Everything You Need To Know About The Submission Grappling Bouts At ONE X

Mar 18, 2022
Reinier De Ridder takes the fight to Kiamrian Abbasov on the ground during their match for the ONE Middleweight World Championship at ONE: FULL CIRCLE

ONE Championship is a celebration of martial arts in all of its forms. The promotion takes pride in showcasing the full spectrum of martial arts disciplines in its events, especially kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA.

That will be the case when the world’s largest martial arts organization broadcasts its historic 10-year anniversary spectacle, ONE X, live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, 26 March.

As per usual, fans can expect to see a wide gamut of martial arts fights contested inside the Circle. However, for the first time since 2018, ONE Championship will also feature high-level submission grappling matches.

Reinier De Ridder Challenges Andre Galvao

ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion Reinier de Ridder is set to take on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Andre Galvao in the co-main event of ONE X: Part I.

De Ridder is undefeated in his mixed martial arts career, holding a spotless 15-0 record. He owns three knockouts and 10 submission victories on his resume. Most recently, “The Dutch Knight” submitted ONE Welterweight World Champion Kiamrian Abbasov via arm-triangle choke at ONE: FULL CIRCLE last February.

While De Ridder has been a wrecking ball in the MMA ranks, Galvao has been a force in the world’s top grappling competitions for over a decade. Galvao is a fourth-degree BJJ black belt, as well as a multiple-time Pan-American and ADCC Champion. And at ONE X: Part I, he’ll look to make a statement in his promotional debut.

Danielle Kelly Collides With Mei Yamaguchi

Also on the card is rising BJJ star Danielle Kelly, who will also make her ONE Championship debut. She’ll face Japanese mixed martial arts pioneer Mei Yamaguchi.

Kelly is a BJJ black belt who trains out of Silver Fox Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in New Jersey. She has won multiple grappling competitions, which includes wins over several big names in the grappling world such as Sofia Amarante and Cynthia Calvillo.

Yamaguchi is also a BJJ black belt, and she has used her superb grappling skills throughout her MMA career.

In addition, the Tokyo-based veteran is a DEEP Jewels Champion and a former two-time ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title challenger who pushed the division’s reigning queen, Angela Lee, to the limit on both occasions.

ONE Championship Submission Grappling Rules

Japanese MMA fighter Mei Yamaguchi submits Laura Balin

Bouts consist of one 12-minute round with no break. The matches feature a submission-only format, with athletes winning via tapout, verbal tapout, or referee stoppage due to imminent danger. 

Athletes can attempt throws, takedowns, and both standing and ground submissions until one gives up or the time limit is reached.

If the 12-minute round expires without a submission, then the bout is declared a draw.

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