The ONE Empower tournament belt is a thing of beauty (Photo)

ONE Empower will begin the ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix.

ONE Empower will follow suit with other similarly named events recently by featuring an all-female fight card. Each and every bout for ONE Championship’s ONE Empower will feature female combatants squaring off. Not only is the main event of the show Xiong Jing Nan defending her ONE Championship women’s strawweight title in a must-see contest against Michelle Nicolini, but it will also feature the opening round of the ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix.

The eight combatants who will try to win the Grand Prix are Seo Hee Ham, who’s taking on Denice Zamboanga. Alyona Rassohyna, who is going to fight Stamp Fairtex. Then there’s Ritu Phogat taking on Meng Bo. Lastly, there’s Itsuki Hirata who’s taking on Alyse Anderson.

Those eight women will also have the opportunity at winning the ONE Championship Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix championship belt as well. A belt that is truly a thing of beauty.

The ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix title belt draws from history

ONE Championship’s belt for the ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix clearly draws from historical significance. The belt is the spitting image of the PRIDE championship belts. Both belts have a black strap, and a rounded crown-like top, with only two side plates, one adorning each side of the main center plate.

It’s actually rather interesting that they chose to go with that design because ONE Championship’s weight class championships are gold. The color swap for the respective belts is a neat little piece of information, even if the design and colors weren’t intended to mimic PRIDE.

The similarities between the Grand Prix and PRIDE championships are noticeable though, but that’s not a bad thing. There’s a large sect of combat fans that see the gaudy and ostentatious nature of the UFC championships and are turned off by them.

A simple, more regal, and elegant design often catches the eye. It’s timeless, and can be enjoyed no matter the era of MMA you find yourself enjoying. Sometimes simple is just better, and ONE Championship really hit a home run in their new Grand Prix title.

Published at Mon, 30 Aug 2021 17:49:07 +0000

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