Stamp Fairtex may be ONE’s first two-sport world champion, but Jihin Radzuan still doesn’t buy the hype.
Ahead of her women’s atomicweight bout on ONE on Prime Video 2: Xiong vs Lee III, which will air live on US primetime, ‘Shadow Cat’ claimed she wasn’t overly impressed with the Thai superstar’s skills. In fact, she believes it has been more difficult to prepare for her last two opponents.
Radzuan spoke to ONE Championship as she wrapped up her preparations for the women’s No. 1 atomicweight fighter on September 30 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The 24-year-old Malaysian said:
“I see that as a really positive thing. I think Stamp is a good opponent, a solid fighter, but she’s probably the worst fighter I have [faced recently] after fighting a few legitimate fighters [in Mei Yamaguchi and Itsuki Hirata].”
Radzuan rose through the ranks and secured fifth place in the division’s rankings after winning her last three bouts. The excellence of Ultimate MMA Academy is not done yet. At 115 pounds, she wants to take Stamp’s place as the front runner.
After all, a win over a former Muay Thai and kickboxing world champion Radzuan would likely guarantee a shot at women’s atomicweight queen Angela Lee. On the other hand, taking Stamp down will be a lot easier said than done.
After dominating ONE’s strike-only scene, the former ONE Super Series star has made a smooth transition into mixed martial arts. She won eight of her first ten MMA fights, with her most recent fight being a world title loss to Unstoppable.
Aside from her excellent shooting skills, Stamp has also displayed an ever-improving ground game, as evidenced by her submission victories over tough opponents like Asha Roka and Ritu Phogat. Jihin Radzuan may discredit Stamp’s skills, but the Thai star’s work proves otherwise.
Jihin Radzuan says she can take on Stamp Fairtex
Stamp Fairtex is an 85 Muay Thai and Kickboxing veteran and arguably one of the most accomplished fighters in the punching arts. Her skill on feet translated smoothly into MMA as she dispatched Rashi Shinde, Puja Tomar and Sunisa Srisen via KO/TKO.
However, Jihin Radzuan believes in her own standup game and simply finds Stamp’s clout better on paper.
Jihin Radzuan told ONE:
“I think the way she sells herself as this fearsome Muay Thai and kickboxing world champion makes everyone think her punching power is that good. It’s not top, but it’s good. One thing I can say about her punching power is that she’s fast. Their hands, kicks and elbows can hit you quickly.”
Additionally, Jihin Radzuan argued that Stamp’s previous opponents didn’t have the same impressive lineage as they did:
“It will work against women who are unsure of how to strike. As for me, I know how to deal with it.”
https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-jihin-radzuan-compares-stamp-fairtex-past-opponents?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda Jihin Radzuan compares Stamp Fairtex to past opponents