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ONE Championship news: Will Rika Ishige lose to her Filipino opponent again?

Rome Trinidad, Rika Ishige

Rome Trinidad, Rika Ishige

Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige, 28, of Thailand will face Rome “The Rebel” Trinidad, 20, of the Philippines at “ONE: Warriors of the World” on Dec. 9 in Bangkok, Thailand. This is not the first time the Thai-Japanese fighter is facing a Filipino opponent.

On March 11, Ishige made her ONE Championship debut at “ONE Championship: Warrior Kingdom” at the Impact Arena. She defeated Audreylaura “Ice Comet” Boniface Raphael, 27, of Malaysia via technical knockout via punches at 4: 32 of Round 1.

On May 26, Ishige had her second win as a professional MMA fighter by defeating Nita Dea of Indonesia via rear-naked choke submission at 2:39 of Round 1 at “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes” at the Singapore Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

But on Aug. 5, Ishige lost via rear-naked choke submission at 1:58 of Round 2 at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors” at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China to Jomary Torres. Like Trinidad, Torres is also from the Philippines.

Training with Singaporean martial arts veteran Nicholas “JJ” Lee to bolster her arsenal, Trinidad believes that her self-confidence will be the key to success as she shares the ONE Championship cage with Ishige. The Filipino atomweight contender described her Thai opponent as a good fighter with a good background in martial arts.

“The important thing for success is self-confidence,” Trinidad said. “The key to self-confidence is preparation, and I am well prepared for this fight.”

“If I have good preparation, I can fight anybody, and for sure, I can walk out victorious,” Trinidad ended. As she continues to open eyes and introduces legions of already passionate enthusiasts to the burgeoning world of Asian martial arts, she seeks to exemplify the utmost confidence of a woman on a global stage at “ONE: Warriors of the World.”

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