It was a dramatic night Singapore as Stamp Faitex created history by becoming a three-sport world champion.
Long-time ONE atomweight world champion Angela Lee called time on her career in an emotional announcement prior to what should have been a clash for the interim title between Stamp and Ham Seo Hee.
The news increased the tension going into the fight but Thailand’s Stamp started well, with trademark kicks finding a home early on.
The fight would not be without adversity though, a straight right from Ham dropped Stamp in the second, but she was able to scramble to safety, before finding good pressure of her own locking in an armbar at the end of the second stanza. The bell would save Ham on this occasion.
There would be no such intervention in the third however as Stamp would not be denied. A ripping body shot crumpled her opponent with the referee forced to step in to halt some vicious ground and pound.
In claiming her first MMA world title, Stamp not only collected a $50,000 performance bonus – but became ONE’s first ever three-sport world champion.
Elsewhere, teenage sensation Smilla Sundar proved once more why she is the best in the women’s strawweight Muay Thai division. The 18-year-old stopped the current atomweight champion Allycia Hellen Rodrigues in the closing stages of the third round.
America’s Danielle Kelly became the ONE Atomweight Submission Grappling World Champion with a hard-fought decision win over Jessa Khan.
On a landmark night for women’s combat sports, ONE Women’s Strawweight MMA World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan took out Muay Thai phenom Nat “Wondergirl” Jaroonsak in a special rules match, with only punches allowed. Xiong would walk away victorious with a third round TKO.
There was also a big win for John Lineker, who outlasted #2-ranked bantamweight MMA Stephen Loman as he plots his path back to a world title shot.