It will take some time for undefeated Filipino breakout star Jomary “The Zamboanganian Fighter” Torres, 21, to get used to the spotlight after getting her hand raised on two-straight occasions on the global stage of ONE Championship. While she never asked for it, she has become a celebrated figure following back-to-back wins inside the promotion’s cage in 2017.
Despite the fiery performances in her first two outings under the ONE Championship banner, Torres is actually a shy, soft-spoken girl with sincere eyes. However, unknown to many, her mild-mannered demeanor hides the adversity she dealt within her childhood.
“I was a really quiet girl, and I guess that enticed them to bully me even more,” Torres revealed. “I told them they should not mess with me because if I fought back, they would be sorry. I punched one and even earned a trip to the principal’s office.”
Years later, Torres became one of the most promising female MMA fighters from the Philippines. On January 26, 2018, she will face her fellow Filipina fighter April Osenio in an atomweight bout in the preliminary card of “ONE: Global Superheroes” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
In August 2017, Torres shocked the world as she made her promotional debut against Thai martial arts heroine Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors” in Macao, China. While the Thai standout has emerged as one of the most popular talents in Asia’s martial arts scene, when the little-known atomweight from the Philippines stole her thunder on that fateful night when she submitted Ishige in the second round of their exhilarating contest.
Torres stepped on Macanese soil with little fanfare, but by the time the Filipina warrior left the glamorous Cotai Arena, everyone knew who she was. Three months after forcing Ishige to wave the white flag in her maiden ONE Championship appearance, Torres out-grappled Indonesia’s Nita Dea en route to a unanimous decision victory at “ONE: Hero’s Dream” in Yangon, Myanmar.
Currently, Torres holds a professional MMA record of 3 wins and 0 loss. Watch a clip featuring her and Ishige here: