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ONE on Prime Video 5 Main Event Breakdown

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After a Thanksgiving holiday weekend away, Singapore-based ONE Championship will be back in action this weekend. Friday night, the promotion travels to Manila and the Mall of Asia Arena for ONE on Prime Video 5 and the ONE on Prime Video 5 main event.

Live coverage from The Philippines begins at 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT on Prime Video and the ONE Championship YouTube channel with the lead card. Main card action follows on Prime at 10 pm ET/ 7 pm PT.

Last spring, ONE Championship, and Amazon came to terms on a deal to bring its cards to the service to North American audiences once a month in a Friday evening broadcast window. After this announcement, the promotion aims to hold events in American markets sometime in the new year.

Friday’s card is the last event to be streamed on Amazon Prime Video this calendar year. Following this event, the promotion will return to the subscription-based streaming platform on Jan. 13 with ONE on Prime Video 6 from Bangkok.

At present, no MMA bouts have been officially booked for ONE’s first event in 2023. Five bouts will be contested that night, three in kickboxing and two in Muay Thai.

ONE on Prime Video 5 Details and Advisory for Amazon Prime Subscribers

  • Eight total fights will occur on Friday (five in MMA.)
  • A single grappling match will take place.
  • Two Muay-Thai fights will happen.

Prospective viewers should note that Friday’s event is only accessible on Amazon Prime Video for subscribers living in the United States and Canada. Elsewhere, this show will be available as a pay-per-view on the promotion’s Website, dubbed ONE Fight Night 5.

Light Heavyweight Gold on the Line in ONE on Prime Video 5 Main Event

Highlighting the night’s events in The Philippines on Friday will be a battle for the ONE Light Heavyweight Championship (225 lbs.) in the ONE on Prime Video 5 main event. Incumbent champion at both light heavyweight and middleweight Reinier de Ridder (16-0 MMA, 7-0 ONE Championship) will travel to Manila to fight challenger (and current ONE Interim Heavyweight Champion) Anatoly Malykhin (11-0 MMA, 3-0 ONE Championship.)

As with all championship fights, Friday’s main event will be an advertised maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round to close out the show. ONE Championship bases its weight classes on a competitor’s everyday weight and has long banned dehydration as a means of cutting weight amid the 2015 death of Yang Jian Bing, thus the reason for light heavyweights competing at 225 lbs.

ONE on Prime Video 5 Main Event Fighter Comparison and Betting Odds

Heading into Friday night’s main event, Reinier de Ridder stands as the taller man at 6-foot-4, compared to Anatoly Malykhin’s frame of six feet even. Additionally, the double-champ owns a 79.1-inch reach, with no such information accessible online for Malykhin,

As it stands presently, the oddsmakers have de Ridder installed as a -145 favorite for the headliner on Friday, while Malykhin sits as a +115 underdog. If you plan on betting on this or any other fight happening this weekend, please wager responsibly.

Reinier de Ridder Poised to Defend Double-Champ Status in Main Event

Reinier de Ridder has gone undefeated so far in his professional MMA career. Most recently, he scored a first-round submission by inverted triangle choke against Vitaly Bigdash (12-3 MMA, 5-3 ONE Championship) back on July 22 in ONE 159’s main event for the middleweight championship.

A few weeks ago, de Ridder was interviewed by Tom Taylor of The South China Morning Post. He’s eager to fight Malykhin after a bid to defend the middleweight championship against Shamil Abdulaev (13-1 MMA) was scuttled earlier this year due to the latter not being cleared to compete.

“This is pretty recent,” de Ridder said of the light heavyweight title fight. “It took a little while to put this together. I think they were aiming at making Malykhin vs. (Arjan) Bhullar first, but I’m not sure what the situation is there. Bhullar has been out for how long, now? Like one and a half years? I’m not sure what there up to there.”

Losing out on an opportunity to defend a championship is always frustrating for any combat sports athlete, not just an MMA fighter. A month and a half after he was supposed to defend at middleweight, de Ridder makes a bid at light heavyweight in the ONE on Prime Video 5 main event.

Anatoly Malykhin Wants to Make Short Work of Reinier de Ridder

In the other corner, Anatoly Malykhin has also gone undefeated up to now as a pro. Back in February, he knocked out Kirill Grishenko (5-2 MMA, 2-2 ONE Championship) with punches in round two to claim the interim heavyweight championship. Friday’s main event will be his first appearance at light heavyweight since joining ONE in 2021.

All of his victories have been by way of stoppage. Malykhin expects no different on Friday, something he mentioned in a recent interview.

“I think I can [get the finish] again, and I’ll finish the fight before the second round,” Malykhin began. “I’ll go out there, and I’ll hunt for his head. I’ll chase him. I’ll punch him. Maybe he’ll try to impose his grappling on me, but I’ll break the grip.”

The time for talk is just about through for Anatoly Malykhin. Can he put his words into action on Friday? Tune into Amazon Prime and find out.

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the ONE on Prime Video 5 main event favors Reinier de Ridder, who holds black belts in both Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, compared to Anatoly Malykhin’s status as a Master of Freestyle Wrestling in Russia.

Look For de Ridder to Land a Submission

Reinier de Ridder has won 11 of his fights by way of submission since his pro MMA career began in June of 2013. When he takes his opponent down, as was the case against Vitaly Bigdash in his last fight, it can be brutal.

During the first round of a scheduled five, de Ridder nearly got a taste of his own medicine when Bigdash attempted to sink in a guillotine choke, during which his face turned beet red. Upon breaking free from the submission hold, de Ridder landed ground and pound shots from the bottom to try and soften Bigdash up.

From there, de Ridder landed a knee to a grounded Bigdash before grappling with him and applying the inverted triangle choke inside the first round. If he’s on the bottom, de Ridder has options. He can grapple with Malykhin to score the submission.

Anatoly Malykhin Can End a Fight Quickly

In the other corner, just as Reinier de Ridder is proficient with submissions, Anatoly Malykhin is just as intense with his punches, something that Amir Aliakbari discovered firsthand in September of last year. Almost from the command to fight, Malykhin landed serious punches in the first round, including an overhanded right punch to knock Aliakbari down.

While on the ground, Aliakbari scored with knees to a grounded Malykhin, but the fighters returned to their feet after Malykhin executed some stand-up grappling. Even though Aliakbari landed a counterpunch, Malykhin scored with a two-punch combination.

It was only a matter of time before Malykhin found a home for a right-handed punch against the cage fence to knock Aliakbari down and out. All it will take for the interim heavyweight champion to end the fight is to land one punch square and true.

Final Thoughts

We appear to have an entertaining fight on our hands on Friday in the ONE on Prime Video 5 main event. Even though it’s a light heavyweight bout. you’re advised not to blink during this one. You might miss everything.

Prediction: Reinier de Ridder by Unanimous Decision.

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Drew Zuhosky has been writing about MMA since the spring of 2018. A graduate of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, Drew enjoys a good game and an even better fight. When he's not writing, you can find him playing video games and listening to music.