ONE Championship: Unbreakable III Preview

ONE Championship’s final “Unbreakable” card will be presented on Friday. The six-fight pre-taped card includes the return of former Muay Thai and kickboxing champ Stamp Fairtex, who will face ONE newcomer Alyona Rassohyna in the main event.

Here’s a preview of the full card.

Main Card (7:30AM EST / 8:30PM SGT) (B/R Live / Youtube)

Bout 1: Tial Thang (2-0) vs. Paul Lumihi (7-4) (145 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Tial Thang will face a step up in competition in his return, fighting Paul Lumihi on Friday.

Thang’s two previous wins in his career came under the ONE banner. Thang had a good rookie year as a pro, defeating Rin Saroth and Kim Woon Gyeom.

Lumihi will be Thang’s first opponent that does not have a negative pro record. However, Lumihi enters the fight after recent struggles in his career. Lumihi has yet to win a fight since joining ONE, having lost now three times in the promotion.

Lumihi was signed to ONE after capturing the One Pride MMA Featherweight Championship in 2017.

Both fighters will be returning after a year outside of competition.

Bout 2: Rahul Raju (7-5) vs. Ahmed Mujtaba (8-2) (170 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Ahmed Mujtaba will compete for the first time in nearly three years when he fights Rahul Raju.

Mujtaba last competed in March of 2018, where he lost a fight to Ma Jia Wen via rear naked choke. Mujtaba currently has an even ONE record of two wins and two losses.

Raju will look to bounce back from a stoppage loss to Amir Khan that he took in October.

Bout 3: Mehdi Barghi (4-2) vs. Kang Ji Won (3-0) (265 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Heavyweights Mehdi Barghi and Kang Ji Won will both make their ONE debut on the main card.

Kang joins ONE after three first-round stoppage wins from 2018 to 2019. While the result of Kang’s pre-taped fight is unknown, it was announced on Tuesday that he is already booked for his next fight, which will happen in late February against Amir Aliakbari.

The ONE debut for Barghi will come after two year outside break from competition. His last fight was in December of 2018, where he stopped Akbar Behniyapoor within a round with a rear naked choke.

Bout 4: Ryuto Sawada (13-5-1) vs. Robin Catalan (9-6) (125 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Experienced ONE fighters Ryuto Sawada and Robin Catalan are scheduled to compete in the fourth bout of the card. Both fighters have had up and down records in recent years, not stringing together a negative or positive streak of wins.

Sawada’s last fight was in October, where he defeated Miao Litao on scorecards after three rounds. In the previous year, Sawada had a win and a loss each in ONE.

Catalan will be coming back after over a year outside of the cage. The ONE veteran has won and lost two fights each in his last four outings.

Bout 5: Shoko Sato (31-13-2) vs. Fabricio de Andrade (4-2) (145 lbs) (MMA Bout)

Shooto veteran Shoko Sato will put his six-fight win streak on the line in the co-main event, fighting Fabricio de Andrade. Sato’s momentum includes three wins in ONE. Most recently of the three saw Sato catch Kwon Won Il with a rear naked choke in January of 2020.

De Andrade made his ONE debut over the summer, submitting Mark Abelardo in the second round with a rear naked choke. The big win for de Andrade was a strong first impression for viewers, especially for a fighter which only has six fights as a pro on online databases.

Bout 6: Stamp Fairtex (5-0) vs. Alyona Rassohyna (12-4) (115 lbs) (MMA Bout)

2020 was a rough year for Stamp Fairtex. She entered the year with a load of momentum, as she carried ONE’s 115-pound Muay Thai and kickboxing belts. Along with her belts in two sports, she had an undefeated MMA record that she was quickly building.

Stamp’s year turned sour, as the two belts she used to carry were taken away. Janet Todd was the first to claim a championship, defeating Stamp via split decision in kickboxing. Six months later, Allycia Rodrigues won a majority decision to become a Muay Thai champion.

While Stamp had struggled throughout 2020, one thing that stuck out as a positive is her MMA career. In-between the high-level losses, Stamp earned wins that carried her pro MMA record up to five victories in total. Most recently was a victory in July against Sunise Srisen.

Stamp now fights Alyona Rassohyna in the main event of “Unbreakable III.” On paper, Rassohyna is the biggest challenge that Stamp has been put up against. Having been a pro for over a decade, Rassohyna has recorded 12 wins.

Rassohyna last fought in 2018 and 2019, where she defeated opponents within a round with both showings. Rassohyna has four losses, one of them being against Ham Seo Hee, who is currently recognized as the top atomweight in the world.

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