What Stamp’s last victory taught us about superstar
published : 12 Oct 2022 at 06:41
newspaper section: Sports
Stamp Fairtex has proven inside the ONE Championship circle throughout her tenure in the organisation is that she is indeed a tough contender.
The former two-sport ONE world champion made that clear once again when she defeated Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan by unanimous decision in their atomweight mixed martial arts bout on Oct 1.
Stamp now begins preparation for her next battle, which will see her taking on pound-for-pound striking great Anissa Meksen in a mixed rules super-fight at ONE Fight Night 6 on Jan 14 in Bangkok.
Now that the dust has settled after ONE Fight Night 2, fans have begun talking about how Stamp’s showdown with Meksen will go down, and how the skills she used to beat Radzuan will transfer to her next match against “C18.”
The Thai megastar stayed in control for the majority of her three-round battle against Radzuan.
Her Malaysian opponent, undoubtedly, arrived at the Singapore Indoor Stadium ready to throw down.
But Stamp seemed laser-focused on showing the world that she could stay in charge wherever the action went.
Her ever-improving ground game seemed to have taken another step-up against the Radzuan, herself a proven force on the canvas.
The 24-year-old moved from position to position with ease and even caught her rival in a tight rear-naked choke in the second round.
Radzuan worked her way out, but she was questioned again later when Stamp attempted a heel hook before she pulled her into guard.
The bout with Meksen will feature Muay Thai and MMA rounds, so if the top-ranked atomweight contender can survive her foe’s onslaught in the striking department, she will most likely have the upper hand when the rules switch and the action can move to the ground.
But, judging by her most recent bout, there is every chance Stamp will also be able to bring it to “C18” on the feet.
The Fairtex gym standout landed heavy blows on Radzuan throughout their tussle, including a lethal elbow that nearly brought the proceedings to an end.
On top of that, her relentless pressure made it hard for “Shadow Cat” to regroup and find her footing.
This intensity will come in handy when she meets Meksen early next year.
The French-Algerian fighter holds a striking record of 103-5 and has the power to stop opponents in their tracks.
But if Stamp can bring the same game to her matchup with Meksen, she might scoring a decisive victory over the combative striker in that department.