ONE Championship’s October 30 card, Inside the Matrix, looks to be a big one. With the promotion setting up shop once again in its home base of Singapore starting this Friday with Reign of Dynasties, the Asian MMA promotion appears to be bringing out some of the big guns.
Those would include names with Aung La N Sang, Martin Nguyen, and Xiong Jing Nan.
ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced the news Monday on social media. In all, the four title bouts break down as follows:
Middleweight World Championship
Aung La N sang (26-10) vs Reinier De Ridder (12-0)
Lightweight World Championship
Christian Lee (13-3) vs Iuri Lapicus (14-0)
Featherweight World Championship
Martin Nguyen (13-3) vs Thanh Le (11-2)
Strawweight World Championship
Xiong Jing Nan (14-2) vs Tiffany Teo (9-1)
Aung La N Sang was last seen picking up a win over Brandon Vera, defending his light heavyweight title in the process. The double-champ is currently on a seven fight win streak. He’ll be taking on the undefeated De Ridder, a black belt judoka with eleven of his twelve wins coming via stoppage.
Lightweight champ Christian Lee, who defeated Shinya Aoki to claim the title, also gets an undefeated opponent in Iuri Lapicus. Lee also won the Lightweight World Grand Prix on short notice, and is the brother of atomweight champ Angela Lee.
Australia’s Martin Nguyen, himself a former double champ, will place his featherweight title on the line against one of the promotion’s fastest-rising stars, Thanh Le. With just one loss in the last six years, to future UFC fighter Kevin Aguilar, Le has proven he belongs at the top — and has key wins in LFA and on Dana White’s Contender Series as well.
China’s Xiong Jing Nan, meanwhile, defends her strawweight title against Tiffany Teo. The Chinese champ was last seen being submitted by Angela Lee, in an attempt to add a second belt to her trophy case.
More bouts are expected to be announced for ONE Championship: Inside the Matrix as October 30 draws closer. The event does not have an official location announced, although another stop in Singapore appears likely.