Aleksandra Savicheva will take on Zeba Bano at Lumpinee Stadium on Friday night. The Russian will be making her ONE Championship debut in this strawweight MMA fight.

Savicheva (1-0) is training at Tiger Muay Thai alongside current ONE Championship strawweight Noelle Grandjean. She appear to be a champion in kudo, an obscure Japanese martial art.

Bano (6-1) was undefeated when she signed with ONE Championship. But the Indian was submitted in the opening round by Wondergirl Fairtex on her debut.

Some websites refuse to recognize five of her wins because they came in fights which were put on by her trainer in her gym. Bano had been scheduled to face Victoria Lee in an atomweight fight last month.

Top Thais

ONE Friday Fights 5 is set for Lumpinee Stadium on February 17th. As always the card will be headlined by some top Thai fighters with Kongklai AnnyMuayThai set to take on Superball Teeded99 in a flyweight fight.

Kongklai is a tournament specialist who was named ‘fighter of the year’ in 2020 by the Sports Authority of Thailand. That year he won two Isuzo tournaments, a Thai Fight tournament and was crowned Siam Omnoi welterweight champion.

He won his first tournament in 2016, winning a Max Muay Thai 140lbs Grand Prix. Kongklai has beaten the likes of Seksan Or Kwanmuang and Petchmanee Por Lakboon.

His opponent might not have won as many tournaments and titles. But Superball is vastly experienced and has been facing the top fighters on Thailand’s stadium scene for nearly a decade.

He holds recent wins over Petutong Or Kwanmuang, Rungkit Wor Sangprapai and Gaonar PKSaenchaigym. The only opponent to defeat Superball during this run is ONE Championship flyweight kickboxing champion Superlek Kiatmoo9.

Weekly events

Last week Francisca Vera scored a come from behind win at ONE Friday Fights 4. She was badly cut in the opening round but came back to stop an exhausted Gusjung Fairtex early in the second stanza.

The events take place every week and are broadcast live on Channel 7 in Thailand. Although the cards consist primarily of Muay Thai bouts there are also kickboxing and MMA fights.

ONE Friday Fights 5, Bangkok, February 17th
Kongklai AnnyMuayThai vs. Superball Teeded99 (Flyweight)
MMA: Aleksandra Savicheva vs. Zeba Bano (Strawweight)