Ham Seo Hee stands on the doorstep to a crowning achievement. After over 15 years in the sport, she stands one win away from the ONE Interim Atomweight MMA World Championship. The South Korean meets Stamp Fairtex at ONE Fight Night 14 on Friday, September 29.
On a nine-bout win streak, Ham has looked better than ever as of late. Since arriving in ONE, the South Korean star is a perfect 3-0. Following her win over Itsuki Hirata, she knew a title shot was next and has been chomping at the bit for her chance to wear gold.
“While waiting for the title match, I had already received a promise from Mr. Chatri [Sityodtong], so I wasn’t worried or anxious about anything. As someone who enjoys and loves this sport, I appreciate matches frequently,” Ham told ONE Championship.
Knowing this is her shot at glory, Ham is leaving no stone unturned at Team Mad. With a strong kickboxing background and a well-developed wrestling attack, Ham is ready wherever the action goes. And she is preparing to be aggressive in Friday night’s main event.
“I am putting in a lot of effort to get ready for the upcoming fight like any other one so as not to regret it all. I am doing my best to prepare in every aspect rather than just focusing on preparing separately. As both possess striking strengths, I am focusing on training to showcase it feisty during the title fight,” Ham explained.
Taking home the gold in Singapore will not be easy. Stamp has been on top of her game and is coming off a spectacular TKO win over Alyse Anderson in ONE’s U.S. debut. The Thai star has improved leaps and bounds with her grappling to be a threat in all facets.
However, Ham still feels confident she is far beyond Stamp when it comes to putting the pieces together in MMA. Even with striking, Ham is adamant she will hold the edge inside the Circle. The South Korean plans to lean on her experience to dominate the action.
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“I think [Stamp] Fairtex is a powerful opponent. Her Muay Thai strikes are powerful, and she successfully transitioned them into MMA. But when it comes to MMA, I’m a cut above her. I think MMA striking has different distances and movements that set it apart,” the 36-year-old said.
Unsurprisingly, Ham stated that she plans to get the finish. It is what all elite athletes strive to achieve in their biggest moments. But Ham is not going to chase the finish.
“Hamzzang” is aware of the judges and the scoring criteria. If the finish does not come, she wants to leave no doubt and make sure she gets her arm raised at the end of the night. For Ham, this is her moment to cap off an extraordinary career and become the best atomweight in the world.
“I think the ONE Championship belt will be the final achievement for me. That’s why it means a lot to me,” Ham said.
ONE Fight Night 14 airs live on Friday, September 29, from Singapore. The action begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Prime Video. The event is free for all Amazon Prime members based in the U.S. and Canada.