When you’re a two-division MMA world champion and when nearly all of your wins came via submission… You know that your BJJ is exceptional. And that your name is Reinier de Ridder.
The ONE Light Heavyweight and Middleweight World Champion could be considered as one of the rare “specialists” in MMA today, as he successfully sticks to grappling and is proud to be a Jiu-Jitsu representative in the world of mixed martial arts.
In other words, de Ridder always goes for the submission. Here’s what he had to say about his “preferences”, in an interview with Morning Combat:
I’m very proud to be able to represent Jiu-Jitsu like I do.
It’s always the goal to take them [opponents] down. It’s always the goal to strangle them.
His grappling is not really there. His Jiu-Jitsu game has not evolved, at all, as far as I’ve seen his fights.
I’m not sure if, training-wise, if he spends a lot of time on the floor. He doesn’t pass guard.
He only gets takedowns and he stays at full guard and tries to pound the guy out – which he’s pretty successful at, though. I’m not being too critical there.