The ground-breaking event of the year for ONE Championship will now come into fruition as ONE: Empower, which features an all-women event, is all set on September 3. The event will be headlined by the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship.
In the main event, long-time reigning women’s Strawweight champion, Xiong Jing Nan will be defending her belt for the fifth time when she meets Brazil’s Michelle Nicolini to determine the division’s undisputed queen.
Jing Nan is coming off a bounce-back win over Tiffany Teo in their championship rematch last October 2020 via a dominant unanimous decision victory to retain her title, while Michelle will be making a comeback after a two-year layoff.
Elsewhere in the card is the commencement of the promotion’s third World Grand Prix tournament, this time, it is the Atomweights who will compete for supremacy and a title shot against the current division title-holder, Angela Lee.
Leading the tournament’s bracket is the showdown between number one-ranked athlete, Denice Zamboanga and number five-ranked Seo Hee Ham. The Filipina fighter will be staking her perfect record against the promotion newcomer, Ham.
The next bracket will see a rematch of the number three and number two-ranked Strawweights, Alyona Rassohyna and Stamp Fairtex in a match-up of repeat versus redemption. Rassohyna and Stamp first crossed paths last February where the Ukrainian submitted the Thai fighter in the third round of that fight.
Another match-up to look out for is the pairing of second-ranked Meng Bo and Indian wrestling phenom, Ritu Phogat. Both are coming off morale-boosting victories from their previous bouts and one of them looks to advance to the next round.
Rounding out the fight card are the following fixtures: Atomweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinal fight of Itsuki Hirata and Alyse Anderson; an Atomweight Kickboxing contest between Anissa Meken and Christina Morales; a Strawweight Muay Thai encounter of Jackie Buntan and Daniela Lopez and an Atomweight World Grand Prix Alternate Bout pairing of Mei Yamaguchi and Julie Mezabarba.
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