Stamp Fairtex submitted Ritu Phogat in the second stanza of their ONE Atomweight Grand Prix finals bout. This took place at ONE: Winter Warriors on December 3rd from Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Stamp took part in an internal Q&A session curated by ONE Championship after the contest. A few excerpts from that are below.
The improvements in the grappling game that were showcased in the ONE Atomweight GP finals
“This was one of the hardest preparation I ever had in my life. If you compare to other fights, I have never prepared as much as this. I got injuries, a lot of injuries. I had a lot of vigorous training, putting a lot on the line, having a great nutrition plan. It’s the biggest preparation I’ve ever had.”
If this MMA title means more than Stamp’s previous ONE Muay Thai and ONE Kickboxing title wins
“So winning is better than losing overall. But this belt, it proves my path on the MMA journey. So even though I come from a Muay Thai career, today I get to prove that I am worthy of this path in MMA.”
If Stamp visualized a scenario whereby she would submit Ritu Phogat
“Honestly, never thought that I would have submitted her. The initial plan was to stand up and strike. Also, improvise my game plan if she comes out in this way, how would I adapt and improvise? I didn’t think that I would be submitting her.”
ONE: Winter Warriors
The level of admiration Stamp has for Angela Lee and now having to fight her for the ONE Atomweight title
“This is a great opportunity to fight with someone who I think is my idol. It is one of the positions I’ve dreamed of, standing there. So given this opportunity, I would have to reflect on myself. Train even harder to be able to stand in that position.”
Stamp’s message for Angela Lee
“So I would like to tell Angela, that I hope you train really hard. That you have a really good training camp for this fight. Because I’m in this moment, I’m very fresh, and I’m ready for combat. I would try to take that belt from her.”
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