ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX goes down this Friday, 30 October, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and features four World Title clashes and two interesting undercard bouts – including the highly anticipated return of Indian wrestling sensation Ritu Phogat.
Phogat will be taking on Cambodia’s Nou Srey Pov in an atomweight mixed martial arts contest in the show’s curtain-raiser.
ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX Broadcast Information
Mixed martial arts fans can catch all the action from ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX live this Friday, 30 October, on Hotstar, Star Sports Select 1, or Star Sports Select 2 at 6 p.m. India Standard Time (IST).
Ritu Phogat Versus Nou Srey Pov
Phogat last appeared in the Circle this past February at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE, where she scored a unanimous decision win over Chiao Chen Wu.
The victory came just months after she earned her debut win over Nam Hee Kim by first-round TKO at ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS.
“The Indian Tigress” will now face Kun Khmer World Champion Nou Srey Pov, who also has two appearances in the promotion and defeated Thai mixed martial arts pioneer Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige in her debut.
Key Storyline: Phogat Aiming To Keep Undefeated Streak Intact
Phogat, who is a Commonwealth Wrestling gold medalist, has so far been perfect in her transition from wrestling to mixed martial arts.
On Friday, expect Phogat to employ her potent takedown and wrestling abilities, which she’ll aim to follow up with intense ground-and-pound.
But she’ll have to do so against the tough Cambodian. Srey Pov is a dangerous striker and will be looking to take out the famous Indian wrestler in order to bolster her own name.
ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX Main Event
The main event of ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX will feature a clash between two-division ONE World Champion Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang and top-ranked undefeated challenger Reinier “The Dutch Knight” De Ridder.
Aung La N Sang will be defending his middleweight crown against his toughest challenger to date – a Dutchman who’s 12-0 and has 11 finishes to his name.
If the man from Myanmar can defeat De Ridder, he will undoubtedly prove himself as the promotion’s most dominant middleweight, but if De Ridder wins, it will be his name at the top of the division.
ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX Co-Main Event
The co-main event of ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX sees ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee defending his strap against #1-ranked contender Iuri Lapicus.
This will be Lee’s first World Title defense since taking the belt from Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki in May 2019.
He’ll be attempting to do so against Lapicus, who is 14-0 and has finished all of his opponents. Incredibly, 13 of those finishes have come in the first round.
If Lee can defeat Lapicus, there will be no doubts about his status atop the division. But if Lapicus continues his dominant stretch and takes the gold, he’ll cap off his stunning run through the stacked lightweight ranks.
ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX Full Card
- (c) Aung La N Sang vs. Reinier De Ridder (ONE Middleweight World Title)
- (c) Christian Lee vs. Iuri Lapicus (ONE Lightweight World Title)
- (c) Martin Nguyen vs. Thanh Le (ONE Featherweight World Title)
- (c) Xiong Jing Nan vs. Tiffany Teo (ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title)
- Antonio Caruso vs. Eduard Folayang (mixed martial arts – lightweight)
- Ritu Phogat vs. Nou Srey Pov (mixed martial arts – atomweight)