Halil Amir has been perfect in his career thus far. The Turkish star will look to drive his unbeaten mark to 10-0 against Ahmed Mujtaba at ONE Fight Night 16. The lightweight scrap goes down on Friday, November 3, in Bangkok, Thailand.
Mujtaba may pose massive risks, but ONE Championship‘s #4-ranked lightweight contender does not seem to be concerned with them. The Pakistani star has submitted BJJ black belts and knocked out striking stars. Still, Amir sees nothing special from his opponent.
“I wouldn’t say Ahmed is strong in one certain aspect, but he knows a little bit of everything. He’s had good victories, but he also had defeats. I didn’t see anything impressive in his style. I think he will try to brawl with me, but I will be ready for anything. It will definitely be a good fight. I advise you not to blink,” Amir told ONE.
While some may argue it is arrogance, it is simply the inner confidence of the 29-year-old. And why shouldn’t he be confident? No one has been able to stop him yet, and he is looking for another highlight inside Lumpinee Boxing Stadium on November 3.
“As always, my plan is to go out and put on a beautiful and spectacular fight. I don’t like to predict, but I will aim for the finish,” the undefeated lightweight said.
While he is focused on Mujtaba at ONE Fight Night 16, Amir is certainly looking at the options that may come after. In a stacked lightweight division, the Turk is not far off from a title shot himself. With the glimmer of gold in his eye, Amir knows he needs to shine against Mujtaba.
“This fight is the next step to the fight for the belt. I don’t know what plans ONE has for the lightweight division. I need to get past Ahmed first, and then we’ll see. I’m always ready,” Amir stated.
The ONE Lightweight MMA World Championship is not the only gold in his sights. If he picks up a win, Amir still plans to tackle the lightweight division first. However, as 2024 nears, he is also putting two-division gold in his crosshairs.
“I want to become the undefeated ONE Lightweight MMA World Champion, and then drop down to featherweight, fight for the belt, and become a double champion,” Amir said.
ONE Fight Night 16 airs live on Friday, November 3. The action begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Prime Video. The event is free for all Amazon Prime subscribers based in the U.S. and Canada.