The new year is upon us, which means ONE Championship is back with another massive card that is sure to appease every combat sports fan in the world.
The promotion brought out the big guns for its first fight card of the year, kicking things off in style with ONE Fight Night 6 on Prime Video this January 13. The star-studded event marks the promotion's return to Bangkok, Thailand, with three world titles hanging in the balance.
The action inside Impact Arena will stream live and free of charge for Amazon Prime users in the United States and Canada. While each fight has the potential to blow the roof off the arena, there are matches that stand out the most.
Here are three must-see fights you shouldn’t miss at ONE Fight Night 6 on Prime Video.
#3. Mikey Musumeci vs. Gantumur Bayanduuren (ONE flyweight submission grappling)
Newly minted flyweight submission grappling world champion Mikey Musumeci wanted to fight the top world champion Sambo fighter in his weight class.
He gets his wish next week.
In the first of three world title fights of the evening, ‘Darth Rigatoni’ will figure in his first world title defense against the upset-minded Gantumur Bayanduuren.
Musumeci, of course, is eager to hold on to his throne after his hard-fought 10-minute war against Cleber Sousa in his last outing.
The American BJJ ace has been as good as advertised since joining the company last year. No one has come close to solving the puzzle that is Musumeci’s intricate and highly-technical brand of grappling.
The New Jersey native was supposed to take on Russian Sayan Khertek, but the injury bug derailed those plans.
Sambo practitioners, on the other hand, have had a rough outing against BJJ savants inside the Circle so far. Bayanduuren would love to change that narrative.
What makes the 2022 Combat Sambo World Champion a unique challenger is the fact that he’s also a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. On top of his Sambo and wrestling excellence, the Mongolian has also spent ample time on the mats and won’t be surprised by Musumeci’s ground mastery.
Then again, Musumeci is a grand master in grappling, and we’ll see if he can continue BJJ’s dominance over Sambo in 2023.
#2. Stamp Fairtex vs. Anissa Meksen (Women’s atomweight mixed rules)
Remember how fun that unique special mixed rules bout between Demetrious Johnson and Rodtang Jitmuangnon was back in ONE X last year?
The largest martial arts organization in the world is making history once more by hosting the first-ever women’s mixed rules bout.
Imagine pitting a two-sport world champion against one of the most decorated female strikers of all time. That’s a recipe for a potential Fight of the Year candidate, and it’s just January.
Add the fact that there’s legitimate bad blood between Stamp Fairtex and Anissa Meksen.
These two feisty combatants haven’t been shy of throwing shade at one another in the build-up to their highly anticipated match. Meksen struck a nerve when she claimed that the Thai megastar is more of a dancer than a real fighter.
The ignited a fire on the usually calm and collected Stamp, as she vowed to elbow her opponent’s face into oblivion.
Obviously, the Thai fans will be rooting for their hometown hero. It will be interesting to see how Stamp’s striking will fare against a pure striker like Meksen, who has won Muay Thai and kickboxing world titles in multiple promotions.
Then again, this fight gets even more interesting when it enters the MMA rounds. ‘C18’ claimed she knows a thing or two about grappling and has trained MMA in the past.
Will she be able to escape Stamp’s submission attempts? The Fairtex Gym superstar’s grappling, after all, has improved by leaps and bounds over the last few years.
#1. Superbon Singha Mawynn vs. Chingiz Allazov (Featherweight kickboxing)
This main event bout has been postponed twice due to injuries. Well, it’s safe to say that the delays only made this fight even sweeter.
Superbon will be looking to keep his crown in front of his home crowd against arguably his toughest challenger to date.
There’s no doubt the 32-year-old Thai wrecking machine has blossomed into a legitimate superstar following that destructive victory against the legendary Giorgio Petrosyan.
He also showed his technical brilliance by decimating the tough Marat Grigorian in five rounds.
Allazov, meanwhile, has been a man possessed in his last three fights. The Azerbaijan-Belarusian fighter earned his world title shot the hard way by going through the gauntlet and winning the Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix.
After losing his promotional debut back in 2021, ‘Chinga’ has showcased massive improvements and has become a formidable challenger for the seemingly indestructible world champion.