ONE Championship’s second-ever mixed rules super-fight will go down at ONE Fight Night 6 on Saturday, 14 January.
On that day, former two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex battles decorated Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion Anissa Meksen under both mixed martial arts and Muay Thai rules – and here is why you cannot miss this epic showdown.
Aside from losing to ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, Stamp has been on a tear in ONE Championship. She first started her career in the organization as purely a striker, eventually winning both the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Titles.
Then, earlier this year she won the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Championship, which earned her the aforementioned shot at Lee.
And just last weekend, Stamp put herself back in the win column after beating Jihin Radzuan by unanimous decision at ONE Fight Night 2: Xiong vs. Lee III.
Meksen, on the other hand, enters this contest undefeated in ONE Championship, having won her first three bouts in the organization decisively. She recently beat Dangkongfah Banchamek at ONE Fight Night 2.
Fans might be familiar with this mixed-rules style of fighting from ONE’s first hybrid super-fight between ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon and ONE Flyweight World Champion Demetrious Johnson.
The bout was scheduled for four, three-minute rounds and began under ONE’s Muay Thai global rule set in the first round and then continued under MMA rules in the next. But the fight never left the second round after Johnson sunk in a rear-naked choke.
As for Stamp and Meksen, things may go differently.
Despite Meksen’s list of achievements, this will be her first time competing in mixed martial arts. The all-encompassing sport will provide a significant threat to her skill set. And, at 34-years-old, this means she'll have to cover a lot of new ground.
Her adversary in Stamp already has numerous Muay Thai bouts under her belt as well as an 8-2 record in MMA. So, she’ll enter this contest with a slight advantage.
Meksen would be smart to attack aggressively in the opening Muay Thai stanza and, should the MMA rounds come, remain patient and be prepared to stuff Stamp’s takedowns.
While it won’t be easy to avoid being taken down with a limited mixed martial arts skill set, Meksen could always bank on her power, as she has the tenacity to hurt Stamp on the feet