‘I’m Determined To Make History’ – Stamp Chasing Three-Sport Glory In MMA World Title Fight With Ham
Stamp Fairtex has already achieved a phenomenal amount in ONE Championship, but the Thai sensation has the chance to move into a tier of her own on Friday, September 29.
The former ONE Women’s Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion could become the first athlete ever to earn ONE World Title gold in three sports when she faces Ham Seo Hee in the main event of ONE Fight Night 14 on Prime Video.
Although she proved her MMA prowess by winning the World Grand Prix silver belt in 2021, Stamp would rise to an entirely new level if she defeats the South Korean star at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
With that in mind, the 25-year-old is embracing her massive opportunity to claim the ONE Interim Women’s Atomweight MMA World Title in front of a North American primetime audience.
She told onefc.com:
“This fight means a lot to me. If I win, I’ll be the first three-sport ONE World Champion, which no one has ever accomplished before. I’m determined to make history.”
With longtime divisional queen Angela Lee still deciding on her future, #1-ranked Stamp and #2-ranked Ham will duke it out for the interim gold.
While Stamp has history-making ambitions, she’s not expecting an easy route given her opponent’s impressive nine-fight winning streak and much longer track record in mixed martial arts.
But even though “Hamzzang” believes her additional years of MMA experience – with 22 more professional bouts than Stamp – will give her the edge, the Fairtex representative doesn’t think it guarantees anything.
“Ham Seo Hee is really strong fighter.
“I agree that Ham is good in her sport, but I’m better than her in my field [striking], too. Let’s see who is better in the ring.”
Stamps Thinks Her Muay Thai Arsenal Will Lead To Knockout Of Ham
The stylistic matchup between Stamp Fairtex and Ham Seo Hee has fight fans salivating.
Stamp has spent a lifetime in Muay Thai and adapted those skills well to MMA, while Ham brought her kickboxing background to the all-around sport with a trademark intensity that few can match.
Both competitors own potent tools that have carried them to the top of the atomweight division, and their World Title showdown on September 29 has all the makings of a classic.
Stamp said of their respective skill sets:
“Ham’s strength is her precision left hand. She always follows her punches with a takedown or body lock. Her weakness? I think she still hesitates to finish her opponent. She’s not decisive enough.
“She came from kickboxing, and I’m from Muay Thai, which means her footwork may be better than mine, but I have far more weapons to pick than her. I have punches, kicks, knees, and elbows.
“I think I’m probably better than her with close combat weapons. If she leaves an opening, I can probably finish her off with an elbow.”
Looking ahead to their matchup, Stamp thinks “Hamzzang” will try to force the action to the canvas.
The Fairtex star is preparing for that accordingly and believes in her ability to keep things standing, where she has the best chance to find a bout-ending strike.
Still, she’ll be ready to go the distance with the extremely durable South Korean if necessary.
“I think her game plan is to come to punch me and then take me down to the ground. I’ll focus on my striking and try my best to stay on my feet and avoid her takedowns.
“If possible, I want to win by KO because I hope to win a bonus too. And I want everyone to see me as the one who can knock Ham out.
“But, in reality, Ham is very tough. I think I may win by decision.”