown defense to negate high-level grapplers, and the striking to help him get into his main forte of grappling.
If you’re looking to get behind a stud that many aren’t aware of, then look no further than The “Dutch Knight”. Just remember when he wins the One FC title, that you heard it first at All Access MMA!