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Netherlands’ Reinier de Ridder earns 3rd ONE Championship win, beats Brazil’s Leandro Ataides at ‘ONE: Warrior’s Code’ in Indonesia

Leandro Ataides, Olivier Coste, Reinier de Ridder (©ONE Championship)

Leandro Ataides, Olivier Coste, Reinier de Ridder (©ONE Championship)

Combat Brother’s Reinier “The Dutch Knight” de Ridder, 29, of Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands has earned his third victory in ONE Championship. The undefeated Dutch mixed martial artist was one of the winners at “ONE: Warrior’s Code.”

Featuring three Muay Thai contests and eight MMA bouts, ONE Championship held “ONE: Warrior’s Code” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 7, 2020. In the co-main event of the evening, de Ridder competed in an MMA bout in the middleweight division against Leandro “Wolf” Ataides, 33, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Olivier Coste served as the referee. In an exciting contest, de Ridder and Ataides went back and forth with the Brazilian contender opting to go for power shots and his Dutch opponent choosing to unleash well-timed strikes.

In the final round of action, de Ridder turned up the intensity and the aggression. He punished Ataides in the clinch with knees to the body.

After three five-minute rounds, the middleweight bout between de Ridder and Ataides was left in the hands of the judges namely Ian Cartwright of Canada, Rob Cox of the United Kingdom and Eshton Thomas of Malaysia. In the end, Coste raised the hand of the Dutch fighter, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

This gave de Ridder the right to challenge reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang (အောင်လအန်ဆန်း), 34, of Myanmar. The Burmese champion is also the reigning ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion.

Losing to de Ridder downgraded the professional MMA record of Ataides to 11 wins and 4 losses. It was the ninth ONE Championship bout of the Brazilian contender, who is training out of Nova União.

On the other hand, it marked the third outing of Lapicus in ONE Championship. He now has 12 wins and 0 loss.

Including Brazil and the Netherlands, 15 countries were represented at “ONE: Warrior’s Code.” The others were Australia, Cambodia, Cyprus, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Moldova, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Timor Leste and the United Kingdom.

Ataides solely represented Brazil. De Ridder was also the sole representative of the Netherlands.

The first two ONE Championship opponents de Ridder defeated were “King Kong Warrior” Fan Rong, 26, of China and Gilberto “Giba” Galvao, 37, of Brazil. Here is a clip from the Combat Brothers representative’s recent win:

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