Seo Hee Ham refuses to fight Itsuki Hirata!

Seo Hee Ham refused to fight Itsuki Hirata. The Japanese atomic heavyweight was one of three fighters on the ONE 163 card who failed to make weight.

The other two fights remain intact and will be contested at a catchweight. But Ham refused to face Hirata and this fight was abandoned.

The Korean veteran posted a lengthy statement on Instagram explaining why she pulled out of the fight:

A matter of principle

As Ham points out, this would be the second time in a row that Hirata has lost weight. She arrived 4 pounds overweight for her atomic weight bout with Heqin Lin at ONE on Prime Video 1.

Heqin still chose to continue this fight, just like the two fighters whose opponents on this morning’s ONE on Prime Video 4 card were unable to make weight. But Ham seems to think it’s a matter of principle.

She stated that,

“This opponent, I don’t think she even has the basics to call herself a mixed martial artist or a professional fighter. Seems like she just hates being too tired, so she just lacks hydration and weight, gives penalties to her opponents and goes out there to fight. It might have worked for her so far, but not this time.

Heqin also slammed Hirata after dropping a narrow decision on him. She didn’t think the Japanese fighter tried hard enough to try to gain weight,

“That night I kept running until 3am your team kept filming me so I had to yell to stop you. After 3 hours of racing, I still haven’t passed the urine test. I kept running and drinking water from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 26th, but you kept walking quietly down the street and watching me run.

to fight on

But it’s relatively common for ONE Championship fighters to fail weight or hydration tests. Bibiano Fernandes lost weight for the first time before his fight against Stephen Loman and the Brazilian is a veteran of 14 fights for the promotion and had never had any problems before.

Loman also missed weight for the first time despite having had no issues in his previous two fights for the promotion. Welterweight champion Kiamrian Abbasov and bantamweight champion John Lineker also recently lost their titles on the scales.

Both Abbasov and Lineker had gained weight for all of their previous ONE Championship bouts, suggesting passing the promotion’s unique weight and hydration tests isn’t an exact science. However, it is rare for opponents to withdraw from combat.

Hiroba Minowa refused to fight an overweight Bokang Masunyane at ONE 159 earlier this year. Ham’s name can now be added to the very short list of fighters who have pulled out of fights with the promotion because their opponents failed to gain weight.

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