What Could Be Next For The Big Winners Of ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE?

Feb 29, 2020

The Singapore Indoor Stadium hosted another incredible night of martial arts action on Friday, 28 February, and many of the athletes who competed at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE earned career-defining victories.

Some claimed World Championship gold and cemented their places at the top of their respective divisions, while others took a step up the ladder and moved even closer to their World Title dreams.

Now that the dust has settled, we take a look at five potential match-ups for the night’s biggest winners.

Janet Todd

Janet Todd poses with her newly-won ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Title

A year removed from her first battle with two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex in the Muay Thai ranks, Janet “JT” Todd made the adjustments necessary to defeat the Thai superstar for the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Title in their rematch.

Now the reigning kickboxing queen, Todd will have a huge target on her back. Stamp may be gunning for a trilogy bout, but Norway’s Anne “Ninja” Line Hogstad would also make for an interesting proposition.

The 32-year-old — who defeated Alma Juniku in her promotional debut earlier this year — is also primarily a proponent of “the art of eight limbs,” but she has won three Norwegian and two Scandinavian kickboxing championships, so she is used to the high pace and tempo that the sport brings.

Hogstad’s well-rounded skill set would ask many questions of the newly-crowned World Champion.

Tiffany Teo

Singaporean martial artist Tiffany Teo is ready for action

Tiffany “No Chill” Teo experienced some difficulties early in her bout with Ayaka Miura, but she overcame a tough first round to finish the Japanese grappler with just 15 seconds left in the match.

This was a number one contender’s bout for the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship, and the comeback TKO victory earned her another shot at “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan.

Xiong handed Teo her only defeat back in January 2018 to win the strap, and she has kept a firm grip on it. However, the rejuvenated Singaporean has picked up impressive back-to-back wins against elite opposition since then.

“No Chill” looks better than ever, and she appears more than ready for a second crack at the strawweight crown.

Troy Worthen

Evolve MMA's Troy Worthen steps into the Singapore Indoor Stadium for his bout with Mark Fairtex Abelardo

Now with his third victory in the world’s largest martial arts organization, Troy “Pretty Boy” Worthen cemented his status as one of the bantamweight division’s top competitors with a dominant decision win over Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo.

The Evolve athlete pushed his mixed martial arts record to 7-0, and he showed that he has the tools to hang with anybody in the weight class. Worthen will have his eyes on a World Title shot in the near future, and beating Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev could be his ticket.

The Russian warrior has won his last five bouts at bantamweight, and he, too, has his eyes on the division’s reigning king, Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes.

Both men are consummate wrestlers with fearsome ground attacks, and the two contenders could prove their worthiness to challenge “The Flash” with an impressive victory.

Denice Zamboanga

The Philippines' Denice Zamboanga is introduced at the Singapore Indoor Stadium

Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga leaped into the World Title picture with a massive win over Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi.

The Fairtex representative stuffed her Japanese rival’s takedowns and pummeled her with heavy punches to cruise to a unanimous decision victory.

Following the win, ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong told Mitch Chilson that the Filipina would be the next challenger for “Unstoppable” Angela Lee‘s ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title.

Zamboanga will likely have to focus on her grappling to have a chance at defeating the Singaporean, but she showed against Yamaguchi that she has the defensive ability on the ground — as well as the offensive ability on the feet — to offer a stiff challenge.

Ritu Phogat

Indian martial artist Ritu Phogat prays before her upcoming bout

Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat moved to 2-0 in her professional mixed martial arts career with a unanimous decision win over “Miss Red” Wu Chiao Chen.

It was a dominant performance from the Indian wrestling sensation, who proved she is ready for another step forward in her journey.

Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series graduate Nyrene “Neutron Bomb” Crowley could be the perfect next opponent.

Not only does Crowley have more mixed martial arts experience than the Evolve athlete, but she is also well-versed in all areas of the game and would force Phogat to work hard on the ground, too.