ONE Fight Night 6: Superbon vs. Allazov features one of the most intriguing matchups of the year right out of the gate when Anissa Meksen and Stamp Fairtex collide in a mixed rules super-fight on Friday, January 13. Both women enter 2023 seeking gold and will try to start their march with a big showing in a showcase of Muay Thai and mixed martial arts. And both women have been vocal ahead of the bout.
After her last victory, Meksen was quick to get on the mic and call Stamp out. She described the Thai star as a dance, as Stamp is known for her “Stamp Dance” entrances. And before they enter the Circle against one another, Meksen is continuing her war of words.
“Before [Stamp] entered ONE Championship, I’m sorry to say it, but she was nothing. She had no title, no fame, and when she entered ONE, ONE built her, built her career. It’s not the same for me. I took everybody out [who was in] my way. I did not choose opponents, nothing. So we will see if she’s the bigger star,” Meksen told ONE Championship.
With an already stellar ONE record, Meksen plans to roll until she gets a crack at the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing or Muay Thai World Titles. She has been a dominant force already with three straight unblemished performances. At ONE Fight Night 6, she wants an emphatic knockout to cap it all off.
“My goal is to finish her, 100 percent. It doesn’t matter during which round, but a first-round [finish] would be good. So my goal is to finish her in the first round. [Fans can expect] a quick fight.”
Although Stamp has a background in Muay Thai and is known for her stint as a two-sport World Champion, most fans have looked at this as a striker vs. grappling matchup with Stamp’s growing ground game throughout her mixed martial arts venture. However, Meksen does not fear the second and fourth rounds. Unbeknownst to many, she says she is well-versed in mixed martial arts.
“I trained in MMA in 2017, and after that, I trained in MMA for three years. Now, I just came back and my skills feel good. It was a little bit difficult to come back, but now I feel better and I feel comfortable,” said Meksen.
Specifically, Meksen pointed to her judo background. If the French-Algerian can shut down Stamp’s grappling and keep the action on the feet, it may be an indicator that Meksen could call her shot in any of the atomweight divisions. While Stamp was trying to accomplish being a three-sport champion, Meksen might have the same opportunity. 2023 could be the year of “C18.”
“I did judo for six years. Nobody knows that, but I have experience in judo and I work a lot on my wrestling. I’m ready for everything. I trained hard in wrestling and in grappling. I have a good team. It doesn’t matter what happens. I will be ready for sure.”
ONE Fight Night 6 on Prime Video airs at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on Friday, January 13. Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S. and Canada can watch live and free when the event gets underway.