Before the bell rings on the semifinal action, let's look at both matchups and see how the athletes competing for a spot in the finals made their way to this moment.
Ritu Phogat vs. Jenelyn Olsim
Jenelyn Olsim was not originally slated for this spot, but the talented Filipina slid into the tournament following Itsuki Hirata's withdrawal. However, the spot was not unearned. Olsim punched her ticket with a victory over Bi Nguyen at ONE: Battleground III.
Standing on the opposite side of the Circle will be Ritu "The Indian Tigress" Phogat.
The Indian star initially seemed to be out of the tournament following a split decision loss to Nguyen earlier in 2021. Still, she quickly returned in dominant fashion to put her name back in the mix. Once in the field, Phogat put forth one of the most incredible comebacks of the year against Meng Bo to earn a decision victory.
Olsim will enter on short notice but with a lot of confidence, having a victory over the woman who defeated Phogat. Both women have much to prove and could deliver the match of the night.
Stamp Fairtex vs. Julie Mezabarba
Julie Mezabarba won the alternate bout at ONE: Empower in an impressive showing against former World Title challenger Mei Yamaguchi. The Brazilian's dominant performance made her an intriguing star to watch, and following an injury to Seo Hee Ham, she found her way into the main event.
Stamp Fairtex has been on a mission after a rocky 2020. She began with redemption against Alyona Rassohyna in one of the best bouts of the year. Stamp was able to show her improved ground game against a notable grappler and came away with an exciting decision victory.
Now the Thai superstar inches closer to the finals as she continues to eye a World Championship in a third sport.
Mezabarba has a chance to steal the thunder of a global star, but the Thai warrior is on the doorstep of history. A lot is at stake in the main event of ONE: NextGen.
ONE: NextGen airs across all Bleacher Report platforms at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST on Friday, October 29.
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