ONE Championship, over the years, has carved a niche for itself by consistently delivering heart-pounding action in the world of combat sports. Singapore Indoor Stadium once again lit up with unmatched fervor and passion as it hosted ONE Fight Night 14. This event was unique, not just because of the breathtaking fights but because of the tapestry of emotions and narratives that were interwoven throughout the evening.
The most talked-about bout leading into the night was between Stamp Fairtex and Seo Hee Ham. Angela Lee’s sudden departure from the scene, following the tragic death of her sister Victoria, cast a looming shadow of uncertainty over the atomweight division. Questions were rampant: would “Unstoppable” Lee ever make a comeback? Would the interim title be a mere placeholder? But as fate would have it, just before Fairtex and Ham were about to face-off, Lee poignantly placed her belt in the octagon, signifying her retirement. This gesture transformed the bout from an interim match to a battle for the undisputed title, amplifying its significance.
The fight between Thai sensation, Stamp Fairtex, and the formidable Chinese warrior, Seo Hee Ham, lived up to its hype. The first round was a tactical affair, characterized by singular strikes and both athletes sizing each other up, showcasing the mental chess that is as much a part of MMA as physical prowess. The subsequent round, however, saw Fairtex tap into her diverse skill set, showcasing her Muay Thai finesse. Yet, it was the third round that became the stuff of legends. Fairtex, with her keen sense of timing and unmatched power, dropped Ham with a body shot, engraving her name in the annals of history as the first-ever three-sport champion in ONE Championship. Her jubilation was evident when she exclaimed, “f*cking amazing.” during her post-fight interview. She further endeared herself to fans when she spoke of Angela Lee, revealing, “Angela was my idol and I always looked up to her.”
But this night was about more than just one fight, no matter how historic.
The co-main event featured Smilla Sundell taking on Allycia Rodrigues, defending her strawweight Muay Thai title. Sundell’s tactical prowess and commanding dominance were evident as she led the fight to a third-round TKO, reminding everyone why she’s a force to be reckoned with.
Grappling enthusiasts had their appetites satiated with a scintillating rematch between Danielle Kelly and Jessa Khan. Their previous face-off in 2021 ended with Khan taking the laurels. However, Kelly, with her improved technique and sheer determination, exacted her revenge and clinched the inaugural ONE atomweight submission grappling championship with a unanimous decision.
Not to be overshadowed, Xiong Jingnan and Nat “Wondergirl” Jaroonsak put up an exhilarating show. Despite Jingnan missing her weight, leading to a special rules striking match, she showcased her pedigree by sealing a third-round TKO.
Amidst these battles, there was John Lineker’s strategic victory over Stephen Loman. With this win, whispers are growing louder about a potentially explosive trilogy with bantamweight MMA champ, Fabricio Andrade.
An undercard dripping with talent saw fighters like Dmitry Menshikov and Eduard Folayang leaving the audience in awe with their knockouts. Out of ten bouts, nine culminated without the need for a judges’ decision, making it a night where skills overshadowed scoresheets.
ONE Fight Night 14: Stamp vs. Ham Results
– Stamp Fairtex defeated Ham Seo Hee by TKO in Round 3 at 1:04 to claim the vacant ONE interim women’s atomweight title.
– Smilla Sundell, the reigning champion, defeated Allycia Hellen Rodrigues by TKO in Round 3 at 2:58 to defend the ONE women’s strawweight Muay Thai title.
– Danielle Kelly defeated Jessa Khan with a unanimous decision to win the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight submission grappling title.
– Xiong Jing Nan defeated Nat “Wondergirl” Jaroonsak by TKO in Round 3 at 2:42 in a bout under special rules.
– John Lineker defeated Stephen Loman with a unanimous decision.
– Dmitry Menshikov defeated Rungrawee Sitsongpeenong by knockout in Round 1 at 2:41 in a Muay Thai bout.
– Eduard Folayang defeated Amir Khan by knockout in Round 3 at 1:57.
– Mauro Cerilli defeated Paul Elliott by TKO (due to doctor’s stoppage) in Round 1 at 5:00.
– In a Muay Thai bout, Asa Ten Pow defeated Rambolek Chor Ajalaboon by knockout in Round 3 at 0:25.
– Maurice Abevi defeated Blake Cooper by TKO (from strikes) in Round 1 at 4:36.