South Korean contender Ham Seo Hee has consistently been one of the Asian MMA’s leading female fighters, and “Hammzang” now has her first shot at ONE Championship gold as she prepares to take on former atomweight kickboxing and Muay Thai world champion Stamp Fairtex for the interim atomweight MMA title at ONE Fight Night 14. Ahead of the matchup, she shared her thoughts on the bout, and gave her opinion on how her MMA striking will fare against the elite Muay Thai skills of her Thai opponent.
Have you always known that you’re going to get a world title shot?
While waiting for the title match, I had already received a promise from Mr. Chatri (Sityodtong), so I wasn’t worried or anxious about anything. As someone who enjoys and loves this sport, I appreciate matches frequently. However, I hoped the intervals between matches would be shorter.
How do you prepare for a dynamic mixed martial artist like Stamp Fairtex?
I am doing my best to prepare in every aspect rather than just focusing on preparing separately. As both (of us) possess striking strengths, I am focusing on training to showcase it (in a) feisty (way) during the title fight.
What do you see as her strengths and weaknesses?
I think Stamp is a powerful opponent. Her Muay Thai strikes are powerful, and she successfully transitioned them into MMA. But when it comes to MMA, I’m a cut above her I think MMA striking has different distances and movements that set it apart.
Who do you think has the edge going into this bout?
I can’t say who holds the advantage, but I maintain confidence in any opponent. Also, I will always enjoy the fight in the ring. And I will always try my best, give it my all, and come down without any regret.
What is the most dangerous threat Stamp poses to you in this fight?
I always consider and plan for all possible scenarios and factors rather than what is particularly dangerous. Because the sport of MMA has many variables, you must always be ready for any situation.
In your opinion, what would be the perfect ending to this world title clash?
I always aim for the finish and try to fight aggressively. However, I also consider the judges’ verdicts and make sure to prepare accordingly. It’s great if I get the finish, but even if I don’t, I enjoy being in the ring and don’t mind spending more time there.