The stage is set for a sensational main event clash at ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON.
ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan and the challenger, Samara “Marituba” Santos, went face-to-face for the first time in Shanghai, China, ahead of their Saturday clash in the city’s Baoshan Arena.
Xiong Jing Nan defends her ONE Strawweight World Championship on home soil against Brazilian Champion Samara Santos! Plus, Evolve MMA vs. Team Lakay!Shanghai | 8 September | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast
Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, August 10, 2018
The Brazilian challenger believes she is the underdog in this match-up, but is confident her hand will be raised after the pair tests their skills against each other.
“Xiong Jing Nan is an incredible champion, and I thank her also for accepting my challenge in front of all her hometown fans,” she told the assembled media.
“Right now, I have an upset on my mind. I will climb into the ring this Saturday night and score the biggest victory of my career.
“This is my chance and my time. I have prepared very well for this, and I’m in the best shape of my life. Winning the title won’t be easy, but I’m ready to do whatever is necessary to achieve victory.”
Despite her opponent’s assertions, Xiong did not buy into the role of favorite.
However, the Chinese athlete also revealed she was relaxed, and expected to wake up on Sunday morning with the belt still by her side, after defending it for the second time in front of her home crowd at ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON.
“The goal now is to hold this title for as long as I can and defend it with everything that I have,” she said.
“Samara Santos is a strong opponent. She’s looking good, and I know I should be prepared for a tough challenge.
“Right now, I’m ready. I feel strong and confident. When I step into the ring this Saturday night, it’s time to show the world why I’m the best there is in my division.”
Shanghai | 8 September | LIVE and FREE on the ONE Super App: http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast