ONE Championship: Empower Live Coverage

Xiong Jing Nan and Michelle Nicolini pose at the ceremonial ONE weigh-ins.
ONE 125-pound champion Xiong Jing Nan will face Michelle Nicolini in the main event of “Empower.” (ONE Championship)

ONE Championship will present their first-ever all-womens event on Friday morning when presenting “Empower.” The eight-fight card includes a 125-pound title fight and the beginning of an eight-woman tournament. The live event is set to take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Follow along throughout the morning for live updates.

A preview of the card can be read here.

Quick Results:

Lead Card (7:30AM EDT / 7:30PM SGT) (Youtube / Bleacher Report App)

Bout 1: Julie Mezabarba def. Mei Yamaguchi via Decision, Unanimous (ONE Atomweight Grand Prix Alternate Bout) (115 lbs)

Bout 2: Jackie Buntan def. Daniela Lopez via Decision, Unanimous (Muay Thai Bout)

Main Card (8:30AM EDT / 8:30PM SGT) (Youtube / Bleacher Report App)

Bout 3: Anissa Meksen def. Cristina Morales via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 2:27) (Kickboxing Bout)

Bout 4: Itsuki Hirata def. Alyse Anderson via Decision, Unanimous (ONE Atomweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (115 lbs)

Bout 5: Ritu Phogat def. Meng Bo via Decision, Unanimous (ONE Atomweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (115 lbs)

Bout 6: Stamp Fairtex def. Alyona Rassohyna via Decision, Split (ONE Atomweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (115 lbs)

Bout 7: Seo Hee Ham def. Denice Zamboanga via Decision, Unanimous (ONE Atomweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (115 lbs)

Bout 8: Xiong Jing Nan def. Michelle Nicolini via Decision, Unanimous (ONE MMA Strawweight Championship) (125 lbs)

Live Coverage:

Bout 8: Xiong Jing Nan (15-2) vs. Michelle Nicolini (6-2) (ONE MMA Strawweight Championship) (125 lbs)

Xiong Defends ONE Belt For Sixth Time

Xiong Jing Nan continued her incredibly dominant reign as the ONE Strawweight Champion in the main event (125 lbs), defeating Michelle Nicolini via unanimous decision after five rounds of action.

The majority of Xiong’s success came on the feet with striking, although she also had good moments on the ground.

Xiong’s striking earned her a knockdown early on, dropping Nicolini with a right cross in the opening round.

Nicolini threatened a heel hook on the ground briefly in the second round, but Xiong eventually escaped and got back to the feet.

Xiong spent most of the third round with top control on the ground. Back to striking, Xiong out-landed Nicolini in the fourth and fifth rounds.

Xiong has been the promotion’s 125-pound champ for years, having defended the belt now five times since gaining it in 2018. Her previous appearance was last year, where she defeated Tiffany Teo in a rematch.

Nicolini was put in the title position after winning four of her previous five bouts in ONE. She defeated 115-pound champ Angela Lee up at 125-pounds in her last showing, which dates back to 2019.

Bout 7: Denice Zamboanga (8-0) vs. Seo Hee Ham (23-8) (ONE Atomweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (115 lbs)

ONE Newcomer Ham Hands Zamboanga First Pro Loss

Former RIZIN Super Atomweight Champion Seo Hee Ham won her ONE debut on Friday, defeating Denice Zamboanga via split decision in the opening round of the promotion’s 115-pound grand prix.

The close fight saw Zamboanga take Ham down with wrestling. While controlling Ham for most of the fight, Zamboanga often didn’t do much with the positions.

Zamboanga’s wrestling allowed her to control most of the first and second rounds. Ham had her best performance late in the fight keeping it on the feet and piecing together shots.

The fight came to a halt halfway through the third round due to an accidental clash of heads that caused a cut on Zamboanga’s head. After a long break to treat this cut, the fight eventually resumed.

Zamboanga came back into the fight with high energy, charging forward and landing another takedown on Ham. Zamboanga was able to remain in full guard until the bout ran out of time.

Ham was making her ONE debut and appearing for the first time since 2019. She moved over to the promotion after a short stint in RIZIN, where she picked up three wins and became their 108-pound champ.

Ham moved up a weight class for this tournament, going up to the 115-pound weight class.

Zamboanga entered the fight undefeated through eight pro bouts. She had not fought in a year, with her last bout being a win against Wastapinya Kawkhong in August 2020.

Bout 6: Alyona Rassohyna (13-4) vs. Stamp Fairtex (5-1) (ONE Atomweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (115 lbs)

Stamp Evens Record Against Rassohyna In GP Bout

Stamp Fairtex avenged a loss in the first round of ONE’s Grand Prix, defeating Alyona Rassohyna via split decision in a close three-round battle.

In a big win for Stamp, she was able to compete in grappling and wrestling positions with Rassohyna while also fighting on the feet. She would get taken down at times but would be able to reverse positions and attempt submissions.

Rassohyna was able to control Stamp early with submission attempts, trying a rear naked choke while on the feet and looking for a choke in side control as well. Surprisingly, Stamp moved to the back of Rassohyna and got her in a fair amount of trouble with a rear naked choke attempt in the first round.

Rassohyna nearly secured a submission in the third round, working on an armbar for over a minute. The opportunity was easily the closest she came to a stoppage victory.

