Preview and predictions for ONE on TNT 4: Aung La N Sang vs. Reinier De Ridder
ONE Championship concludes its televised ONE on TNT collection this week with ONE on TNT 4, topped by a rematch with gold on the road and a possible champ-champ topped, as Aung La N Sang defends the ONE mild heavyweight championship in opposition to Reinier De Ridder.
N Sang was scheduled to defend the title in opposition to Vitaly Bigdash in a trilogy bout, however Bigdash has since been compelled out of the combat as a result of COVID-19 protocols.
N Sang and Ridder first met at ONE: Contained in the Matrix I in late October, with Ridder scoring an upset, first-round submission to take the ONE middleweight championship from N Sang. Now, he has the possibility to take the second title from him as properly.
N Sang received the sunshine heavyweight title again in February 2018 with a win over Alexandre Machado. He’s solely defended the title as soon as since, ending heavyweight champion Brandon Vera at ONE: Century in October 2019.
Ridder, who’s undefeated at 13-0, submitted Fan Rong, knocked out Gilberto Galvao and defeated Leandro Ataides by resolution earlier than claiming the 225-pound title.
Who will win at ONE on TNT 4: Aung La N Sang or Reinier De Ridder?
The co-main occasion will see Eddie Alvarez make a fast turnaround following his controversial disqualification loss on ONE on TNT 1 (which has since been overturned to a no-contest). He’ll tackle Okay Rae Yoon, who himself will make a super-fast turnaround after a call victory final week at ONE on TNT 3.
The ONE on TNT 4 fundamental card will open with a heavyweight encounter that includes Oumar Kane and Kirill Grishenko.
Let’s check out these matches extra in-depth.
Aung La N Sang vs. Reinier De Ridder preview and prediction
This shall be a rematch from ONE: Contained in the Matrix I in October, which noticed Reinier De Ridder submit Aung La N Sang in fast, upset style for the ONE middleweight title.
A veteran of ONE Championship, Cage Fury Combating Championships and Ring of Fight, in addition to a bout in Bellator, N Sang captured the ONE middleweight championship with a win by resolution in his second assembly with Vitaly Bigdash. About eight months later, he’d end Alexandre Machado in 56 seconds to seize the ONE mild heavyweight title.
N Sang efficiently defended the middleweight title in opposition to Ken Hasegawa (twice) and Mohammad Karaki, together with a profitable mild heavyweight title protection in opposition to heavyweight champion Brandon Vera.
After profitable his first 9 professional fights all by a end, with eight of them coming earlier than the third spherical, De Ridder made his ONE debut in January 2019 with a 75-second Brabo choke of Fan Rong. He later scored a second-round knockout of Gilberto Galvao and a unanimous resolution over Leandro Ataides earlier than the title win over N Sang.
De Ridder has a three-inch peak edge on this combat and is about 5 years the junior of N Sang, however N Sang is the one of the 2 with expertise in ONE’s 225-pound division. N Sang can be some of the well-rounded skills ONE has and is without doubt one of the faces of the promotion.
N Sang has expertise in jiu-jitsu and comes out of among the finest camps in MMA as we speak, Sanford MMA, however that didn’t assist him from getting submitted by De Ridder, who is without doubt one of the finest grapplers ONE has to supply.
Count on this to be a stand-up vs. grappler affair even with N Sang’s all-around capacity. He’ll need to preserve the combat standing the place he is aware of he has an edge. De Ridder, in the meantime, will look to get the combat to the bottom early and infrequently identical to the primary time they met.
And even with N Sang’s talents and skillset, and higher preparations, it might solely get him up to now.
Prediction: De Ridder through second-round submission
Eddie Alvarez vs. Okay Rae Yoon preview and prediction
This shall be a fast turnaround for Eddie Alvarez after his controversial outing in opposition to Iuri Lapicus three weeks in the past at ONE on TNT 1. Alvarez was disqualified for hitting to the again of the top, however the bout was overturned to a no-contest upon attraction.
After coming over from the UFC, Alvarez was defeated in stunning style by Timofey Nastyukhin within the quarterfinals of the ONE Light-weight Grand Prix. Accidents allowed for Alvarez to compete within the semifinals, the place he submitted Eduard Folayang, however Alvarez was compelled out of the event last as a result of an damage of his personal.
Rae Yoon, a 14-3 veteran of promotions like WLF E.P.I.C. and HEAT, made his ONE debut simply final week on the undercard of ONE on TNT 3, scoring a unanimous resolution win over Marat Gafurov.
In spite of everything that he’s gone via in his ONE tenure so removed from his debut loss, to an damage, to the mess of his final combat, Alvarez has a hearth below him to attain an enormous victory on this combat and inch his method in direction of ONE light-weight gold. However Rae Yoon has an enormous alternative right here to play spoiler and ship one other blow on Alvarez’s profession.
Rae Yoon displayed good placing final week in opposition to Gafurov, and whereas his takedown protection was respectable, there have been fairly a number of instances the place Gafurov appeared to make him wrestle together with his grappling. Which will put him in some hazard in opposition to Alvarez, who has an excellent wrestling base, except Rae Yoon retains his distance properly sufficient. Alvarez additionally has some nice boxing, and the ability in his palms was on full show in opposition to Lapicus.
It is a must-win for Alvarez, no matter how he will get it executed. One other setback right here can be devastating for his present run and go away him questioning what’s subsequent.
Prediction: Alvarez through second-round KO/TKO
Oumar Kane vs. Kirill Grishenko preview and prediction
Just one man will be 4-0 on the finish of this one (a draw or no-contest could have simply been jinxed into existence right here).
After a profitable skilled MMA debut with a second-round end of Sofiane Boukichou at ARES FC 1 in December 2019, Oumar Kane is already 2-0 in ONE after debuting at first of the yr. Kane completed Alain Ngalani within the first spherical of their January encounter and completed Patrick Schmid just some weeks in the past at ONE on TNT 1.
He’ll tackle Kirilii Grishenko, who’ll be making his ONE debut. Grishenko fought thrice throughout the span of simply over a month in late 2020. After a win in his professional debut in opposition to Gennadiy Matveenko in October, Grishenko beat Vladimir Davidovich and Ahmed Mohammed Jabbar Al in the identical night time at NFG 16 to win a event.
To be brutally sincere, it’s just a little stunning that this combat was chosen for the primary card and never Eduard Folayang vs. Shinya Aoki. However, folks love heavyweights, and this looks like one the place we may very well be seeing that particular form of slugfest, heavy photographs from each opponents till one can’t go anymore.
A lutte avec frape professional (a type of wrestling in Senegal), Kane is skilled with issues like clinches and takedowns, which solely provides to the ability he boasts. Aside from that, there isn’t an excessive amount of about these guys identified and each are nonetheless fairly early of their MMA journey.
However ONE seems to be hoping that Kane seems to be a giant star for his or her heavyweight division, and this looks like the form of matchup they’d make to assist enhance his credibility and attempt to give him extra room to develop.
Prediction: Kane through first-round KO/TKO
ONE on TNT 4 takes place on Wednesday, April 28, stay from Singapore. Observe together with FanSided for all of your stay information and highlights.