Next Friday, 8 November, the two-sport ONE World Champion will take on Vietnamese-American standout Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Despite being a relative newcomer to the global ruleset, the 21-year-old from Pattaya looked comfortable in the Circle when she dominated and submitted the previously-undefeated Asha “Knockout Queen” Roka, and she hopes to put on a similarly show-stealing display this time, too.
“I was 100-percent ready for my last fight, and I really felt like I won over the hearts of the viewers with my performance,” she says.
“I hope that everyone continues to follow and support me. I will be bringing my very best!”
Nguyen is also coming off an impressive win in September when she returned to her stand-up roots to take on Puja “The Cyclone” Tomar in front of a hometown crowd in Vietnam in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest.
Despite that success, mixed martial arts is “Killer Bee’s” preferred sport, and she is far more experienced than Stamp – the 30-year-old has had nine professional bouts compared to her opponent’s two.
The Rayong native feels that Nguyen will give her the toughest challenge so far when all martial arts disciplines can be combined.
“This fight will definitely be harder than my last because my opponent is better and stronger than the last person I faced,” she says.
“I am happy about this, though, because I think it will let me show my potential better than before.”
While Nguyen may have the upper hand when it comes to mixed martial arts, both athletes come from a striking background, and Stamp’s seasoning in that domain is streets ahead.
The Fairtex gym representative has had more than 80 bouts under kickboxing and Muay Thai rules, and she has competed against the best of the best in those sports.
When she factors in the height and reach advantage she expects to enjoy, too, she is confident of a successful night’s work in Manila.
“I think I can beat her, but I will only determine the way I’m going to win once I’m inside the cage,” Stamp adds.
Despite those advantages, she does not expect Nguyen to back down from a toe-to-toe battle.
She showed tenacity and aggression as she pushed the pace for three rounds in each of her last two contests, and Stamp will be happy to engage on the feet after she focused on her evolving ground game the last time we saw her compete.
“I think this fight you are going to see a lot more stand-up. Both my opponent and I come from Muay Thai backgrounds – it is going to be exciting,” she says.
“She’s really tough and will be walking forward the whole fight. I am going to try to stand my ground and not back up. Fans can expect a really exciting performance from me. I am ready to trade and want to make this as fun as possible.”
A victory over the durable Nguyen will move Stamp another step closer to the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title, and the top spot in an unprecedented third sport.
However, she may have to put her quest on hold after this match-up to focus on her obligations as World Champion, but if that is what it takes to make history, she will be happy to do it.
“It is my dream and my goal to become a three-time World Champion with ONE Championship,” she says.
“It isn’t going to be easy – not at all. I’m going to have to continue to defend my other two belts while trying to contend for a third, but I will try my very best.”