Singapore: Eight top ONE Championship™ (ONE) atomweight athletes competing in the highly anticipated ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix, which kicks off at ONE: EMPOWER on Friday, 28 May, spoke to the media about their respective matchups.
Undefeated #1-ranked contender Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga of the Philippines welcomes feared South Korean veteran, Seo Hee Ham, into the Circle. Zamboanga talked about facing the most dangerous fighter in the tournament, and potentially taking on her close friend Stamp Fairtex in the second round, while Ham talked about continuing her career with ONE Championship, and her thoughts on Zamboanga’s rise through the ranks.
Denice Zamboanga (Full Interview):
Seo Hee Ham (Full Interview):
Former two-sport ONE World Champion and current #4-ranked contender Stamp Fairtex of Thailand squares off with #3-ranked contender Alyona Rassohyna of Russia in an epic rematch. Stamp talked about Rassohyna’s strengths and weaknesses after facing her the first time, and potentially fighting her friend Denice Zamboanga in the second round, while Rassohyna talked about her previous victory over Stamp, and her chances of winning the entire tournament.
Stamp Fairtex (Full Interview):
Alyona Rassohyna (Full Interview):
#2-ranked contender Meng Bo of China takes on Indian Wrestling Champion Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat. Meng talked about her thoughts on how to combat Phogat’s wrestling, and earning a shot at the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship, while Phogat talked about being ready to face the top fighters in her division, and her improved striking skills, particularly her boxing.
Ritu Phogat (Full Interview):
Meng Bo (Full Interview):
Highly-regarded American Alyse “Lil’ Savage” Anderson faces Itsuki “Strong Heart Fighter” Hirata of Japan. Anderson talked about making the decision to join ONE Championship, and facing a strong grappler in Hirata, while Hirata talked about confidence heading into this high-profile tournament and winning it all, and her thoughts on her first-round opponent, Anderson.
Itsuki Hirata (Full Interview):
Alyse Anderson (Full Interview):
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