Stamp Fairtex and Anissa Meksen are going to become well acquainted in 2023. The two have yet to face off for the first time because the French fighter missed yesterday’s press conference due to illness.
But after their mixed rules fight at ONE Fight Night 6 this Saturday the two atomweights are set to fax off in a kickboxing title match. There doesn’t appear to be much move lose between the two rivals and Stamp appeared to taunt Meksen on Instagram yesterday.
After her last win Meksen was disparaging about Stamp stating in the post fight interview,
I’m a fighter, she’s a dancer!
Stamp clearly had those comments in mind when she made this Instagram post:
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I’m the caption to Stamp’s Instagram post she asks,
Are you ready to watch me dance?
The question sounds like it has mainly been asked for Meken’s benefit. In a recent interview Stamp called her ‘disrespectful’ and promised to celebrate by dancing after she wins.
Meksen fired back by stating that Stamp ‘was nothing’ before ONE Championship signed her. With the two atomweights potentially about to face off twice in the space of two months this rivalry is only going to intensify.
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The ruleset at ONE Fight Night 5 this Saturday is clearly in Stamp’s favour. She is an experienced mixed martial artist and won the atomweight Grand Prix last year.
By contrast Meksen has never competed in MMA. The first round will be fought under Muay Thai rules, which is also a sport Stamp has more experience in.
But if Meksen can’t finish the fight in the first round then Stamp will be expected to dominate the second stanza, which will be fought under MMA rules. So the Thai can go into Saturday’s fight with a lot of confidence.
But the second fight between the two will be five rounds of kickboxing. As the former Glory super bantamweight champion Meksen will feel she has the advantage under this ruleset with Stamp unable to clinch or use her elbows.
So even if Meksen is forced to watch Stamp so her victory dance at Impact Arena on Saturday she won’t have to wait too long to get her revenge. The kickboxing title fight could take place next month if both fighters emerge unscathed this weekend and it is clearly a rivalry to keep an eye on in 2023.