Denice Zamboanga Addresses Why She Agreed To Fight Noelle Grandjean After Stamp Fairtex’s Exit From ONE 167

Denice Zamboanga spoke out after a substitute opponent was found for the injured Stamp Fairtex. “The Menace” was originally scheduled to challenge the Thai megastar for the ONE Women’s Atomweight MMA World Title at ONE 167: Tawanchai vs. Nattawut II on June 7, but she will instead face Noelle Grandjean in a non-title affair.

Stamp is unable to make the walk at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, due to a serious knee injury sustained during training just last week.

Enter Grandjean, the ultra-strong French Thai standout who has shared her four appearances on the global stage with ONE so far. While losing her World Title opportunity will no doubt come as a blow to Zamboanga, she can further cement her spot at #2 in the women’s atomweight MMA rankings if she can get the job done against her new foe.

Denice Zamboanga didn’t want her training to go to waste

Denice Zamboanga is in high spirits after the announcement that her next fight will be against Noelle Grandjean, who replaces Stamp Fairtex at ONE 167.

Taking to her Instagram page, the Filipino star noted that she is simply excited to get back to work after more than a year away from competition. “Let’s pray for a speedy recovery for our champion,she wrote.

Speaking to Sportsmanor in an exclusive interview, Denice Zamboanga reflected on her decision to accept the offer with less than two weeks’ notice and revealed how the match came about. For those unaware, Denice and Noelle have trained with each other in the past, and the former believes Grandjean’s judo throws are something to watch out for, ahead of ONE 167.

“We’ve been preparing since last year, so yes, I’m a little disappointed, but I’m still thankful that ONE Championship found a replacement.” She further continued, “The hunger is still there and I want to prove to myself that this fight, I want to show the fans that I’m going to dominate this fight and that I deserve to fight for the Championship.”

“I accepted the fight because I didn’t want to waste my training camp, all my training and I want to stay active.”

Zamboanga has fought some of the women’s Atomweight MMA elite since her debut in ONE.
2019. The 27-year-old is riding a two-fight winning streak, with her most recent win coming by unanimous decision.
decision over Brazilian Julie Mezabarba at ONE Fight Night 9 in April 2023.

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