In March 2022, ONE Championship made history with its first-ever mixed-rules super fight between current ONE Flyweight World Champion Demetrious Johnson and ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon at ONE X.
The organization will now make history once again later this month with its first female mixed-rules super fight.
Stamp Fairtex and Anissa Meksen will collide at ONE Fight Night 6: Superbon vs. Allazov on Saturday, 14 January, at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, over the course of four, three-minute rounds.
Much like its predecessor last year, this month’s sequel will follow the same pattern. The opening round showcases Muay Thai, and the second frame features mixed martial arts. The pattern will repeat for the next two stanzas – should the fight go that long.
Fans have been longing for this bout since the announcement was made last September. After all, both women possess exciting approaches to fighting, approaches that have made them stars in their respective combat sports.
Stamp, however, is a familiar face in both fighting worlds. She has a plethora of striking experience to back up her mixed martial arts skills. With 85 Muay Thai and kickboxing bouts to her name, she also once held both the ONE Atomweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Championships at the same time.
The Fairtex fighter now finds herself with an MMA record of 9-2 and has eyes on rematching atomweight queen Angela Lee following their 2022 ONE Fight of the Year, but Stamp must first tackle the aggressive French-Algerian in Meksen.
Meksen has opened her account in ONE in fine form, amassing three straight victories with wins over Marie Ruumet, Dangkongfah Banchamek, and a second-round knockout of Cristina Morales for good measure in atomweight Muay Thai competition.
An interesting facet to the contest is Meksen’s past grappling experience. While she may not have any bouts under her belt in mixed martial arts, the Muay Thai veteran does have six years of judo to her name. So, should the bout reach the MMA round, it may create an interesting clash between the two dynamic women.
The seven-time Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion has had her heart set on a collision with the Fairtex fighter for some time, pulling no punches in her opinions on her upcoming Thai opposition.
Meksen has labeled Stamp as a “dancer,” while calling herself a real fighter. The choice words haven’t gone unnoticed by the former two-sport champion, who has since vowed to finish the striking expert and dance over her.
While the upcoming fight promises to be more personal than it’s prequel, the contest is expected to kick off 2023 with fireworks.