Anissa Meksen returned to the ONE Championship Circle on Friday, 22 April, to face Marie Ruumet in an atomweight Muay Thai battle at ONE 156: Eersel vs. Sadikovic. The French-Algerian star put on a striking clinic against her Estonian foe, knocking her down multiple times and picking her apart with every strike.
“C18” was relentless from the moment the bell sounded, landing hooks that her opponent was unable to withstand. Meksen’s aggression earned her yet another dominant victory inside the Circle.
Following the fight, however, the seven-time Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion was moved by Ruumet’s emotions, and she embraced her in a show of true respect.
“She was very good. She cried, she was crying. So, I am sensitive. She touched me, and I don’t want to finish the fight, you know? So I am happy to finish like this. I pray all the time for my opponent and me to stay safe. I am happy like this,” Meksen said in her post-fight interview.
This victory puts Meksen at 2-0 in ONE Championship, and she is quickly establishing herself as the woman to beat in the atomweight striking disciplines.
The 33-year-old debuted with a win in the Singapore-based organization last September, knocking out Spain’s Cristina Morales in the second round of their kickboxing battle. Overall, she holds a professional record of 102-6, with 33 wins coming by way of knockout.
Now with a growing win streak, Meksen is eager to see more action inside the Circle, and she used her post-fight interview to call out the ONE Women’s Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion.
“I want Janet [Todd]. I’m ready for her. I’m waiting for her. Please, I want Janet Todd for the title shot in kickboxing. Please. Put the belt on the table now, I’ve been waiting for a long time,” she said.
Stay tuned for more fight news, including ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot, which goes down on 20 May at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.