One Championship ‘Inside the Matrix’ to Feature Four Title Bouts on Oct. 30

By: Tristen Critchfield
Oct 6, 2020

One Championship will host its most stacked card since the COVID-19 pandemic hit with an event featuring four title fights on Oct. 30.

One “Inside the Matrix” will be headlined by a middleweight championship tilt between reigning titlist Aung La N Sang and Reinier de Ridder, while Christian Lee will defend his lightweight crown against Iuri Lapicus. Additionally, featherweight ruler Martin Nguyen will square off against Thanh Le, while strawweight queen Jingnan Xiong will face Tiffany Teo.

One Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong recently announced the event, though a location and venue were not revealed.

Sang is currently on a seven-bout winning streak within the Singapore-based promotion and is coming off a second-round TKO of heavyweight champion Brandon Vera in light heavyweight title defense at One Championship “Century” Part 2 last October. The Netherlands’ Reinier is unbeaten in 12 professional appearances, including three under the One banner.

Lee last appeared at One “Century” Part 1, where he captured the lightweight grand prix with a lopsided decision triumph over Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev for his fourth consecutive victory. A native of Moldova, Lapicus is 14-0 thus far in his pro tenure, which includes submission wins over Shannon Wiratchai and Marat Gafurov in One.

Nguyen has won three of his last four promotional outings, including a second-round TKO of Koyomi Matsushima in a featherweight title defense at One “Dawn of Heroes” in August 2019. A former Dana White’s Contender Series and LFA competitor, Le has kicked off his One Championship tenure with three straight KO victories.

Xiong had a nine-fight winning streak snapped in a fifth-round submission loss against Angela Lee in a rematch at One “Century” Part 1. Teo has won two in a row after falling to Xiong via fourth-round TKO in a strawweight title bout in January 2018.

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