One Championship Releases ‘Winter Warriors’ Lineup on Dec. 3

By Jay Pettry Nov 11, 2021

In less than a month, the One Championship atomweight grand prix will come to a close.

On Thursday, One sent out a press release announcing its six-fight card that will take place on Dec. 3. The show, titled “Winter Warriors,” will see the atomweight (115 pounds) tournament finals as well as a lightweight (170 pounds) kickboxing strap on the line in its live card. In the main event, Regian Eersel will put up his 170-pound kickboxing belt as he takes on Islam Murtazaev.

In the co-headlining bout, the finals of the 115-pound women’s tourney will see Nong Stamp (7-1) take on Ritu Phogat (7-1), with the winner earning a crack at Angela Lee’s title when she returns from having a daughter. The tournament did not go quite as planned, as replacements were required in the semifinals against both women. “Stamp Fairtex” was initially set to take on Seo Hee Ham, but due to an injury, she faced and beat Julie Mezabarba by decision to advance. On the other side of the bracket, India’s Phogat was expecting to meet Itsuki Hirata, but Hirata withdrew and Jennifer Olsim stepped in but fell to Phogat on the scorecards.

Other MMA bouts on the card include a 170-pound scrap pitting two men whose last appearances were defeats to champ Christian Lee, as Timofey Nastyukhin (14-5) takes on Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (8-2). Arslanaliev has not competed in over two years, since that grand prix loss to Lee, while Nastyukhin made his way to a title shot and got knocked out in 73 seconds. Additionally, grappling wizard Marcus Almeida (1-0) will try to earn his second career victory against unbeaten knockout artist Ji Won Kang (5-0).

One Championship “Winter Warriors” Lineup:

Regian Eersel vs. Islam Murtazaev – 170-pound kickboxing championship
Nong Stamp vs. Ritu Phogat – 115-pound tournament final
Qiu Jianliang vs. Hiroki Akimoto – 145-pound kickboxing
Timofey Nastyukhin vs. Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev – 170 pounds
Ji Won Kang vs. Marcus Almeida – heavyweight
Yong Hu vs. Yuya Wakamatsu – 135 pounds