2. Champion vs Champion: The Trilogy
When it comes to the great rivalries in women’s MMA, Xiong Jing Nan and Angela Lee have you covered. Strawweight champion Xiong (17-2) will put her title on the line against current atomicweight queen Lee (11-2) to settle a trilogy that currently stands at one win each. Xiong won the first fight in March 2019 via TKO with a series of vicious body kicks and punches, while Lee leveled the score with a submission win just over six months later. “Unstoppable” Lee has only fought once since, a win over Stamp Fairtex in March of this year, while Xiong had three decisions in five rounds to her name and cemented her position at the top of the 125-pound division.
3. A first Submission Grappling Champion is crowned
For the first time for ONE, the first-ever Flyweight Submission Grappling Champion will be crowned this weekend – and one couldn’t ask for better competitors. American Mikey Musumeci is widely regarded as the best American-born Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner on the planet and he will have his skills tested by Sao Paolo-based Cleber Sousa. Musumeci is a five-time Jiu-Jitsu World Champion (four gi and one no-gi) and currently holds a four-fight win streak and an overall record of 17-3. This will be his second ONE mission. Sousa will make his ONE debut this weekend but has a long list of achievements in the sport including gold at the IBJJF Pan American Championships. The pair have met twice before in 2017, with each man claiming a win – this rubber match will decide who goes home with a brand new title.
4. Turkish fighters ready to make a splash
This map will attract a lot of interest in the Middle East and surrounding areas, with a strong Turkish presence. Tayfun Ozcan will continue his quest for a shot at the featherweight kickboxing world title in a spectacular encounter with Marat Grigorian. Of Dutch-Turkish origin, Ozcan has had a stunning rise to fame losing just one of his last 15 fights – including 5 KO/TKO finishes. Now he’s aiming to get closer to title glory.
Halil Amir will be well known to Middle Eastern MMA fans after his appearance with the UAE Warriors in 2021. He will make his ONE debut this weekend against Timofey Nastyukhin – the co-holder of the record for fastest knockout at just six seconds.
5. Two famous former ONE World Champions return
There are also many fighters with title experience and credentials on the map. Atomweight World Grand Prix Champion Stamp Fairtex will take on Jihin Radzuan. Fairtex is a former ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Title Holder and winner of the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Tournament. Last time out she failed in her attempt to take the MMA atomweight crown from Angela Lee and is eager to return to the Victory Column.
Martin Nguyen, who fights Ilya Freymanov, is a former two-weight world champion — and nearly a three-weight champion. After signing with ONE in 2014, he has won gold in two divisions in just six fights – becoming the first fighter to accomplish the feat in ONE history. He’s lost two of his last three fights but a win over Kiril Gorobets last time got him back on track and the Australian will look to maintain that momentum this weekend.
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