Reebok is one of the major brands from which mixed martial artist Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, 28, of Thailand has acquired sponsorships. On January 10, 2018, the Thai-Japanese ONE Championship star took to Facebook to share a photo of herself wearing shoes from the global brand.
“Looking down on yourself is never an option, unless you’re checking out your new gears,” Ishige captioned the photo. “A beautiful dress makes you want to practice more. Is that right?”
Like Ishige, several celebrities became brand ambassadors of Reebok just recently. Among them were “Greedy” singer Ariana Grande, 24, “The Vampire Diaries” alum Nina Dobrev, 25, and Wang Deshun, 18, who has been called the hottest grandfather of China since he walked the catwalk topless at the Beijing Fashion Week in 2015.
It has been nine months since Ishige made her ONE Championship debut. After fighting four bouts in 2017, she became a household name in the MMA community in Asia.
A graduate of Civil Aviation Training Center in Bangkok, Thailand, Ishige has a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management. Her martial arts journey started when she did karate and aikido at the age of 13 and went on to win one silver and two gold medals in local Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments.
Stars aligned for Ishige in her first two ONE Championship bouts. She knocked out Audleylaura Boniface, 28, of Malaysia via punches at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand at “ONE: Warrior Kingdom” and submitted Nita Dea, 27, of Indonesia via rear-naked choke at “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes”at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
Ishige had her first loss when her Filipino opponent Jomary Torres submitted her via rear-naked choke at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors” at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China. But the Thai-Japanese fighter had a redemptive win at “ONE: Warriors of the World” by submitting Rome Trinidad, 20, by rear-naked choke at the Impact Arena.
Like Torres, Trinidad is also from the Philippines and was model before pursuing a career as an MMA fighter. Have a glimpse of Ishige and Torres’s fight here: