Thai-Japanese MMA fighter Rika Ishige promises to work hard to make family, fans proud

Rika Ishige

Rika Ishige

It has been one year since Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige, 28, of Thailand made his ONE Championship debut. On March 24, 2018, she will have her fifth bout in the promotion and face her third Filipino opponent at “ONE: Iron Will.”

“Martial arts in Thailand has really taken off, and I am proud to be a part of its growth. I have progressed a lot so far in my young career,” Ishige said. “The possibilities are endless for me, and I will continue to work hard to make my family and my fans proud. This is an awesome opportunity to showcase my skills on 24 March, so I will not take my opponent lightly.”

Ishige is of mixed Japanese and Thai heritage, beginning her martial arts training at age 9 with Aikido and Taekwondo. Heavily influenced by her late father who trained in Judo, she went on to hone her skills as a martial artist and turned professional in 2017.

All of Ishige’s victories have ended via impressive finish, showcasing her high-level grappling skills. In her last cage outing, she scored a second-round submission win over Rome “Rebel” Trinidad, 20, of the Philippines.

At “ONE: Iron Will,” Ishige will take on Filipino newcomer Angelie Sabanal, 28, in the atomweight division. The Thai fighter trains out of Tiger Muay Thai and Bangkok Fight Lab.

On March 20, 2018, Ishige and her fellow Thai martial artists Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai, 29, Dejdamrong Sor “Kru Rong” Amnuaysirichoke, 39, and Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai, 26, showcased their martial arts techniques during an open workout at Bangkok Fight Lab in Bangkok, Thailand. Wiratchai, Amnuaysirichoke and Kongsrichai are also on the “ONE: Iron Will” card.

Taking place on March 24, 2018 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, “ONE: Iron Will” will be headlined by ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 37, of Brazil and ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Vietnam. Watch the teaser here:

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