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Stamp Fairtex Eyes Inclusion in Grand Prix, Names Her Top Three Atomweights

Stamp Fairtex Eyes Inclusion in Grand Prix, Names Her Top Three Atomweights

ONE Championship - December 1, 2020
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It has certainly been a tough year for Thailand’s Stamp Fairtex in 2020. The former ONE Atomweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion surrendered both of her world titles in separate bouts over the past 12 months.

Now without a single golden strap over her shoulders, the 23-year-old is completely focused on developing her budding mixed martial arts career, where she’s managed to remain unbeaten in four bouts since making her debut in 2018.

Stamp is currently ranked fifth in ONE Championship’s official atomweight division rankings, is working hard on improving her skills, preparing herself for a likely inclusion in the recently-announced ONE Atomweight Grand Prix.

“I’m very interested in the Atomweight Grand Prix. I think it’s an exciting tournament. There are plenty of great female fighters in the division. If I get a chance, I would be so happy and really work hard to prepare myself for it,” said Stamp.

Although details of the Grand Prix tournament have yet to be ironed out by the promotion, and no official confirmation on fight dates, venues, and participants, Stamp is expected to be among the eight-women competing. Other names include Japan’s Mei Yamaguchi, China’s Meng Bo, and Stamp’s close friend and former teammate, Filipina fighter Denice Zamboanga.

The winner of the tournament is projected to be next in line to face reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee when she returns from her maternity leave in late 2021.

Of course, Stamp is hard at work at the Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya, rounding out her skill set in order to remain competitive in a stacked weight class. In addition to her world-class striking, Stamp is looking to further cultivate her grappling skills.

“I will need to focus more of my training on BJJ and get ready to compete. There are some great fighters in this division with good ground skills,” said Stamp.

“I know I haven’t really been tested on the ground, but it’s something I’ve worked very hard on and continue to work very hard on. I am dedicated to mixed martial arts and I want to make sure I have the complete skills before I step into any fight. I can say I’m getting more comfortable with it, although it certainly hasn’t been easy.”

Surveying the atomweight landscape, Stamp knows who the top contenders are in the division. But she’s personally picked her three favorites. In addition to Zamboanga, Stamp also named vaunted Japanese fighter Itsuki Hirata and Indian wrestling champion Ritu Phogat as legitimate threats.

“I would say all three are good fighters. They have really professional training camps and they perform very well in their fights. They got it all. They also inspire me to improve my own MMA skills, and motivate me to continue to climb to the top of the division,” said Stamp.

“The Grand Prix is a great way to have the best fighters fight each other. I’m excited for the possibilities.”

ONE Championship returns on Friday, 4 December with ONE: BIG BANG, which broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The main event features a showdown between ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Champion Roman Kryklia of the Ukraine and challenger Murat “The Butcher” Aygun of the Netherlands.

Watch the event on AIS Play at 7:30 p.m. Indochina Time (ICT). Additionally, Thairath TV32 will air the show on a same-day delay at 10:40 p.m. ICT.

Now without a single golden strap over her shoulders, the 23-year-old is completely focused on developing her budding mixed martial arts career, where she’s managed to remain unbeaten in four bouts since making her debut in 2018.

Stamp is currently ranked fifth in ONE Championship’s official atomweight division rankings, is working hard on improving her skills, preparing herself for a likely inclusion in the recently-announced ONE Atomweight Grand Prix.

“I’m very interested in the Atomweight Grand Prix. I think it’s an exciting tournament. There are plenty of great female fighters in the division. If I get a chance, I would be so happy and really work hard to prepare myself for it,” said Stamp.

Although details of the Grand Prix tournament have yet to be ironed out by the promotion, and no official confirmation on fight dates, venues, and participants, Stamp is expected to be among the eight-women competing. Other names include Japan’s Mei Yamaguchi, China’s Meng Bo, and Stamp’s close friend and former teammate, Filipina fighter Denice Zamboanga.

The winner of the tournament is projected to be next in line to face reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee when she returns from her maternity leave in late 2021.

Of course, Stamp is hard at work at the Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya, rounding out her skill set in order to remain competitive in a stacked weight class. In addition to her world-class striking, Stamp is looking to further cultivate her grappling skills.

“I will need to focus more of my training on BJJ and get ready to compete. There are some great fighters in this division with good ground skills,” said Stamp.

“I know I haven’t really been tested on the ground, but it’s something I’ve worked very hard on and continue to work very hard on. I am dedicated to mixed martial arts and I want to make sure I have the complete skills before I step into any fight. I can say I’m getting more comfortable with it, although it certainly hasn’t been easy.”

Surveying the atomweight landscape, Stamp knows who the top contenders are in the division. But she’s personally picked her three favorites. In addition to Zamboanga, Stamp also named vaunted Japanese fighter Itsuki Hirata and Indian wrestling champion Ritu Phogat as legitimate threats.

“I would say all three are good fighters. They have really professional training camps and they perform very well in their fights. They got it all. They also inspire me to improve my own MMA skills, and motivate me to continue to climb to the top of the division,” said Stamp.

“The Grand Prix is a great way to have the best fighters fight each other. I’m excited for the possibilities.”

ONE Championship returns on Friday, 4 December with ONE: BIG BANG, which broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The main event features a showdown between ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Champion Roman Kryklia of the Ukraine and challenger Murat “The Butcher” Aygun of the Netherlands.

Watch the event on AIS Play at 7:30 p.m. Indochina Time (ICT). Additionally, Thairath TV32 will air the show on a same-day delay at 10:40 p.m. ICT.

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