Stamp Fairtex

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Stamp Fairtex seriously injured – “80 percent of her meniscus was torn off her knee”

Stamp Fairtex, ONE Championship atomweight champion, has been seriously injured and will not be able to defend her title against Denice Zamboanga on June 7.

“It’s a sad thing,” ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong told MMA Fighting on Monday. “One of her final sparring sessions prepping for the big event in a couple of weeks, she blew out her knee. 80 percent of her meniscus was torn off her knee and it was on a nasty takedown where her leg got caught. Her knee buckled. She just went for surgery, very successful surgery [on Sunday].”

Even though the June fight had not yet happened, Fairtex also had another fight booked as she was to face ONE strawweight champion Xiong Jingnan on September 6 in Denver.

“I’ve talked to the Fairtex team, looks like it’s going to be six months, but I really don’t know,” Sityodtong said. “I haven’t talked to the doctor. Let’s see what happens. It’s kind of sad but at the same time Atlanta is six months away so who knows. Stamp is a super athlete. You never know.”

Fairtex, 26, is also a former world kickboxing and Muay Thai champion, one of ONE’s most accomplished athletes.

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