3 Fights to Watch at ONE: NextGen
Highlighting the action will be the semifinals to the ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix, but the remaining four bouts offer a lot of excitement as well. Two heavy-hitter kickboxing matchups join the card alongside exciting strawweights and undefeated heavyweights. It will be an event full of excitement.
What stands out at ONE: NextGen? Here are three matches you will need to watch when the bell rings from Singapore.
Miao Li Tao vs. Jeremy Miado
If there is a sleeper for Match of the Night, this one is it. Strawweights Miao Li Tao and Jeremy Miado step into the Circle for a rematch of their 2019 encounter.
When they last met, Miado secured a highlight-reel knockout for himself with a first-round flying knee KO. China’s Miao sees this as an opportunity for redemption.
Both men will be seeking consistency in their performance as they try to end the year on a high note. As the strawweight division gets deeper by the day, they will be looking to secure their position for 2022 and make a push for the official ONE athlete rankings. That means you should expect both men to go for broke and leave everything on the mat in the early goings of ONE: NextGen.
Kirill Grishenko vs. Dustin Joynson
When two undefeated athletes hit the canvas, it almost always draws attention. When they are two heavyweights, it demands it.
Kirill Grishenko and Dustin Joynson not only have an opportunity to continue their winning ways but to assert themselves as a top contender for 2022.
Grishenko has already begun his trek toward the top by knocking off “Reug Reug” Oumar Kane in his ONE debut, but Joynson will be trying to steal his thunder right out of the gate. The outcome may come down to who can impose their will on the other but do not expect either man to waste time once the bell rings.
These two undefeated heavyweight contenders may steal the show at ONE: NextGen.
Stamp Fairtex vs. Julie Mezabarba
All eyes will be on Stamp Fairtex when she squares off against Julie Mezabarba in the main event of ONE: NextGen. However, the Brazilian’s performance against former title challenger Mei Yamaguchi is what makes this contest a must-watch.
This will not be an easy bout for the Thai star as she eyes the finals of the ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix. Mezabarba’s impressive debut showed that she has the skills to not only compete at this level but to win the entire tournament.
While Mezabarba is primarily a striker, she has more experience in mixed martial arts than Stamp. She has been a professional since 2014 and has been unbeaten since 2018. The Brazilian will also enjoy a height advantage over her Thai counterpart.
This match could be a firefight on the feet or come down to whose ground game has developed the most, which we saw Stamp’s improvement in her last victory against grappler Alyona Rassohyna. It should be an all-action main event with Stamp’s bid for history on the line as Mezabarba looks to become a star on the global stage.
ONE: NextGen airs on Bleacher Report at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST on Friday, October 29.