“I commend Gina Iniong for taking this match on a short notice,” Yamaguchi stated. “She is a good martial arts artist with promising potential in the division. Gina is in good hands, training with no less than the best at Team Lakay. I have faced her before, and she is always in good condition. As always, I am in tiptop shape for every bout. Brace yourselves for fireworks.”
“Facing Mei Yamaguchi three years ago was like going through the eye of a needle,” Iniong stated. “That bout opened doors of great opportunity for me in this sport. I am expecting a tough duel with her again on 24 November in Singapore. I have lofty goals in ONE Championship, and I must win this match to achieve them.”
Yamaguchi is a female atomweight standout and a former ONE world title challenger from Tokyo. The Japanese martial arts veteran is the DEEP Jewels Featherweight Champion, and owns seven submissions and two knockouts in her 27-bout professional career.
In 2016, Yamaguchi challenged Angela Lee for the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship in an epic showdown that would later win multiple Bout of the Year honors from international media publications. In her last bout, Yamaguchi submitted top contender Jenny Huang impressively within two rounds. Another tough opponent awaits Yamaguchi at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit” as she is set to square off with Iniong of Baguio City, Philippines.
Iniong is a six-time national wushu champion and member of the renowned Team Lakay. The Top Filipino women’s martial arts contender owns a professional record of 6-2, with four of her six victories coming by thrilling finish, including two highlight-reel submissions and two knockouts.
In front of a hometown crowd on Nov. 10, Friday, at “ONE: Legends of the World,” Iniong extended her winning streak inside the ONE Championship cage to two matches with an outstanding second-round finish of Indonesia’s Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol. Iniong has the opportunity to elevate her stature in the organization’s growing atomweight talent pool as she is tasked to duke it out with Yamaguchi.
“ONE: Immortal Pursuit” will feature the best and brightest stars in both local and international martial arts scenes, including ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren who will defend his title against former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki in the main event. Meanwhile, Singaporean lightweight standout Amir Khan will take on hard-hitting Australian, Adrian “The Hunter” Pang, in the card’s co-headliner.