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Why You Should Watch ONE Championship: Empower

In a weekend stacked with big names and great fights throughout combat sports nothing compares to what ONE Championship is bringing to the table. An all-female card dubbed "Empower" puts some of the best Atomweights in the world up against each other in a World Grand Prix tournament to see who will eventually fight champion Angela Lee. But that's not all.


If a tournament isn't enough for you, there's also a great Flyweight Championship title fight, a Kickboxing bout featuring one of the best female kickboxers in the world, and a Muay Thai fight with a young, up-and-comer worth tuning in for.


ONE Championship has done a great job at giving fans fun and exciting fight cards. Their "Empower" event might be the best one yet.


If you're still on the fence about watching this card, you shouldn't be. But if you are, here are some reasons why you should watch ONE Championship: Empower!





  • A One Night MMA Tournament - Fans who have been tuning in to MMA for a long time know how bad ass one night tournaments are. If you're kind of newer to the sport and haven't had the opportunity to see a one night MMA tournament, you're in for a treat, as this tournament has some of the best Atomweights in the world competing for a chance to fight champion Angela Lee later down the road.


  • The Flyweight Championship Banger - If you're looking for a female champion from China to root for Jingnan Xiong is where it's at. The 33 year old Flyweight champion is never in a bad or boring fight, she comes into this matchup with 15 wins, 11 by finish. This is the Chinese female champion every other promotion wishes they had. Her opponent, Michelle Nicolini, might have less than 10 total MMA fights (8), but she has a ton of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. It could be said that Nicolini is one of the best female grapplers in MMA and there wouldn't be much pushback.

This fight is the classic striker versus grappler matchup that should be exciting wherever it lands. Also, a fun little fact for this fight: Both Jingnan Xiong and Michelle Nicolini have wins over Atomweight champion Angela Lee.






  • Kickboxing And Muay Thai Goodness - The Empower event isn't just about MMA. There are 2 fights on the card that feature a couple of the more exciting female strikers in their respective sports. Anissa Meksen is a total Kickboxing badass that is finally making her long awaited and much anticipated ONE Championship debut after having gone 10-2 fighting in Glory Kickboxing. Then, there's the young Muay Thai phenom, Jackie Buntan. At just 24 years old Buntan is just getting her Muay Thai career started and is 2-0 in ONE Championship, but is incredibly talented and fun to watch. It's safe to say these 2 badass female strikers are a must-watch every time they fight.




ONE Championship continues to put on entertaining cards, but their Empower event is special. It's an all female fight card with an Atomweight tournament featuring some of the best in the division from all corners of the globe. The event gives us a super exciting Flyweight championship that will be a striker versus grappler delight. Finally, a Kickboxing champion making her long awaited promotional debut and a young Muay Thai phenom attempts to show out and improve her record to 3 wins. Simply, the ONE Championship: Empower event is a must-watch for MMA diehards and newer fans alike.






















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