It’s been a while since Singapore-based combat sports promotion ONE Championship last aired a card live in North America on Amazon Prime for your viewing pleasure. Before this Friday’s ONE on Prime Video 14 (main card 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT) fight fans will need to travel back to the night of August 4th.
That night, Chingiz Allazov (61-5, 1 NC kickboxing, 4-1 ONE Championship) scored a unanimous decision victory against Marat Grigorian (66-13-1, 1 NC kickboxing, 3-2 ONE Championship) after five rounds to take the championship.
Since then, ONE’s been away from Prime Video’s schedule of events, but the Singapore-based promotion’s using these next two Fridays as a means of making up for lost time. The first of back-to-back fight nights from ONE on Prime takes place this Friday night (US time) in Kallang for ONE on Prime Video 14.
Strawweight Muay-Thai Championship at Stake Friday in ONE on Prime Video 14 Co-Main Event
As is customary from the promotion, this weekend’s event features an eclectic mix of contests across all combative disciplines, including two interesting bouts at the top of the bill. After a submission grappling contest for the ONE Atomweight Championship between Danielle Kelly and Jessa Khan takes place, the ONE on Prime Video 14 co-main event switches to Muay-Thai, where supremacy at strawweight (125 lbs.) is on the line.
Incumbent champion Smilla Sundell (33-5-1 kickboxing, 3-0 ONE Championship) meets current ONE Atomweight Muay-Thai Champion Allycia Rodrigues (32-5 kickboxing, 2-0 ONE Championship) in the co-main event of the evening.
It will be a five-round fight at three minutes per round where the three-knockdown rule is in effect. If a fighter scores three knockdowns of her opponent over the course of one three-minute round or four over the course of a match, that contestant wins by TKO.
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ONE on Prime Video 14 Co-Main Event Fighter Comparison
Heading into the ONE on Prime Video 14 co-main event on Friday night, Smilla Sundell stands as the taller fighter at 5-foot-8, compared to the 5-foot-3 frame of Allycia Rodriguez. Sundell owns a 7.3-inch reach advantage (69.3 inches to 62 inches even) over Rodriguez.
Smilla Sundell an Inspiration Among Women
Smilla Sundell has posted a record of 4-0-1 over her last five fights. At present, she’s on a three-fight winning streak.
Most recently, she battled Milana Bjelogrlic (0-1 ONE Championship) to a unanimous decision in kickboxing back in May. What’s perhaps the most interesting part of this story is Sundell’s age.
She is just 18 years of age, having been born in November of 2004. Last year, at 17, Smilla Sundell set a ONE Championship promotional record for the youngest competitor to win a Muay-Thai title under the banner.
Recently, she talked to ONEFC.com on the fact that women’s Muay-Thai is gaining steam.
“I want [girls watching] to see me as someone that shows if you work hard, you can achieve anything,” Sundell said. “I feel more confident now. I feel like a stronger person.. I’m still very shy out in public and everywhere else, but now, it’s a lot better because of Muay-Thai.”
Rodrigues Waging a Bigger Fight Ahead of ONE on Prime Video 14 Co-Main Event
In the other corner, Allycia Rodriguez has gone 3-2 in her last five fights. Currently, she is trying to extend her winning streak to two fights on the heels of her unanimous decision against Janet Todd (39-12 kickboxing, 7-2 ONE Championship) in March during ONE on Prime Video 8.
But the ONE on Prime Video 14 co-main event isn’t the only thing on her mind of late. The atomweight champ relocated to Asia to focus on Muay-Thai, yet her family at-large went through personal trauma, including her mother fighting depression.
“There were many personal and financial problems, and myself moving to another country made everything worse,” Rodrigues said. “I had no idea about this, as my mom wouldn’t let my sister tell me. I thought she was fine, but I had no idea how she felt inside.”
Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction
Stylistically, the ONE on Prime Video 14 co-main event is a toss-up, since both of these women are kickboxers by trade.
Sundell Has Crisp Shots
Smilla Sundell has shown herself to be a brutal kickboxer. One need look no further than the video of her ONE debut versus Diandra Martin for proof.
After having already knocked Martin down in each of the first two rounds, including two knockdowns in the second period Sundell was smelling blood in the water and immediately went to work with strikes to the body.
While Martin successfully countered with a right-handed punch, it was a brief glimpse of success for her. Sundell’s movement made it impossible for Martin to keep up.
A three-punch combination knocked Martin down and out, a victim of the three-knockdown rule.
Rodrigues Equally Intense
In the other corner, you’d be foolish to discount Allycia Rodrigues’ skillset in the ring. She’s got a decent gameplan in her own right. During her fight against Stamp Fairtex, she was tested by her opponent over the first two rounds.
Round three saw Rodrigues turn it on with a variety of kicks. Every time Stamp Fairtex landed a shot, Allycia Rodrigues was ready with a counterattack.
Late in round four, Rodrigues scored with a flurry of shots to the body in the clinch. By round five, Stamp was gassed and had no answer for Rodrigues’ strikes.
This looks to be an interesting fight in the co-headliner on Friday. Get your snacks ready before the opening bell. You will not have time after.
Prediction: Smilla Sundell by Unanimous Decision.
Note: ONE on Prime Video 14 is available to subscribers of the streaming service in the United States and Canada only. Outside of North America, the card is available online as a pay-per-view under the alternate title ONE Fight Night 14.