ONE Championship has some actual expertise to observe.
ONE Championship shouldn’t be dismissed. Should you’re a brand new fan of MMA or simply watch the UFC, you’re lacking out on a number of the greatest skills on the planet. ONE Championship has a number of the most attention-grabbing and most gifted fighters on the planet.
That shouldn’t be shocking, as nobody promotion has an entire monopoly on expertise.
Although when taking a look at ONE Championship and their high guys, the matchup issues they may trigger for different high guys in different promotions is intriguing. They’re amongst a number of the most harmful in a single side of the sport or one other, and simply because a few of them haven’t confronted a who’s who of name-brand expertise, doesn’t imply they’re not dealing with some actual robust outs.
So listed here are three of the very best in ONE Championship.
Even when Henry Cejudo hadn’t retired, the case that Adriano Moraes is the very best flyweight on the planet has already been made and it’s exhausting to argue in any other case. Moraes has received the ONE Championship flyweight championship on three separate events, defeating Geje Eustaquio (twice) and Tilek Batyrov to win the belt.
His distinctive mix of pace, power, and measurement at flyweight has made him a tough matchup. It actually was a part of the issue that former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson bumped into with their battle in 2021. Johnson was a extreme mismatch in opposition to Moraes and Moraes used his measurement to again up Johnson, in the end kissing Johnson good night time with a knee to the face.
So when you concentrate on Moraes in opposition to the opposite flyweight on the planet, Deiveson Figueiredo, it’s exhausting not say that Moraes wouldn’t be the favourite. He’s larger, stronger, and simply pretty much as good of a grappler than anybody within the weight class.
You’d have an argument that his sister Angela Lee must be on this record. That’s truthful, however she’s on an extended layoff attributable to her being pregnant and if MMA has confirmed something, is that fighters don’t at all times deal with lengthy layoffs too nicely. It additionally doesn’t deal with bloody and violent occasions like being pregnant in a predictable method, so she’s received to come back again and show she’s nonetheless the identical fighter.
Her brother Christian, however, has stepped up robust in her absence. Like his sister, Christian is a champion of ONE Championship and a younger one at that. The duo received their gold younger, with Christian and his sister Angela each successful their championships at 19 years outdated.
Christian within the ONE Championship light-weight division, Angela within the girls’s atomweight division.
With Angela out for the reason that finish of 2019, it’s on Christian and youthful sister Victoria to uphold the Lee identify within the interim. For the Lees, that’s not a nasty factor. Christian has confirmed to be a really dynamic and cell fighter, utilizing his quickness and surprising power to in a position to put his opponents on their heels.
His victory and declare on the ONE Championship light-weight title came to visit an MMA legend in Shinya Aoki.
He’s 15-3 in his profession, all in ONE Championship, and all however one has been both by KO/TKO or submission. Lee would do nicely in any firm and if that probability for him to take action ever presents itself to him, count on him to take advantage of it.
Reinier de Ridder
Reinier de Ridder needs to be the primary man in a significant MMA promotion to battle for and win three separate weight class championships. To take action, he’ll need to face the first-ever Indian world champion in Arjan Bhullar. Bhullar is the reigning ONE Championship heavyweight king, and de Ridder made it completely clear that he needed to win that title subsequent.
When he known as his shot, it wasn’t Bhullar who was champion, however Brandon Vera, a battle that might’ve been enormous for ONE Championship attributable to Vera’s legacy in each ONE Championship and the UFC.
de Ridder isn’t only a gold chaser, nevertheless. He’s a legit risk for anybody to mess with. The person they name the Dutch Knight is 14-0 in his MMA profession with 9 submissions and three knockouts. He’s additionally defeated ONE Championship’s greatest fighter in promotion historical past (arguably) in Aung La NSang
It’s no denying how good he’s, and if had been to face off with the very best in Bellator or the UFC at any weight class, there can be violence.