Predicting the winner of the ONE Empower tournament

ONE Empower features the beginning of the ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix.

ONE Empower will feature the opening round of the ONE Women’s Atomweight Championship Grand Prix and the tournament features some of the very best women in MMA. The atomweight weight class in ONE Championship may be the deepest and most talented in the company, and they’re going to have some of the most impressive fighters going at it starting in Sep. 3. That’s why a prediction is needed, let’s see which of these talented women advances.

Opening Round

Seo Hee Ham vs. Denice Zamboanga

The first opening round prediction is between Seo Hee Ham and her opponent Denice Zamboanga. Zamboanga but at just 24 years old, and facing one of the best MMA products from South Korea in Seo, it’s hard to see the young finisher in Zamboanga getting the best of her opponent.  Seo takes this to the judges and gets the win.

Winner: Seo Hee Ham

Stamp Fairtex vs. Alyona Rassohyna

It’s fitting the next fight is between Stamp Fairtex and Alyona Rassohyna, considering this is a rematch from their first fight. That fight saw Rassohyna win by guillotine with just seven seconds left, a loss Fairtex tried to contest. Fairtex is super talented, but another upset is possible, however, Fairtex was winning the fight prior to the last-second submission. So it’s Fairtex.

Winner: Stamp Fairtex

Meng Bo vs. Ritu Phogat

In the third bout is wrestling phenom Ritu Phogat taking on Meng Bo. Phogat is someone ONE Championship is high on, but she lost her original qualifier for the tournament. She got in regardless, and now she has to defeat Meng, who is 3-0 in ONE Championship. Phogat seems to have the skills needed to win here, and that’s why she’s getting the nod.

Winner: Ritu Phogat

Alyse Anderson vs. Itsuki Hirata

In the last opening round bout, Itsuki Hirata is taking on Alyse Anderson in a battle of the rising prospects. Itsuki and Anderson have both been getting steady finishes since entering the sport and both are poised to be a problem for the other. Anderson seems like a slight underdog here, and it’s fair to say that Hirata gets the win.

Winner: Itsuki Hirata

ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix will make stars for ONE Championship

Semi-Finals

Seo Hee Ham vs. Stamp Fairtex

That brings us to the predicted semi-finals, with Fairtex aking on Seo. While Fairtex has been a tough out for many, her inexperience and at times immaturity during fights (see her loss to Rassohyna), can get her in trouble. Seo is too skilled and too battle-tested to be bested by talent alone. Seo should see her way to the finals.

Winner: Seo Hee Ham

Alyse Anderson vs. Ritu Phogat

As much as Anderson has impressed in her career, she’ll likely eke out a win over Itsuki if she’s lucky, and will have a hard time against the wrestler Phogat. Phogat is very physical and usually, you need to be well versed in a ground game to combat a wrestlers’ brutality.

Winner: Ritu Phogat

Finals

Seo Hee Ham vs. Ritu Phogat

In the finals, Seo’s kickboxing may not sustain her. With very little KO-power, she’ll have to make short work of Phogut before the wrestler drags her down to the mat for some good ol’ fashion ground and pound. If Phogut is able to take down Seo, this fight will look very one-sided. Phogut should get the tournament win.

Winner: Ritu Phogat

ONE: Empower takes place on Friday, Sept. 3 live from Singapore. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

Published at Tue, 31 Aug 2021 01:25:45 +0000

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