A COLOSSAL ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Title fight and the highly anticipated semifinals of the ONE Women's Atomweight World Grand Prix headline ONE: NEXTGEN on 29 October! @PhogatRitu @_itsuki_h_ #ONENextGen #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/7zEU8f2MUA— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) October 7, 2021
With COVID-19 resurgent in Singapore, One Championship has decided to go back to closed-door, tape-delayed events.
Via press release on Thursday, One sent out the lineup for the first of a trio of events in the “Nextgen” series. The first, a live show, will take place on Oct. 29 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, and it will feature six bouts including two kickboxing contests. The subsequent fight cards of Nextgen II and Nextgen III will air via tape delay on Nov. 12 and Nov. 26, respectively.
The live show of One: Nextgen will be capped off by a light heavyweight kickboxing title fight between champ Roman Kryklia and Murat Aygun. This same fight card will also see the semifinals of its atomweight (115 pounds) grand prix take place, as Nong Stamp (6-1) collides with Julie Mezabarba (9-2-1) while Ritu Phogat (6-1) takes on Itsuki Hirata (5-0). Mezabarba is serving as a replacement for Seo Hee Ham, who pulled out of the tourney due to injury after her win over Denice Zamboanga was upheld by the organization’s “Competition Committee.”
The concurrent muay Thai fighter known as “Stamp Fairtex” exacted a modicum of revenge over the first woman to hand her a professional MMA loss in Alyona Rassohyna, snagging a split decision at One: Empower in September. Mezabarba, on the other hand, prevailed in her alternate bout against Mei Yamaguchi at the same event. Ahead of the other semifinal, both Phogat and Hirata took home unanimous verdicts over Meng Bo and Alyse Anderson, respectively, at the Empower event.
One: Nextgen Lineup:Roman Kryklia vs. Murat Aygun – light heavyweight kickboxing championship
Nong Stamp vs. Julie Mezabarba – atomweight semifinal
Ritu Phogat vs. Itsuki Hirata – atomweight semifinal
Kirill Grishenko vs. Dustin Joynson – MMA
Li Tao Miao vs. Jeremy Miado – MMA
Beybulat Isaev vs. Bogdan Stoica – kickboxing