ONE Championship’s 115-pound Grand Prix will be the main focus on Friday morning when the promotion presents “NextGen” live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. In the main event, Stamp Fairtex will fight for a spot in the tournament finals when facing bracket alternate Julie Mezabarba.
Follow along throughout the morning for updates on the event.
Main Card (8:30AM EDT / 8:30PM SGT) (Bleacher Report App / Youtube)
Bout 6: Stamp Fairtex (6-1) vs. Julie Mezabarba (9-2-1) (ONE MMA Atomweight Grand Prix) (115 lbs)
Stamp Defeats Tournament Alternate Mezabarba, Advances To Finals
Stamp Fairtex prevailed in a three-round bout against Julie Mezabarba to win via unanimous decision in Friday’s main event, giving her the other spot in the ONE 115-pound Grand Prix.
Stamp’s Muay Thai skillset carried her through the fight, out-landing Mezabarba in stand-up positions in the first and last rounds. Mezabarba connected with her own strikes, but it was clear by the end that Stamp had put together the better performance.
The fight hit the ground in the second frame, where Stamp was able to take full mount and unload with ground and pound.
Stamp avenged her sole MMA loss in her quarter-final bout, taking a split decision victory over Alyona Rassohyna last month.
Mezabarba entered the tournament as an alternate, replacing former RIZIN Super Atomweight Champion Ham Seo Hee. She earned her spot as an alternate at “Empower” last month when she defeated veteran Mei Yamaguchi via unanimous decision.
It was announced on the broadcast that a grand finals bout between Stamp and Ritu Phogat will happen on December 3rd.
Bout 5: Ritu Phogat (6-1) vs. Jenelyn Olsim (5-2) (ONE MMA Atomweight Grand Prix) (115 lbs)
Phogat Uses Wrestling To Secure Spot In Grand Prix Final
Ritu Phogat secured a spot in the grand finals of ONE Championship’s 115-pound Grand Prix on Friday, defeating short-notice opponent Jenelyn Olsim via unanimous decision.
Phogat’s wrestling background was on display throughout the fight, taking Olsim down in every round and earning a large amount of control time. Phogat had to avoid numerous submission attempts from the ground, as Olsim was still aggressive from her back.
It was reported just earlier this week that Olsim would be in the tournament fight. She was replacing undefeated prospect Itsuki Hirata, who withdrew from the bracket due to illness.
Olsim had earned two wins in ONE Championship earlier this year, defeating Maira Mazar and Bi Nguyen.
Phogat won her quarter-final bout in the tournament last month, fighting to a decision victory over Meng Bo.
Bout 4: Anderson Braddock Silva vs. Iraj Azizpour (265 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Azizpour Defeats Short-Notice Opponent Silva In ONE Debut
Iraj Azizpour won his ONE Championship debut on Friday, scoring a kickboxing win over short-notice opponent Anderson Braddock Silva in a unanimous decision result.
Azizpour succeeded in all three rounds, connecting with the better shots against Silva. His sole knockdown came early in the fight, dropping Silva with a head kick in the first round.
Azizpour was originally scheduled to headline this card in a title fight, but plans changed after Roman Kryklia had to withdraw from the lineup.
Silva had competed just a week prior to this event, getting submitted in an MMA bout against grappling ace Marcus Buchecha.
Bout 3: Kirill Grishenko (4-0) vs. Dustin Joynson (6-0) (265 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Grishenko Earns Decision Win Over Newcomer Joynson
Kirill Grishenko retained his undefeated record Friday, defeating promotional newcomer Dustin Joynson via unanimous decision.
A strong two-round performance from Grishenko secured him the win.
Grishenko used his wrestling skills to get Joynson down in the first round, controlling him for numerous minutes. He attempted a rear naked choke during the round but wasn’t able to secure the submission.
Grishenko found success in stand-up exchanges in the second round, keeping Joynson against the cage with combinations.
Joynson had a good final round of the fight, dictating the pace of the final five minutes against a tired Grishenko on the feet. Despite the solid late performance, his work wasn’t enough to take back the fight.
Grishenko’s previous fight was his ONE Championship debut, where he became the first person to hand Oumar Kane (also known as “Reug Reug”) a pro loss.
Joynson was making his first appearance in ONE Championship. His previous fight was in CFFC, where he defeated veteran Carl Seumanutafa last year.
Bout 2: Miao Li Tao (6-4) vs. Jeremy Miado (9-4) (125 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Miado Wins In Return, Out-Lands Miao For Stoppage Win
An overwhelming and consistent flow of punches from Jeremy Miado scored him a win over Miao Li Tao, stopping him in the second round.
Punches from Miado made Miao shell up early into the second round, causing the referee to eventually step in and end the bout.
Miado had the better striking throughout the fight, out-landing Miao by a wide margin.
Miado’s ONE record is now an even four wins and four losses. This bout was a rematch, as Miado had earned a first-round stoppage over Miao in 2019.
Miao is now on a two-fight losing streak. His previous bout was a decision loss to Alex Silva earlier this year.
Bout 1: Beybulat Isaev vs. Bogdan Stoica (225 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
Isaev Battles Past Knockdown For Scorecard Win
Beybulat Isaev scored a decision win over Bogdan Stoica to open the card, prevailing in a kickboxing bout that saw both fighters land at a high volume.
Isaev out-landed Stoica for most of the fight, although he had to battle past adversity to get the victory.
Stoica scored a knockdown over Isaev in the second round, dropping him with a right hook. Isaev was able to recover from this, having a strong final round where a combination of punches dropped Stoica.
Isaev now has two wins in ONE Championship. His earned his first win in the promotion early this year, scoring a brutal first-round knockout over Mihajlo Kecojevic.
Stoica, a former GLORY Kickboxing fighter, was making his ONE Championship debut in the fight.