“Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 34, of Myanmar and Reinier “The Dutch Knight” de Ridder, 29, of the Netherlands will headline “ONE: Inside the Matrix” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on October 30, 2020. The undefeated Dutch mixed martial artist will challenge the Burmese python, who is holding two ONE Championship titles.
Aung is the reigning champion in ONE Championship’s middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. He will defend his middleweight belt from de Ridder in the main event of “ONE: Inside the Matrix.”
Twelve countries will be represented at “ONE: Inside the Matrix.” Aung will solely represent Myanmar while de Ridder is the sole representative of the Netherlands.
On February 7, 2020, de Ridder earned his third ONE Championship win by defeating Leandro “Wolf” Ataides, 33, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the co-main event of “ONE: Warrior’s Code” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia. With this win, the Dutch fighter won the opportunity to challenge Aung, who is set to defend his ONE Middleweight World Championship belt at “ONE Infinity 1” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 10, 2020.
“ONE Infinity 1” was cancelled due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Before the cancellation, de Ridder pulled out of the card because he needed more time to recover from the injuries he incurred from “ONE: Warrior’s Code.”
Originally from Myitkyina, Kachin, Myanmar, Aung currently lives in Elkridge, Maryland, USA with his wife and their two children. He was tested for COVID-19 on June 29, 2020 and the result came back positive on July 2, 2020.
It has been months since Aung recovered from the virus. His return to the ONE Championship stage excites his millions of fans in Asia particularly in Myanmar.
On January 14, 2017, Aung unsuccessfully challenged then reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash, 35, of Russia at “ONE: Quest for Power” in Jakarta. But when they had their rematch at “ONE: Light of a Nation” in Yangon, Myanmar on June 30, 2017, the Burmese challenger dethroned the Russian defending champion.
After dethroning Bigdash, Aung successfully defended his ONE Middlweight World Championship title three times. He knocked out Ken Hasegawa, 33, of Japan at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” in Yangon on June 29, 2018 and at “ONE: A New Era” on March 31, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan and Mohammad “O Lutador” Karaki, 29, of Lebanon at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” on October 26, 2018 in Yangon.
Currently, Aung holds a professional MMA record of 26 wins, 10 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, de Ridder has 12 wins and 0 loss.
De Ridder won three of his 12 victories in ONE Championship. Before defeating Ataides, the Dutch MMA fighter knocked out “King Kong Warrior” Fan Rong of China at “ONE: A Hero’s Ascent” in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 25, 2019 and Gilberto “Giba” Galvao, 38, of Brazil at “ONE: Legendary Quest” in Shanghai, China on June 15, 2019.
The Dutch MMA fighter will be the second undefeated MMA fighter to challenge Aung in ONE Championship. Karaki had his first professional MMA loss after failing to dethrone Burmese champion at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness.”