The biggest martial arts event of the year has an official date.
BREAKING NEWS: I am super pumped to announce that ONE: Inside The Matrix will feature 4 world championship title bouts…
The last time Aung La N Sang stepped inside the Circle was at ONE: CENTURY PART II in October 2019, where he defeated heavyweight king Brandon “The Truth” Vera via second-round knockout to retain the ONE Light Heavyweight World Title.
Since then, “The Burmese Python” has been eyeing a showdown with several top contenders – including De Ridder.
De Ridder, a black belt judoka with phenomenal striking, owns a perfect 12-0 record. Most recently, he beat five-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Leandro “Wolf” Ataides in February to earn his shot at the Myanmar icon.
ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX will also feature the highly anticipated return of ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee.
Lee had a spectacular 2019, which saw him knock out Japanese martial arts legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki to claim the ONE Lightweight World Title before ripping through Turkish juggernaut Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev on short notice to claim the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Championship.
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Lapicus, who trains alongside ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Champion Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan with Team Petrosyan in Milan, Italy, has been unstoppable since joining The Home Of Martial Arts.
In May 2019, the Moldovan dominated Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai in his promotional debut en route to a third-round TKO. He followed that up with a shocking submission victory over former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in just 67 seconds back in February.
Those victories pushed Lapicus’ professional record to 14-0 ahead of his ONE World Title challenge of Lee.
Nguyen has looked invincible since claiming the belt from Gafurov in August 2017.
The Vietnamese-Australian successfully defended the gold against Lee in their May 2018 rematch, and he knocked out former titleholder Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa and #2-ranked contender Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima last year.
Nguyen will now face another devastating knockout artist in the Vietnamese-American Le, who has been ultra-impressive since debuting for ONE Championship in May 2019.
This will be the second showdown between these star athletes.
In January 2018, Xiong defeated Teo at ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE by fourth-round TKO to claim the inaugural crown. Since then, she has successfully defended the belt against Laura “La Gladiadora” Balin, Samara “Marituba” Santos, and ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee.
Stay tuned for more card announcements as we move closer to ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX on 30 October.