3 Fights That Could Steal The Show At ONE On Prime Video 2
A trio of World Championship bouts will headline the blockbuster card at ONE on Prime Video 2: Xiong vs. Lee III this Friday, September 30.
But before those high-profile battles hit the Circle, the North American primetime audience will be treated to a variety of intriguing matchups.
With popular veterans and young prodigies looking to make a splash on a global stage, there are enticing clashes across mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and Muay Thai.
Here, we’ve picked out three fights that you shouldn’t sleep on at ONE on Prime Video 2.
Timofey Nastyukhin vs. Halil Amir
Timofey Nastyukhin, who’s widely regarded as one of the most entertaining brawlers in MMA, will square off with ONE Championship debutant Halil Amir, an undefeated striker with a 100 percent finishing rate.
Need we say more?
A longtime fan favorite in ONE, Nastyukhin is known for his ultra-aggressive, blitzing style that has earned him some iconic and brutal knockouts – including a record-tying, six-second flying knee KO.
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Amir is hoping to make a statement in his first promotional appearance.
If the Turkish sensation can get past #3-ranked Nastykihin on Friday, he would announce himself a potential star in the talent-rich lightweight division.
Anissa Meksen vs. Dangkongfah Banchamek
In this high-stakes atomweight Muay Thai matchup, a legendary name will face one of Thailand’s hottest rising stars.
Anissa Meksen hardly needs any introduction. The seven-time Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion is 2-0 since joining ONE and is widely considered a top pound-for-pound female striker in the world.
In her last fight, the 34-year-old looked sharper than ever with a three-round shellacking of 22-year-old phenom Marie Ruumet, erasing any doubts that she’ll be slowing down anytime soon.
However, “C18” would be unwise to look past promotional newcomer Dangkongfah Banchamek.
The WBC Muay Thai World Champion will be making her ONE debut, but she already owns two wins over reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Allycia Hellen Rodrigues.
Given the circumstances, a win for either woman could easily land them a World Title shot in their next appearance.
And with both fighters known for their forward-moving, aggressive styles, fans can settle in for what’s sure to be an unforgettable clash.
Rade Opacic vs. Giannis Stoforidis
Kicking off the lead card are heavyweight sluggers Rade Opacic and Giannis Stoforidis, both of whom are coming into this bout with something to prove.
The Serb and the Greek will carry extra motivation – not only because it’s a ONE Heavyweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix alternate bout, but also because they are each coming off their first loss inside the Circle.
Opacic made his promotional debut in December 2020 at ONE: BIG BANG II with a spectacular spinning kick KO. The Serbian striker then reeled off three more consecutive stoppage victories before tasting defeat against Guto Inocente this past June at ONE 158.
With his well-rounded skill set and deep experience, Opacic has proven to be dangerous with a variety of weapons, from kicks to knees to concussive punches.
Standing across from him will be the aptly named “Hercules.” Known for his thunderous punching power and granite chin, Stoforidis poses a real threat to any heavyweight kickboxer in the world.
And after the southpaw knockout artist suffered a disappointing majority decision loss in his last appearance, he’ll be eager to remind fans about his prodigious fight-ending power.