The thirty-year-old Dutchman is one of the world’s most well-rounded mixed martial artistes.
A fighter with a background in judo which he started at the tender age of five. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a notable Dutch kickboxer. The Dutchman is a holder of two European silver medals in Brazilin Jiu-Jitsu, purple belt class. He also became a Jiu-Jitsu blue belt champion in a tournament held on Abu Dhabi.
De Ridder currently holds two championship belts from Asia’s One Championship and held the HIT Middleweight Championship.
After making his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2013. He is known as a gifted finisher who has a record of 14-0 which includes twelve finishes with only two of his fights going to the judges’ scorecards.
He has fought the majority of his fights on the European circuit and made a solitary appearance in Africa’s Extreme Fighting Championship. Before being signed by One Championship in 2018.
He has made a name for himself as a grappler and he has excelled at telegraphing how he intends to go about ending his opponents. In October 2020 he perfectly predicted how he would end one of One Championship’s top tier athletes when he submitted Aung La Nsang in the first round. He became the Middleweight champion on that night. Six months later he defeated Aung La Nsang to become the Light heavyweight champion dominantly going about his business in twenty-five minutes.
After his iconic feat of being the first man to follow a champion in two different weight classes and capturing his titles in One Championship. Something he could be the first to do in the sport. He called out One Championship heavyweight champion Brandon Vera, asking for the fight to happen in the summer.
De Ridder should be on the UFC’s radar and if he can be a triple champion he could easily end the year in the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion. If he manages the feat he would be primed for an introduction in either the middleweight or light heavyweight divisions which are due some fresh blood to challenge those at the top.
Do not take my word for it. Please have a look at the tape:
2021 https://youtu.be/t42EVsh4HDM (secures Light heavyweight title via unanimous decision)
https://youtu.be/biZKvetIpIk (secures Middleweight title in first round)