MMA

Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong earns 3rd ONE Championship win at ‘ONE: Heroes of Honor’

Jenny Huang, Kemp Cheng, Gina Iniong

Jenny Huang, Kemp Cheng, Gina Iniong

The SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines was filled with fans of combat sports on April 20, 2018. They were witnesses to the historic event of ONE Championship titled “ONE: Heroes of Honor” where its new league called ONE Super Series was released.

Among the 11 bouts on the “ONE: Heroes of Honor” fight card, there was only one female bout. It was between Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 28, of the Baguio City, Philippines and Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang of Taipei, Taiwan, who competed in the atomweight division currently dominated by reigning champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 21, of Singapore.

The atomweight bout between Iniong and Huang at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” ended after three five-minute rounds. The judges gave it a unanimous decision in favor of the Filipino contender representing Team Lakay.

This is Iniong’s third win in ONE Championship. She first defeated Natalie Gonzales Hills at “ONE: Kings of Destiny” on April 21, 2017 then Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol at “ONE: Legends of the World” on November 10, 2017.

After beating Huang, Iniong now holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 7 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Huang’s record downgraded to 5 wins and 3 losses.

ONE Super Series was not the only thing that was launched at “ONE: Heroes of Honor.” The event also marked the first time all MMA bouts of ONE Championship took place in a five-rope ring instead of a cage.

Meanwhile, in the main event of the MMA card, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines battled it out with Andrew Leone of the United States in the bantamweight division. The Filipino fighter knocked out his American opponent at 1:27 of Round 2.

In the main event of the ONE Super Series card, Giorgio Petrosyan, an Armenian kickboxer based in Italy, competed against Thai Muay Thai star “Smokin” Jo Nattawut of Thailand in a kickboxing bout in the 76 kg division. After three five-minute rounds, the judges declared the Armenian-Italian fighter as the winner via unanimous decision.

Watch a clip from the bout between Iniong and Huang at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” here:

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