Reinier de Ridder closed out ONE 159 with a dominating performance.
De Ridder retained his title and remained a two-division champion by submitting Vitaly Bigdash. The event took place from Singapore.
De Ridder closed the distance early, shooting for a double-leg takedown. But Bigdash was able to latch onto his neck and secure a guillotine choke. After a brief moment of trying to free himself from the tight chokehold, “The Dutch Knight” was able to pop his head out of his Russian adversary’s grasp and narrowly escaped the clutches of defeat.
A scramble ensued, and De Ridder saw an opening to lock in an inverted triangle. With his head stuck in the choke, Bigdash was defenseless and the referee called a halt to the contest just as he fell asleep. De Ridder earned a $50,000 bonus for his performance.
In the co-main event, ONE atomweight kickboxing champion Janet Todd defeated Lara Fernandez to capture the ONE interim atomweight Muay Thai title and become a world champion in two sports.
Todd started out strong, using her precision striking and well-placed counterstrikes to stifle “Pizza Power” in the first two rounds. But the Spaniard came alive in rounds three and four, bringing the fight to the American. In the fifth and final stanza, Todd turned up the pressure and forced Fernandez on the back foot, as she took the belt by sheer force.
MMA – Middleweight: Reinier de Ridder def. Vitaly Bigdash via Submission (Inverted Triangle) at 3:29 of R1
Muay Thai – Atomweight: Janet Todd def. Lara Fernandez via Unanimous Decision
Muay Thai – Bantamweight: Muangthai PK.Saenchai def. Vladimir Kuzmin via Split Decision
Kickboxing – Strawweight: Zhang Peimian def. Aslanbek Zikreev via Unanimous Decision
Muay Thai – Featherweight: Jamal Yusupov def. Jo Nattawut via Unanimous Decision
MMA – Strawweight: Danial Williams def. Zelang Zhaxi via Knockout at 4:20 of R1
Muay Thai – Lightweight: Sinsamut Klinmee def. Liam Nolan via Knockout at 0:05 of R2
MMA – Lightweight: Marat Gafurov def. Ariel Sexton via TKO at 4:15 of R3
MMA – Welterweight: Valmir Da Silva def. Jin Tae Ho via Submission (Guillotine) at 4:55 of R2