The hottest topic of debate in the first match of the pair’s four-round hybrid was whether the 12-time MMA world champion can withstand Rodtang’s elbows, knees, and fists in the match. Muay Thai opening match or not.
Reinier de Ridder denied any claims that Rodtang could finish the competition in the opening round. In fact, in an exclusive interview with ONE, the two-tournament champion said that he found the first three minutes somewhat in favor of ‘Mighty Mouse’.
I said ONE:
“I think in the first round, Rodtang will have some difficulty understanding the DJ’s movements. It is very different from a Muay Thai match. The movement is very different from that of a Muay Thai fighter. So it will be difficult to track him down. I think it will be difficult to find him. ”
In a word, Muay Thai fighters usually stand on their own two feet. Unlike boxers, they tend to fight in the pocket quite often. Rodtang, too, exhibits a very dominant stance in Muay Thai, while Johnson is quite intelligent and quick in analyzing angles.
Despite the praise for Johnson, Reiner de Ridder doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of Rodtang getting his signature combos and full-fledged shots before the end of the first frame.
“Perhaps he will get there at the end of the first half. Maybe he’ll start landing on the first lap. But it will certainly take some time,” added ”Knights of the Netherlands”.
“It’s great that ONE has this set up” – Reinier de Ridder praises ONE’s super combat vision
ONE X, the 10th anniversary of the Asian promotion, is guaranteed to create some magical moments from the show’s best stars.
Reinier de Ridder himself returns to action in the three-part show, facing off against Brazilian jiu-jitsu icon Andre Galvao in a middleweight grappling bout.
If the Breda native had to pick a match that topped the polls, he predicts nothing will match the excitement of the Demetrious Johnson-Rodtang special rule contest at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. .
“First of all, it’s great that ONE sets this up this way to get a fight, which is great for everyone to watch,” he told ONE.
Stay tuned on March 26 to see the action and drama unfold.