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Warrior Women: 4 Female Stars Competing At ONE On Prime Video 1

Jul 28, 2022
Itsuki Hirata at ONE X

There are plenty of reasons to get excited for ONE on Prime Video 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II, including four women’s stars who are ready to showcase their skills in North American primetime on August 26.

Those athletes will compete in MMA and Muay Thai battles, and they are motivated to perform at their best in ONE Championship’s historic debut on a new platform.

Here, we look at all four competitors who will feature on the intriguing lead card at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Itsuki Hirata

Itsuki Hirata posted an impressive 5-0 slate in her first five professional outings – including four in ONE – but she’s now hoping to come back stronger following her first career defeat.

The Japanese judoka delivered some incredible performances to reach the upper echelon of the women’s atomweight division, and fans can expect her to take key lessons from the lone blemish.

With powerful takedowns, dangerous ground-and-pound, and slick submissions, the popular Krazy Bee athlete already had a wide array of tools at her disposal, and it’ll be interesting to see what she adds to her repertoire.

At just 23, “Android 18” also has plenty of time to continue her evolution, and this could be the start of a run back toward the top contenders. 

Lin Heqin

The fighter tasked with facing Hirata is Lin Heqin, and the Chinese dynamo has the arsenal to make things difficult for her opponent.

A striker by trade, “MMA Sister” comes from a sanda background, but she also owns a lot of professional MMA experience. With a 15-3-1 record to date, the 28-year-old can use her additional knowledge to try and outwit her younger rival. 

Entering with back-to-back wins – including a cameo in ONE’s kickboxing ranks – Lin is confident and more dangerous than ever.

She’ll look to use her significant reach advantage to impose her assertive boxing game and slick kicks against the grappler, and her seven knockouts prove that she’s extremely dangerous in that range.

Diandra Martin

Aussie stand-up specialist Diandra Martin is back and aiming to earn her first victory in ONE’s Muay Thai ranks. 

The MuayU representative is a rangy fighter with potent weapons from the outside. She has strong straight punches and hurtful teeps, alongside powerful round kicks.

Martin is also dangerous if she closes the distance or opponents try to swarm her. Her knees and elbows in the clinch mean that her rivals have to constantly be on guard.

In her lone promotional appearance, the 27-year-old came up short against future ONE World Champion Smilla Sundell, but she showed both skill and durability to reach the third round against the superstar Swede.

Amber Kitchen

A layoff has given Amber Kitchen a new fire to succeed on the global stage, and like Martin, she’s determined to get her first ONE Championship victory on August 26.

The daughter of legendary female striker Julie Kitchen, “AK 47” has trained in Muay Thai since she could walk. 

The 23-year-old Brit earned title belts domestically and wants to prove that she’s capable of making an impact among the world’s best competitors.

With fast hands and powerful kicks, the Touchgloves athlete also recently spent time at Leeds’ famous Bad Company gym alongside ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title challenger Liam Harrison – and she will bring those lessons to Singapore. 

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