What would happen if ONE Championship middleweight champion Reinier de Ridder faced UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya? The former thinks he knows the answer and told SCMP that,
“I’m very confident that I would squeeze his head off!”
De Ridder is undefeated and holds a perfect professional record of 15-0. He is the reigning ONE Championship middleweight and light heavyweight champion.
Adesanya’s record stands at 22-1. He holds the UFC middleweight title but came up short when he moved up a division to challenge for the light heavyweight belt last year.
De Ridder holds black belts in judo BJJ while Adesanya was a successful kickboxer before making the transition to MMA. The latter started out fighting in Asia while the former first made his name competing in Europe and South Africa.
Who do you think would win if these two middleweight champions were to face off?