Stamp Fairtex will take on Sunisa Srisan at ONE Championship: No Surrender. It will be an MMA bout and goes down on Friday, July 31st. The martial arts mega show emanates from Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. ONE is putting on their first tentpole caliber event since COVID-19 event cancellations became widespread. This card features high stakes championship bouts with a great mix of Muay Thai, kickboxing, and MMA all throughout. Below is my Q&A with Fairtex ahead of her next MMA bout with ONE.
– It has been over six months since your last MMA fight and your last contest in February was a kickboxing bout. What areas of improvement in your MMA game can fans expect to see on July 31st?
“Yes, it is and also because we are all under COVID-19 situation in the past few months. So I didn’t get a chance to compete. But on the other hand, I keep training especially MMA, I think my skill has been improving – mostly is ground game.”
– Your boyfriend Rodtang is also competing on this July 31st ONE card. How important is it to be with a partner who also has the same goals for martial arts growth?
“I’m happy to compete beside him, we help each other training as well as keep support ourselves for everything. We’d like to make sure we do everything we need to do and 100% ready for our fight.”
– Your opponent Sunisa Srisan has a 3-0 record, has finished all of her fights, and is making her ONE debut on the 31st. What are your thoughts on her skillset overall?
“Overall Sunisa is a friendly personality, I like her as a sister. For her skill, I think she’s good on Judo and ground game.”
– No fans will be in attendance at this show either. Did you learn anything from your prior fight in February where fans weren’t in the venue that you can apply to this next fight?
“I’m ok for it. It’s a global situation and also Thailand COVID-19 safety protocol, I just follow the rules. But yes, of course, I wanted my fans in the arena.”
– You’ve captured titles within ONE for Muay Thai and Kickboxing. If you can map out a timeline, when do you see yourself competing for an MMA title within ONE?
“I’ll need a few more bouts before going to that step.”
– During this global pandemic, how has your training been altered? What adjustments have you had to make so you can continue to work and grow as a martial artist?
“When COVID-19 started. I stay with my family and just jogging or sparring with my brother. And when COVID-19 in Thailand is settled, probably 2-3 months before. I came back to my camp (Fairtex) and keep training as usual.”
– There has been some talk lately of a ONE Championship video game and you seem excited about it. What would your overall rating be in that video game out of 100?