Julie Mezabarba promises a great fight for the fans against Denice Zamboanga

LockerRoom Team
18 April 2023

A breakthrough performance from Julie Mezabarba is anticipated at ONE Fight Night 9: Nong-O vs. Haggerty on Prime Video.

The fight between the Brazilian superstar and the third-ranked atom weight MMA competitor, Denice Zamboanga, on Friday, April 21, in Bangkok, Thailand, is sure to be exciting.

Mezabarba is undoubtedly driven to succeed because the outcome of this crucial matchup might suddenly propel her into the divisional rankings. But unlike other people who might be in her shoes, she is not overwhelmed by the scope of the situation.

Mezabarba began her ONE Championship career in September 2021 by shocking Japanese MMA legend Mei Yamaguchi. She has now lost two tight decisions to top-tier opposition, including Stamp Fairtex, the ONE Women's Atomweight World Grand Prix Champion.

Despite such setbacks, the 30-year-old is unfazed going into her match against Zamboanga since she is aware that she belongs among the division's finest.

Given their combative, attack-focused fighting philosophies, Julie Mezabarba anticipates a brawl when she faces off against Denice Zamboanga.

In fact, the Filipina opponent, who has a 9-2 career record with five nail-biting triumphs within the Circle, sees many similarities between herself and the Brazilian.

“She’s an experienced fighter, just like me. So, I think the danger in this fight is for both sides. Denice has good boxing and a good ground game too, but I see some gaps, especially in her striking,” Denice said in an interview with ONE Championship.

She also promised a good fight for the fans.

“Denice Zamboanga is a good athlete. She has a versatile game and fights forward, just like me. I think it was a great fight match and believe we will put on a great fight for the fans.”

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