When Stamp Fairtex and Anissa Meksen step into the Circle this Friday, 14 January, at ONE Fight Night 6, the duo who share no love for one another will be tied together forever – no matter the outcome.
As the door closes and the bell rings, the two will make history in the first-ever women’s mixed-rules super fight in ONE Championship. With Stamp bringing a plethora of mixed martial arts and Muay Thai skills into the contest, in addition to Meksen’s illustrious striking prowess, the stage is set for a fascinating scrap at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
The contest is only the second of its kind in ONE and will act as the unofficial sequel to ONE Flyweight World Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon’s encounter last March at ONE X.
The contest featured four, three-minute rounds. The first frame fell under Muay Thai rules, the second under mixed martial arts, and the pattern would’ve repeated itself for two more rounds had Johnson not sunk in a second-round rear-naked choke.
As the opening stanza offered Muay Thai rules, fans saw a unique clash underway when Johnson was put on the back foot. The MMA GOAT timed his heavy strikes well, remaining wary of “The Iron Man’s” stand-up expertise.
Over the three-minute span, Johnson weathered the urgent onslaught of combinations from Rodtang, but as the bell sounded, roles would soon be reversed. Round two ensued under mixed martial arts rules, and this time it was the Thai native who found himself out of his element.
Compared to the stoic stature usually shown by Rodtang, he couldn’t afford to stay still. It was clear the intentions of “Mighty Mouse” were to put him on his back.
Rodtang offered all the grappling capabilities he had, but two minutes into the round the iron will of “The Iron Man” was on show. Instead of tapping out to the American’s rear-naked choke, the 25-year-old chose to go to sleep.
What makes Stamp vs. Meksen such a hotly anticipated sequel is the mystique and further questions at hand. Will Stamp revert to her Muay Thai days despite her newfound success in MMA? Will Meksen bait her into ignoring a game plan?
A further ingredient in the cooking pot of mixed-rules showdowns is combat sports fans’ willingnessto dissect all the possible routes the spectacle can go down, alas bringing together audiences and fans of strict disciplines from all over the world under ONE’s banner.
The specialties both women possess make this a riveting idea, and the war of words between them both only add more fuel to the fire for a magical mixed-rules super fight at ONE’s first event of the new year.