ONE Championship launched a new era last month, debuting a new series on Amazon Prime Video that will air during U.S. prime-time hours. That series will return this Friday when the promotion presents another card from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.
A trilogy fight between champions Xiong Jing Nan and Angela Lee is scheduled to headline the card this weekend. Lee will be attempting to become a two-division champion, and Xiong will try to keep her dominant reign as champion alive.
Lead Card (8:00PM EDT / 8:00AM SGT) (Amazon Prime Video)
Bout 1: Rade Opacic vs. Giannis Stoforidis (265 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
The short “Lead Card” presents a wide variety of combat sports, as MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing will all take place. Kickboxing will open the night, as Rade Opacic and Giannis Stoforidis will meet.
Opacic took his first ONE loss in June, getting finished within a round by Guto Inocente. He had quickly attained a strong run in the promotion before then, earning four finish victories from 2020 to 2022.
Stoforidis only made his ONE debut in January, bringing with him experience from promotions like GLORY Kickboxing and SuperKombat. He won his promotional debut against Beybulat Isaev, but later lost a decision to Andrei Stoica.
Bout 2: Anissa Meksen vs. Daokongfah Banchamek (115 lbs) (Muay Thai Bout)
Moving over to Muay Thai, Anissa Meksen and Daokongfah Banchamek will face off in the second bout.
Meksen, a decorated fighter and former GLORY Kickboxing Champion, has yet to lose since joining ONE last year. She picked up her first win in the promotion’s Muay Thai division in April beating Marie Ruumet on scorecards.
There is little information online about Daokongfah. She has experience on the Thai scene and is representing the Banchamek Gym.
Bout 3: Ryogo Takahashi (14-6) vs. Oh Ho Taek (8-2-1) (155 lbs) (MMA Bout)
In the sole MMA bout of the prelims, Oh Ho Taek will make his ONE debut against Ryogo Takahashi.
Oh is an experienced lightweight that has mostly competed on the Korean regional scene. He started to face international talent in 2020 when he fought against Ronald Girones Sago in UAE Warriors. His last fight came on a Brave CF card in April, when he submitted UFC alum Rolando Dy in the first round with a rear naked choke.
Takahashi will be fighting for his first win in nearly two years. He has lost a pair of bouts in recent years against Tang Kai and Amir Khan.
Bout 4: Marat Grigorian vs. Jamal Yusupov (155 lbs) (Kickboxing Bout)
In a fight that was made on short notice, Marat Grigorian and Tayfun Ozcan will face off.
Grigorian and Yusupov were paired up after their previous opponents on this card were both pulled due to not being medically cleared to compete. Grigorian was booked to fight Jamal Yusupov, and Ozcan had a high-profile title bout against Superbon Singha Mawynn that was going to take place in the co-main event.
Grigorian lost a title fight to Superbon in his last fight, going five rounds and dropping a unanimous decision in March. He had two finish wins in ONE before then and entered the promotion with an impressive title-winning run in GLORY Kickboxing.
Ozcan was being lined up for a title fight after defeating Enriko Kehl earlier this year. His previous ONE bout was a loss to Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong in 2021.
Main Card (10:00PM EDT / 10:00AM SGT) (Amazon Prime Video)
Bout 5: Timofey Nastyukhin (14-6) vs. Halil Amir (7-0) (170 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Undefeated Halil Amir will get a tough test in his first ONE appearance, taking on former title challenger Timofey Nastyukhin.
Amir has competed in MMA since 2016, but most of his fights come from more recent years. His last appearance was in February, when he finished Vasily Kozlov on a AMC Fight Nights card.
Nasyukhin will be trying to avoid suffering his third consecutive defeat. The first of those two losses was in a title fight in 2021 when he was stopped in just over a minute by Christian Lee. He has since been finished once again, getting stopped later that year by Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev.
Bout 6: Martin Nguyen (14-5) vs. Ilya Freymanov (10-2) (155 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Former ONE champion Martin Nguyen will look to spoil the ONE debut of Illya Freymanov on Friday night.
Nguyen scored a win in March, stopping Kiril Gorobets with punches. This was his first win since dropping his belt in 2020 to Thanh Le.
Freymanov is joining ONE with a strong pro record of 10 wins and just a pair of losses. His last three fights were on the Russian regional scene, where he beat each opponent via finish.
Bout 7: Stamp Fairtex (8-2) vs. Jihin Radzuan (8-2) (115 lbs) (MMA Bout)
ONE vets Stamp Fairtex and Jihin Radzuan will meet next.
Stamp is coming off an unsuccessful title fight from March. She faced Angela Lee at “ONE X,” getting submitted in the second round with a rear naked choke. She was given this title opportunity after winning the promotion’s 115-pound grand prix in 2021. That tournament saw her earn three wins within a four-month period, including a submission win over Ritu Phogat.
Radzuan enters this booking on a three-fight winning streak. She made her return in February, appearing for the first time in over a year. She won in that appearance, beating veteran Mei Yamaguchi.
Radzuan gave Itsuki Hirata her sole pro loss in March, picking up a split decision victory.
Bout 8: Mikey Musumeci vs. Cleber Sousa (ONE Grappling Flyweight Championship) (135 lbs)
ONE Championship will unveil its first-ever grappling championship this weekend. Vying for the promotion’s 135-pound title, Mikey Musumeci and Cleber Sousa will compete.
Musumeci is a decorated grappler that has earned four IBJJF world championships from 2017 to 2021. He won his ONE debut in April, stopping Masakazu Imanari in the fifth minute of a grappling bout with a rear naked choke.
Sousa hasn’t competed in ONE before, but enters this weekend with an incredibly experienced background in grappling. BJJ Heroes describes him as “one of the top athletes of his generation,” and states that he has won many major tournaments in Brazil.
Bout 9: Xiong Jing Nan (17-2) vs. Angela Lee (11-2) (ONE MMA Strawweight Championship) (125 lbs)
The third meeting between accomplished fighters Xiong Jing Nan and Angela Lee will serve as the main event for Friday’s card.
Both fighters are long-time champions in their divisions, yet they have both beat each other once. The easy way to explain this rivalry is the challenge to see which fighter could become a two-division champion.
Lee was an undefeated fighter in 2019. Having already earned ONE’s title at 115-pounds, Lee moved up to the 125-pound weight class with the goal of earning a second belt. Her fight that year against Xiong was unsuccessful, with Xiong finishing her in the fifth round of their title fight.
A rematch came only seven months later, but this time was down at Lee’s weight class of 115 pounds. Lee scored a buzzer-beater victory in this fight, submitting Xiong with a rear naked choke with just 12 seconds to go in their bout.
Both fighters have dominated their divisions since then.
Xiong defended her belt for the sixth time in January, beating Ayaka Miura on scorecards. A win this weekend would make her the most dominant current champion in ONE: as it stands right now, she is tied with Muay Thai champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao for most title defenses.
Lee was absent for all of 2020 and 2021, in part due to maternity leave. She made her return in March, submitting grand prix winner Stamp Fairtex with a rear naked choke.
Lee could become ONE’s first two-division women’s MMA champion this weekend. But Xiong could stop that attempt and set a record of her own by continuing her dominant reign.