Stamp Fairtex showcased the continued evolution of her grappling with a convincing win over Jihin Radzuan at ONE on Prime Video 2 last weekend. The #5 ranked Malaysian came into the bout on the back of three straight victories but was outclassed by the Thai.
Stamp scored a knockdown with a beautifully timed elbow in the third round and was able to dominate the final few minutes of the fight. Earlier in the fight she had trapped Radzuan in a rear naked choke and despite failing to find the finish the 25 year old was happy with her performance,
“I am very proud because my team at Fairtex have all been training me so hard for this. And I was really happy that I was able to almost pull off a rear-naked choke on her in the second round.”
SMASHING elbow from Stamp Fairtex! 💥#ONEonPrimeVideo2 #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/iuJuNhqox3
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) October 1, 2022
All the way
Stamp was ranked #1 before this win and feels there is nowhere to go but up. Reigning atomweight champion Angela Lee is the only fighter above her and that is the rematch which the Thai fighter wants,
“I want to go all the way in MMA. I want to challenge Angela Lee for her title again before I go back to Muay Thai and kickboxing,” she said.
Stamp has already faced Lee once. She was submitted in the second round by the champion at ONE: ‘X’ but not before coming close to finishing the fight with a body shot.
But it seems that Stamp is already making the transition back to Muay Thai and kickboxing. She previously held the ONE Championship atomweight titles in both disciplines and is not focused exclusively on MMA.
Stamp Fairtex and Jihin Radzuan had themselves a SCRAP! 🤜💥🤛#ONEonPrimeVideo2 #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/H2jtLT5H2n
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) October 2, 2022
Next up is a mixed rules fight with Anissa Meksen at ONE on Prime Video 6 in January. The bout in Bangkok will alternate between Muay Thai rules and MMA rules and the French fighter has already had plenty to say.
When Meksen was asked about Stamp in the aftermath of her win over Daokongfah Banchamek at ONE on Prime Video 2 she replied that,
“She’s a dancer, I’m a fighter.”
It doesn’t sound like Stamp, who is famous for dancing her way into the cage, took that personally. She sees the fight as a challenge,
“Well, they were just challenging words. We’re challenging each other to come out, do our best, and then meet in a fight in January,” she said.
Things are getting spicy 🔥👀@AnissaMeksen meets Stamp Fairtex in the Circle for a mixed rules super-fight on January 13 at ONE on Prime Video 6!#ONEonPrimeVideo6 | Jan 13 | #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/If0icgeSju
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) October 7, 2022
Meksen has more experience in kickboxing than Muay Thai and Stamp sees this as a clash of styles on the striking side,
“For me and Anissa, it really depends on who gets the chance to go first. Because she might have the punches, but I have my elbows.”
But Stamp has a massive advantage in terms of MMA experience and warns that she might try to use her wrestling in this fight,
“The fans might never have seen me taking anyone down, but in January, I’m surely going to take down my opponent. I want to submit her.”