It takes careful planning, astute martial arts knowledge, and a little bit of luck to build the best ONE Fantasy team.
Picking the winners from a stacked card of competitive bouts can be hard enough when anything can happen inside the Circle, and players also have to decide how to rank their selections to score big with multipliers.
Ahead of ONE: A NEW TOMORROW this Friday, 10 January, we have a few ideas that could help you form the perfect squad on the ONE Super App so you can rise to the top of the leaderboard and earn bragging rights in the global martial arts community.
The Big Hitters
Because this is a ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title bout, each athlete has a base win score of 35 points, and that can multiply by up to five times depending on the rank they are assigned.
If there is a repeat result of their first, epic encounter, there will be no further bonus points for a stoppage, but we can still look forward to another five-round classic, and if you back the winner, a healthy score to boost your total at the end of the night.
As well as going for athletes that you are sure will get their hand raised, the most successful lineups in ONE Fantasy include the competitors that pull off knockouts or submissions.
If there is one athlete that can be almost guaranteed to deliver a stoppage in Bangkok, it’s Thanh Le. The Vietnamese-American has finished his first two bouts on the global stage in an average time of 3:20 to maintain his 100-percent career finishing rate.
Another performance like that, and he will be the toast of the ONE Fantasy community, but he will have to overcome Ryogo “Kaitai” Takahashi, who has only been stopped once in his career, and boasts nine KO wins of his own.
Elsewhere on the card, two female athletes jump out because of their track records of ending their match-ups inside the distance.
First, Stamp Fairtex has earned stoppages in two of her three wins as a mixed martial artist, and she will be a favorite to add to those figures in front of her home crowd.
On the lead card, Ayaka Miura looks set to chase another submission, to make it three in three starts in The Home Of Martial Arts.
A couple of the athletes that will enter the Impact Arena are untested in the world’s largest martial arts organization, but their records suggest that they could give some squads a big boost.
Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg has demonstrated destructive striking ability with three knockout wins on ONE Warrior Series.
Though he faces a big step up in competition against “Cannon” Ma Jia Wen, it is unlikely the Mongolian would have been promoted to the main ONE roster if Rich Franklin and his team did not expect him to show more of the same at the elite level.
Joey “Mama’s Boy” Pierotti also earned the chance to compete at the highest level of his sport after a run through the American scene that saw him finish all but one of his 12 wins. He will also have a tough test against Raimond Magomedaliev, but do not be surprised if he can add to his record of six KOs and five submissions.