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ONE Empower kicks off the ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix.
ONE Empower will follow recently with other events of the same name featuring an all-female fighting card. In every match for ONE Championship’s ONE Empower, female fighters will compete against each other. Xiong Jing Nan will not only defend her ONE Women’s Strawweight Championship title in a must-see match against Michelle Nicolini, but it will also feature the opening round of the ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix.
The eight fighters who will try to win the Grand Prix are Seo Hee Ham, who will face Denice Zamboanga. Alyona Rassohyna, who is going to fight Stamp Fairtex. Then there’s Ritu Phogat taking on Meng Bo. Finally, Itsuki Hirata takes on Alyse Anderson.
Those eight women will also have the chance to win the ONE Championship Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix Championship Belt. A belt that is really something beautiful.
The ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix Title Belt Draws From History
The ONE Championship belt for the ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix is clearly based on historical significance. The belt is the living image of the PRIDE championship belts. Both belts have a black belt and a rounded crown-like top, with only two side plates, one on each side of the central center plate.
It’s actually quite interesting that they chose to go with that design because ONE Championship’s weight class championships are gold. The color change for the respective straps is a nice bit of information, even if the design and colors weren’t meant to mimic PRIDE.
The similarities between the Grand Prix and PRIDE championships are noticeable, but that’s not a bad thing. There is a large cult of fight fans who see the flashy and ostentatious nature of the UFC championships and get knocked out by them.
A simple, more regal and elegant design often catches the eye. It is timeless and you can enjoy it no matter what era of MMA you enjoy. Sometimes simple is just better, and ONE Championship really hit a home run in their new Grand Prix title.