WATCH: Stamp Fairtex Sets Up a Fight With Angela Lee After Dominant Win Over Ritu Phogat at ONE: WINTER WARRIORS

Published 12/03/2021, 10:21 AM EST

ONE Championship fans witnessed several exciting bouts on the opening card of December 2021. One such intriguing bout was the women’s atomweight MMA clash between Ritu Phogat and Stamp Fairtex in the co-main event at ONE: WINTER WARRIORS.

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Several eyes were on this fight as it was also the women’s atomweight Grand Prix final. It means the winner between Phogat and Stamp will walk out with a silver belt and a secured shot at the women’s atomweight title. 

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Phogat, who was 7-1 coming into this bout, was riding a 3-fight win streak. Furthermore, ‘The Indian Tigress’ is a force to be reckoned with in the ONE women’s atomweight division.

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Meanwhile, Stamp, who was also 7-1 in MMA coming into this bout, was riding on a 2-fight win streak. Furthermore, the Fairtex representative is a former two-sport world champion.

Moreover, the fact that both fighters didn’t hold back in firing shots at each other during the build-up of ONE: WINTER WARRIORS only added to the fight’s intrigue.

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Stamp Fairtex beats Ritu Phogat at her own game

Both fighters started slow, calculating their every move in the first minute of the fight. Then, Phogat went for a takedown attempt, resulting in the bout staying in a corner for the majority of round one. 

While in the corner, Stamp landed a couple of knees. However, the Indian fighter executed a successful takedown in the second half of the first round.

Then in round two, ‘The Indian Tigress’ again executed a perfect takedown. However, the Fairtex representative put Phogat in a deep armbar, resulting in the Indian fighter tapping out.

The bout resulted in Stamp Fairtex defeating Ritu Phogat via submission (armbar) in the second round.

What’s next for ‘The Indian Tigress’ and the Fairtex representative?

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As already mentioned above, the winner of this fight was going to secure a shot at the women’s atomweight title. 

Now that Stamp has won this fight, it will be her who will be the next challenger. It means the Fairtex representative will face the current ONE women’s atomweight champion, Angela Lee, in her next bout.

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Meanwhile, Phogat will have to go back to the drawing board to figure out what went wrong. Nevertheless, an elite athlete like her won’t need much time to bounce back from this loss and put herself back on the map for a title shot.

Were you excited to watch ONE: WINTER WARRIORS? Do share with us your favorite fight from this exciting event in the comments section down below.

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC, and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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