Stamp Fairtex says she has regained focus
Stamp Fairtex gets the opportunity to get her career back on track on ONE: ‘Unbreakable’ Part III. She returns to MMA and faces promotional newcomer Alyona Rassohyna in an atomweight fight which headlines the card.
Stamp dropped a split decision to Janet Todd at ONE: ‘King of the Jungle’. It was tough to take, but she feels she has the tools to regain her title if they meet again,
“I was so sad, I thought I could do more. I think I can win if I fight her again, especially if I focus on combinations.”
The win against Sunisa came next, but was followed by more heartache with a defeat to Allycia Rodrigues at ONE: ‘A New Breed’ back in August. She put this loss down to a lack of focus and a little arrogance on her part,
“I wasn’t focused when I was training for this fight. I was in a relationship and I didn’t train enough. I thought I was strong and good and I had a big head. If I fight her again I think I can win.”
This was a strong learning experience for Stamp and she now knows what she needs to do to get back to winning ways.
“I know I need to focus more. It’s good that I’m single now and can focus purely on my career.”
Stand and strike
Now the time has come to return to MMA rules and Stamp is looking forward to the challenge.
“I’m excited that it’s MMA, It’s my first fight for this year. I am sure I will do good.”
Stamp faces Rassohyna, who is making her ONE Championship debut. The Ukrainian has a 12-2 record in MMA with most of her wins coming by way of armbar.
The Thai and her team have studied her opponent to work out a gameplan for the fight,
“She’s a judo fighter and is a champion in her country. She likes to do armbars. She’s a little older than me. I want to stand and strike with her, I want to fight my plan. I don’t want to fall into her game and go to the ground.”
Ready for anyone
Although Thailand has been in the grip of a second wave of Covid-19 infections Stamp has been able to put together a solid training camp for this fight,
“I’m ready. Right now I’m 80% ready, then next week I’ll be at 90% and when I go to Singapore I’ll have a break before the fight. I’ll be 100% by then.”
Looking ahead Stamp has one opponent in mind she wants to face next, but is ready for whoever is put in front of her,
“It’s up to ONE who I fight next, If I could pick I want to fight Allycia in Muay Thai and get my title back, but in MMA it’s up to ONE, I will fight whoever they decide for me.”