Stamp Fairtex Forced Out Of ONE Action Due To Injury, Will Not Fight In Denver This Year

Two upcoming ONE Championship events have taken a massive hit, with the news of Stamp Fairtex suffering a knee injury that will keep her on the sideline.

The 115-pound MMA champion was scheduled to defend her title on home soil in Thailand versus Denice Zamboanga, and then in September head to Denver, Colorado and move up in weight to challenge for Jingnan Xiong’s 125-pound belt. Unfortunately, neither of these fights will occur as scheduled, and there has been no announcement as to a recovery timeline for Stamp.

Organization CEO Chatri Sityodtong spoke on the subject earlier this week with MMAFighting.com, and revealed the injury took place in sparring just a few short weeks before the fight. On the bright side, it sounds as thought the champion has already undergone surgery, which was referred to as ‘very successful’.

“It’s a sad thing,” Sityodtong said. “One of her final sparring sessions prepping for the big event in a couple of weeks, she blew out her knee. 80 percent of her meniscus was torn off her knee, and it was on a nasty takedown where her leg got caught. Her knee buckled. She just went for surgery, very successful surgery [on Sunday].”

“I’ve talked to the Fairtex team, looks like it’s going to be six months, but I really don’t know,” Sityodtong said. “I haven’t talked to the doctor. Let’s see what happens. It’s kind of sad but at the same time Atlanta is six months away so who knows. Stamp is a super athlete. You never know.”

Most recently, Stamp took on South Korea’s Ham Seo Hee at ONE Fight Night 14 last September. The 26-year-old stopped her competition with strikes in the third round, adding a fourth victory to her win streak.

The nice part is, she has age on her side, this kind of injury could be an absolute career ending one for some. But, the fan favorite will certainly be out of competition for some time following the surgery, the question at this point is regarding how smoothly the recovery will go.

 

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