The battle is an intriguing battle of a BJJ star taking over a striker. Dutchman de Ridder has eight of his final eleven wins coming through submission, whereas Malykhin does have a formidable wrestling background, the final 5 of his wins have come from his palms, the final three of these in ONE.
One of the vital anticipated variations nevertheless, is dimension. De Ridder’s final two fights have each come at middleweight, and he now faces the primary defence of his gentle heavyweight title, in opposition to a person thought of by some to be the most effective within the heavyweight division – and this contains de Ridder who is happy on the prospect of the combat.
“Malykhin is the true heavyweight champ so far as I’m involved as a result of Arjan Bhullar has been inactive for therefore lengthy. So, yeah, it’s the fitting combat. Sure, it’s a cool combat to make,” stated the 32-year-old.
Regardless of the wrestling background, de Ridder is assured of dictating the combat on his phrases – and has no concern about with the ability to takedown his Russian opponent.
“He’s stocky, in fact, he’s lots shorter than I’m,” stated the 16-0 fighter. “He can be a bit bulkier than I’m, a bit heavier. However to be trustworthy, he doesn’t carry something particular there within the wrestling division. We’ve seen in earlier fights that he has a good double. However I don’t actually see him stopping the rest.
“Effectively, he’s harmful, in fact. We’ve seen in his earlier fights, he knocks individuals out. He’s wild. He’s explosive. He’s an fascinating opponent, however he doesn’t carry something actually particular to the desk.”
And, taking this in thoughts, he’s predicting a brief night time’s work.
“I feel I can get in his face and hit him with some good jabs and with some good kicks. Clinch him, take him down, I see me controlling him on the ground, hitting him with some elbows, hitting him with some knees. And I see myself choking him out on the finish of the primary.”
Not stunning, Malykhin doesn’t fairly see issues going that method, however is happy for the combat.
“I’m enthusiastic about challenges like that,” he stated. “He’s an amazing fighter, an amazing athlete. I can be pleased to share the Circle with him. I’m positive it will likely be the occasion of the 12 months! Every combat is essential for me. I prepare as if it’s the final one ever. I’ll attempt to show my finest abilities, my braveness, and I’ll attempt to impress the viewers. They count on a great present. I’m going to win. ”
The Russian acknowledges de Ridder’s glorious floor sport, however thinks he can stifle the Dutchman after which go looking the knockout.
“He has good jiu-jitsu, his transitions are on level. Nevertheless, I’ve good wrestling, too. My base is freestyle wrestling, it’s going to be exhausting for him to take me down. I’ll go after a pleasant knockout as a result of individuals need leisure and other people like stand-up fights.”
The 34-year-old Malykhin is assured of successful the title this weekend, and has the remaining years of his profession already mapped out.
“After I beat De Ridder I need to rule the heavyweight and the sunshine heavyweight divisions till I’m 40, if I really feel comfy at this weight. Then I can provide a gorgeous final combat, thank all of the followers, the group members, and Mr. Chatri for treating me and my household so properly. Then I can hug everybody, shed a tear, take my gloves off, and put them within the centre of the ring and depart.”
We are going to see if the primary a part of this comes true this weekend.
ONE Struggle Evening 5: De Ridder vs. Malykhin takes place Saturday December 3 5am GST on the Mall Of Asia Enviornment, Manila. This can be a night time to not be missed so mark your calendars, obtain the ONE Tremendous App, and go to look at.onefc.com now!