ONE Championship is house to a few of the most elite athletes on the earth, with a few of them proving it in a number of sports activities or weight courses.
Claiming a title is a part of the objectives of any martial artist as it’s a testomony to the abilities they labored laborious to develop. Whereas weight courses are made to degree the enjoying area, a few of the most legendary fighters have conquered totally different divisions to show that they’re good, irrespective of the circumstances which are towards them. Boxing greats like Roy Jones Jr., ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao are only a few names that come to thoughts.
In ONE Championship, athletes are in a position to take a look at themselves in a number of disciplines aside from migrating to a distinct weight class. As such, fighters can take a look at themselves towards world champions in MMA, Muay Thai, and kickboxing, all in numerous weight courses.
ONE 159 primary occasion fighter Reinier de Ridder is likely one of the few two-division world champions within the promotion, and he’ll put one in all them on the road when Vitaly Bigdash challenges him for the ONE middleweight world title.
In the meantime, co-main occasion star Janet Todd is trying to grow to be a two-sport world champion when she takes to the circle on July 22. The American is about to tackle promotional newcomer Lara Fernandez for the ONE interim atomweight Muay Thai world title.
Listed here are the opposite world champions who’ve held two golds on their shoulders.
#5. Martin Nguyen – ONE Championship’s first two-division world champion
After splitting his first two assignments in ONE Championship, Martin Nguyen racked up 4 straight first-round victories within the circle to earn a second shot at Marat Gafurov’s ONE featherweight world title in 2017.
He made probably the most out of his alternative by knocking out the Dagestani within the second spherical of their matchup. After dominating the competitors within the featherweight ranks, Nguyen determined to maneuver up and problem the subsequent division’s champion, Eduard Folayang.
After simply three months, ‘The Situ-Asian’ discovered himself in Manila, standing throughout the hometown hero and ONE light-weight world champion Folayang. By the second spherical, Nguyen discovered a gap to unleash a devastating overhand proper to finish the competition and shock the world.
The feat gave Nguyen the excellence of being the primary double-world champion in ONE Championship.
#4. Aung La N Sang – The primary ONE middleweight and light-weight heavyweight world champion
Aung La N Sang began his rise in ONE Championship with 4 straight victories within the circle.
In 2017, he bravely stepped in on quick discover for a world title conflict towards ONE middleweight world champion Vitaly Bigdash. He pushed the hulking Russian to 5 rounds however couldn’t declare the world title.
The pair met for a rematch 5 months later, with Aung La getting the chance to totally put together for his or her bout. It paid off in a giant manner as he claimed his first world title in entrance of his house followers in Myanmar.
In 2018, ‘The Burmese Python’ took on Alexandre Machado for the vacant ONE mild heavyweight world championship. Myanmar’s hero wanted solely 56 seconds to cease Machado of their matchup and declare his second world title.
#3. Stamp Fairtex – ONE’s first two-sport world champion
Stamp Fairtex launched herself on the worldwide stage of ONE Championship in a giant manner. The Thai celebrity confronted ONE atomweight kickboxing world champion Kai Ting Chuang in her debut match in October 2018.
Stamp outclassed her opponent by means of 5 rounds to earn a unanimous determination victory and declare her first world title.
It was solely the start of her rise although. She was tasked to face promotional newcomer Janet Todd 4 months later for the inaugural ONE atomweight Muay Thai world title. Stamp confirmed why she is likely one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters round with a dominant efficiency to win through unanimous determination.
By claiming the Muay Thai crown, Stamp made historical past by turning into the primary two-sport world champion within the promotion. She later turned her concentrate on climbing the MMA ranks and even received the ONE Girls’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Championship.
After successful the distinguished event, Stamp expressed her want to say gold in a 3rd sport, a objective that she continues to pursue at this time.
#2. Sam-A Gaiyanghadao – Muay Thai legend conquers kickboxing
After competing in over 400 bouts in Muay Thai, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao was already a legend of the game when he arrived in ONE Championship.
He received the ONE flyweight Muay Thai world title in 2018 however misplaced the title in his first world title protection. It pushed him to maneuver right down to his pure weight class, the place he was in a position to unleash his expertise even higher.
In 2019, he switched sports activities to compete for the inaugural ONE strawweight kickboxing world title towards Wang Junguang. The Thai icon utilized his expertise to overcome a world title in a second sport.
Three months later, Sam-A returned to his authentic sport to battle Josh Tonna for the inaugural ONE strawweight Muay Thai world title. His masterclass towards the Aussie striker introduced him a second world title within the division, his third general within the promotion.
#1. Reinier de Ridder – Reigning ONE middleweight and light-weight heavyweight world champion
The undefeated Reinier de Ridder is the newest and the one reigning champ-champ in ONE Championship.
Reiniert de Ridder arrived in ONE Championship with 9 wins beneath his belt and no losses. He proved that he can compete with the very best on the earth, gathering three straight wins within the circle to earn a shot on the ONE middleweight world title.
He shocked the world in 2020 by ending Aung La N Sang’s dominant seven-bout successful streak with a first-round submission victory. Six months later, he went up towards Aung La as soon as once more, this time for the ONE mild heavyweight world title. He wanted all 5 rounds to overcome Myanmar’s hero, however he efficiently joined the elite membership of double champions within the promotion.
At ONE 159, de Ridder will look to maintain his standing as a reigning two-division champion when he takes on Vitaly Bigdash in the primary occasion of the July 22 occasion.