The grand prix bout was a rematch from earlier in the year. Rassohyna submitted Stamp late in the third round of their bout, although Stamp denied afterward that she had ever tapped out.

The fight was Rassohyna’s first appearance in ONE, continuing a decade-long career in MMA.

Stamp, a former ONE kickboxing and Muay Thai champion, is now back into the win column after a taking her first MMA loss.

Bout 5: Meng Bo (17-5) vs. Ritu Phogat (5-1) (ONE Atomweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (115 lbs)

Phogat Uses Wrestling, Ground and Pound For GP Victory

After a bumpy road to the ONE Grand Prix, Ritu Phogat prevailed in a close battle against Meng Bo to advance past the opening round of the bracket via unanimous decision.

Meng’s striking gave Phogat a challenge early, but Phogat’s wrestling skills carried her to a decision victory.

Meng had Phogat in great trouble early in the first round, piecing together punches. Meng attempted an armbar to a stunned Phogat late in the round that wasn’t able to close out the fight.

Phogat had a much better second round, using her wrestling to put Meng on the ground for a large portion of the frame. Phogat was active in the position, landing lots of knees.

Meng started the third round by landing some strikes, but Phogat later turned the round into her best of the entire fight. Putting Meng on her back for most of the bout, Phogat was able to be active with knees to the body and strikes to the head.

Phogat’s spot in the tournament was in jeopardy earlier this year, as he lost a bout to Bi Nguyen after being announced for the tournament. While she was dropped from the bracket for a while, she was eventually put back into the lineup after a win over Lin Heqin.

Meng, one of the most experienced fighters in the tournament, entered the bracket with an undefeated record in ONE. Her most recent showing before Friday was in January, where she defeated Samara Santos on scorecards.

Bout 4: Itsuki Hirata (4-0) vs. Alyse Anderson (5-1) (ONE Atomweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final) (115 lbs)

Undefeated Hirata Prevails In Close GP Bout Against Anderson

Itsuki Hirata remained undefeated in the first round of ONE’s 115-pound tournament, defeating promotional newcomer Alyse Anderson via unanimous decision after a close fight.

Hirata had a strong start to the fight, although she had to overcome adversity late from Anderson.

Hirata was able to connect with takedowns throughout the fight from clinch positions.

Hirata had a dominant second round, using dominant positions on the ground to land a steady flurry of knees, elbows and punches to the head.

Anderson scored a knockdown in the third round, dropping Hirata with a right hook. Hirata was quick to recover, getting to her feet and landing a takedown from a clinch position.

Anderson escaped the position in just moments, getting back to the feet in a clinch. After an extensive battle on the feet, Hirata closed out the bout with a takedown in the final minute.

Hirata now has five pro wins. The bout on Friday was her first time going to the distance, with her other appearances ending via finish.

Anderson was making her ONE debut in the bout. She was appearing for the first time in over a year, with her three previous bouts being appearances in Invicta FC.

Bout 3: Anissa Meksen vs. Cristina Morales (115 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)

Former GLORY Champion Meksen Wins ONE Debut

Two-time GLORY Kickboxing Champion Anissa Meksen had a strong ONE debut to open the main card, finishing Cristina Morales in the second round with strikes.

Meksen dropped Morales in the second round with a left hook, flooring her after a flurry of punches landed that had her in trouble.

Morales had success earlier in the fight, putting on a back-and-forth battle with Meksen in the opening round.

Morales was competing for the first time since moving from GLORY Kickboxing. She competed in the major promotion from 2017 to 2020.

Morales, a former K-1 Japan and Enfusion fighter, was also making her ONE debut.

Bout 2: Jackie Buntan vs. Daniela Lopez (115 lbs) (Muay Thai Bout)

Buntan Continues Success In ONE

Jackie Buntan continued to show her striking skills in the final prelim, fighting to a decision victory over Daniela Lopez in a Muay Thai bout.

Lopez advanced constantly early, although the striking was nearly completely in favor of Buntan. The three-fight ONE vet stunned Lopez late in the first round, visibly hurting her with a two-punch combination of hooks.

Lopez would land shots at moments, but the majority of the fight showed Buntan’s striking skills.

Buntan now has three wins in ONE. Her previous victories came earlier this year, defeating Wondergirl Fairtex and Ekaterina Vandaryeva.

Lopez was making her ONE debut.

Bout 1: Mei Yamaguchi (21-12-1) vs. Julie Mezabarba (8-2-1) (ONE Atomweight Grand Prix Alternate Bout) (115 lbs)

Mezabarba Wins ONE Debut, Secures Alternate Spot In Tournament

Julie Mezabarba secured a spot as the alternate for ONE Championship’s 115-pound bracket with a unanimous decision win over Mei Yamaguchi on Friday’s prelims.

Mezabarba’s win came due to her ability to out-land Yamaguchi on the feet.

Mezabarba would often get the best of striking exchanges, moving forward and connecting out-landing Yamaguchi for moments. Yamaguchi had all of her takedown attempts stuffed during the fight and was only able to get into a clinch position at most.

Mezabarba had a significant height and reach advantage over Yamaguchi.

Yamaguchi was making her first appearance in over a year. The veteran last fought in February 2020, where Denice Zamboanga snapped her four-fight winning streak in ONE.

Mezabarba was making her ONE debut in the fight. She entered the promotion on a five-fight winning streak.

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