We kick off December with Regian Eersel vs. Islam Murtazaev for the ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Title, Stamp Fairtex vs. Ritu Phogat for the ONE Women's Atomweight World Grand Prix Title, and MORE! @PhogatRitu @MarcusBuchecha #ONEWinterWarriors #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/4BccRTs0mc— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) November 11, 2021
In less than a month, the One Championship atomweight grand prix will come to a close.
In the co-headlining bout, the finals of the 115-pound women’s tourney will see Nong Stamp (7-1) take on Ritu Phogat (7-1), with the winner earning a crack at Angela Lee’s title when she returns from having a daughter. The tournament did not go quite as planned, as replacements were required in the semifinals against both women. “Stamp Fairtex” was initially set to take on Seo Hee Ham, but due to an injury, she faced and beat Julie Mezabarba by decision to advance. On the other side of the bracket, India’s Phogat was expecting to meet Itsuki Hirata, but Hirata withdrew and Jennifer Olsim stepped in but fell to Phogat on the scorecards.
Other MMA bouts on the card include a 170-pound scrap pitting two men whose last appearances were defeats to champ Christian Lee, as Timofey Nastyukhin (14-5) takes on Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (8-2). Arslanaliev has not competed in over two years, since that grand prix loss to Lee, while Nastyukhin made his way to a title shot and got knocked out in 73 seconds. Additionally, grappling wizard Marcus Almeida (1-0) will try to earn his second career victory against unbeaten knockout artist Ji Won Kang (5-0).
One Championship “Winter Warriors” Lineup:Regian Eersel vs. Islam Murtazaev – 170-pound kickboxing championship
Nong Stamp vs. Ritu Phogat – 115-pound tournament final
Qiu Jianliang vs. Hiroki Akimoto – 145-pound kickboxing
Timofey Nastyukhin vs. Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev – 170 pounds
Ji Won Kang vs. Marcus Almeida – heavyweight
Yong Hu vs. Yuya Wakamatsu – 135 pounds