Two-division ONE world champion Reinier de Ridder and ONE bantamweight world champion John Lineker officially have their next world title defences booked at ONE on Prime Video 3.
On Friday, October 21, the undefeated, undisputed King of ONE Championship, Reinier De Ridder, will defend his middleweight crown against Russian challenger Shamil Abdulaev in the main event of ONE on Prime Video 3.
In addition, newly crowned champion John Lineker will put his gold on the line against the emphatic #2 contender Fabricio Andrade in the co-main event of the U.S. primetime show.
ONE on Prime Video 3 Main Event
De Ridder, who owns Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and judo black belts, has been absolutely flawless since kicking off his MMA career in June 2013.
The dangerous Dutchman possesses an untouched 16-0 career record, with a phenomenal 87.5 per cent finishing rate, and holds both the ONE light heavyweight and middleweight world titles.
Most recently, De Ridder overcame an early scare to submit former middleweight king Vitaly Bigdash via inverted triangle choke in the first round of their main event showdown at ONE 159 in July.
Now, “The Dutch Knight” De Ridder will attempt to keep his streak alive and make his third straight successful ONE middleweight world title defence.
However, he is bracing for perhaps his greatest challenge yet in Abdulaev.
The promotional newcomer is a multiple-time European and Russian MMA Champion who owns a 13-1 record. The Dagestan native has earned 54 per cent of his victories by way of knockout, and his only loss came via split decision.
On October 21, Abdulaev will look to increase that knockout ratio, handing De Ridder his first defeat and claiming ONE world title gold.
ONE Co-main Event
Leading up to the hugely exciting main event, ONE Championship wets the fans’ appetites with the beautifully destructive bantamweight MMA division.
The reigning king and champion, Lineker, has been a destructive force since joining ONE Championship in late 2019.
The 32-year-old Brazilian has been perfect, rattling off four consecutive victories and taking his career record to 35-9.
His crowning moment came at ONE: LIGHTS OUT this past March, as he knocked out longtime bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes to claim the gold.
For his first ONE bantamweight world title defence, Lineker draws his young compatriot, who seems near-unstoppable at this point.
The 24-year-old Andrade may have less MMA experience with an 8-2 record overall, but he’s riding a seven-fight winning streak and owns an undefeated record since joining ONE.
The impressive run includes sensational first-round knockouts in his last three fights, with “Wonder Boy” establishing himself as a breakout star in the organization.
With such an impressive top end to the card, it leaves fans intrigued as to what other ONE superstars will be present at ONE on Prime Video 3.
Stay tuned to onefc.com for more details about ONE on Prime Video 3.
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