‘I’ll Be A Lot Stronger Than She Thinks’ – Alyse Anderson Expects To Shock Stamp Fairtex On Home Turf
Alyse Anderson has a massive chance to prove she belongs among the elite in ONE Championship.
On May 5, the American mixed martial artist will compete in front of a home crowd at ONE Fight Night 10: Johnson vs. Moraes III on Prime Video – the promotion’s inaugural U.S. event – against Thai superstar Stamp Fairtex.
Stamp is the #1-ranked atomweight MMA contender, but Anderson is armed with supreme confidence following her first promotional victory last time out.
With momentum on her side, she can’t wait for the biggest moment of her career at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
“Lil’ Savage” told ONEFC.com:
“When it was offered to me, I was like, ‘Well, if I am going to fight here, I want to fight the best.’ And what better place to fight Stamp than in ONE’s debut in the U.S.?
“I said yes right away. It’s a great opportunity. What better way to get in the rankings and to climb the rankings than to beat number one? It’s the best opportunity that you can get.”
Given Stamp’s status in the division and her past as a former ONE Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion, it’s understandable that most fans and pundits consider Anderson the underdog.
For her part, Anderson doesn’t think the Thai is taking her lightly. But if any of Stamp’s supporters expect an easy night, she believes they will come away disappointed.
The Michigan native said:
“I don’t know Stamp personally, but from what I see, it looks like she trains hard for every fight. So I don’t think that she’s underestimating me.
“I just think that a lot of people in general, because I don’t have the experience yet, are just thinking that it’s going to be an easy win. But that’s why I’m looking forward to proving myself with this tough matchup.”
Alyse Anderson Predicts Submission Win At ONE Fight Night 10
Stamp Fairtex certainly has elite striking credentials, and while her grappling has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, Alyse Anderson expects to hold an advantage in that department.
The American submitted Asha Roka in her last fight, and she’s planning to bring her matchup with Stamp to the ground whenever she can.
“I think that I am most comfortable as a grappler, which is why I like this matchup. Because Stamp is a world-class kickboxer, but she does have holes in MMA, I see them in her grappling.
“Honestly, that’s where I see her biggest hole. So that’s where I see myself taking the fight and taking advantage. I’m not concerned about her level of grappling.”
“Lil Savage” will enter as the longer, rangier athlete in this showdown, but she expects Stamp to be surprised when they battle in close range.
While the Fairtex athlete has developed a lot of strength in the clinch from many years of Muay Thai, Anderson still believes she will dominate when they tangle their limbs – and that she’ll ultimately earn a finish inside the distance.
“I feel like I’ll be a lot stronger than she thinks, just because I don’t look as strong as I am. But grappling-wise, she will feel a big strength difference, even though I know she has a lot of power in her hands. But grappling-wise, I don’t think she has as much strength.
“I definitely see me getting the submission. I can’t give you a round, but I’ll just say I will win through a submission.”