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ONE's Jihin Radzuan thinks recent opponents were better than Stamp Fairtex: 'She's probably the worst'

The rising Malaysian believes she can handle the Thai megastar in their key atomweight fight on September 30.
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Jihin Radzuan (8-2) is gearing up for the biggest fight of her MMA career, and she plans to make the most of this opportunity.

On September 30, the rising Malaysian will face Thai megastar Stamp Fairtex (8-2) in an atomweight clash at "ONE on Prime Video II: Xiong vs. Lee III," knowing that her opponent's massive fanbase will bring extra attention to this contest.

Moreover, their high-profile matchup will take place in U.S. primetime, but Jihin is not feeling any extra pressure or stress.

Instead, she's simply concentrating on the factors within her control and can't wait to step inside the ONE circle at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

"I wouldn't exclusively say that Stamp is going to be the most important fight – I think every fight is important – but in terms of building my brand, I think this is the best fight," the 24-year-old said. "My opponent is a big name, and I love fighting against big names. But at the end of the day, I have to believe in myself, believe in my teammates and my coach, and not worry too much about who or how big my opponent is."

Jihin is on a three-fight winning streak that's seen her claim the No. 5 atomweight ranking and take out some top contenders along the way.

Now, she'll square off against No. 1-ranked Stamp, who previously held world titles in both kickboxing and muay Thai, and more recently won the ONE women's atomweight world grand prix in MMA.

It appears to be a daunting task, but "Shadow Cat" feels up to it. In fact, she doesn't think the Fairtex superstar will present more difficult problems than her recent foes.

"I'm really feeling positive about this," the Malaysian stated. "I feel Stamp is a good opponent, a solid fighter, but she's probably the worst of the fighters that I have (faced recently) after fighting against a couple of legit fighters (in Mei Yamaguchi and Itsuki Hirata).

"To her credit, she's a two-division world champion, she's a top-ranked contender, so I will make sure I'm very sharp at what I do when we fight." 

Jihin not fazed By Stamp's striking

Stamp started her career on the global stage by winning the ONE women's atomweight kickboxing and muay Thai world titles, but Jihin isn't overawed by those accolades.

After studying her rival, the Malaysian believes that Stamp's stand-up game is overrated and feels well-equipped to handle it.

"I think the way she sells herself as this feared muay Thai and kickboxing world champion makes everyone think that her striking is so good," Jihin said. "It isn't right up there, but it's good. One thing I can say about her striking is that it's fast. Her hands, her kicks, and elbows can come at you quickly. 

"It will work against women who are unsure on how to strike. As for me, I do know how to handle it. 

"But I would not want to discredit her striking. If I cannot handle it well when we fight, it's going to be troublesome and stressful to deal with."

Above all, Jihin prides herself on being a well-rounded MMA competitor and is comfortable fighting in any range.

She will also carry plenty of positive momentum into this match and expects to leave Singapore with a fourth straight victory – perhaps even a dominant one.

"If it ends up in a striking fight, the battle will be won by who can stay patient and land the bigger and most powerful shots," "Shadow Cat" added. "On the ground, if I'm lacking that killer instinct, I think she can (compete) with me there. 

"But if I do everything as planned, she doesn't stand a chance at all."

This story first published at ONEFC.com.