“You can develop technically” – Reinier De Ridder reveals his “theory for getting better in MMA” with a reference from Gegard Mousasi

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The Netherlands has a history of producing great kickboxers. Having already covered an area of ​​the sport over the years, fight fans have seen many Dutch kickboxers make the successful transition to MMA. Two-division ONE World Champion Reinier de Ridder is a prime example.

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Recently, in an exclusive interview with EssentiallySports’ Arunaditya Aima, ‘The Dutch Knight’ revealed what makes him a standout amongst the pack.

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He said, “That’s my theory for getting better in MMA and maybe in all sports. I think you should train with guys who are at your level or better; 20, maybe 30% of the time, not too often.

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“I think you should train with guys who are a little less, a little below you, mostly 70% or 80% of the time. So you can try new things. You can therefore develop technically; you can work on anything.

‘The Dutch Knight’ has a world-class sparring partner in fellow world champion Gegard Mousasi. “The Dream Catcher,” who has competed around the world, is a veteran of the sport who continues to be strong in MMA.

The middleweight and light heavyweight champion pointed out, “You need these rounds as I come here or as I receive with Gegard… Sometimes you need ‘iron to sharpen iron’; let the Lions fight. But not too often because you’ll hurt yourself.

So, the two-time world champion ONE proposed that a balance is needed for fighters to develop their skills.

Reinier de Ridder thinks he is the best in the world

The 31-year-old undefeated fighter has racked up an impressive 15-0 record in MMA. This brings him into a conversation about the best fighters on the planet, regardless of promotion.

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When asked where he stands among other world champions in different mixed martial arts promotions, he claimed, “better.”

The two-time House of Martial Arts champion has the stats to back up his claims, as he’s already made a huge impact in just six fights.

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