After going through a shaky start in ONE Championship, Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol, 29, of Jakarta, Indonesia is in now making a name as an atomweight contender in the organization. In her two most recent bouts, he defeated Audreylaura Boniface of Malaysia and Krisna Limbaga of the Philippines.
“When you have been through failure, you will have more confidence next time,” Gaol said. “I am not the type of person who lacks a view of the future. Some people will lose the ability to fight once they lose, but I do not.”
“Once I fail, it gives me a different view of myself,” the Indonesian MMA fighter added. “It is like a mirror, where I can see clearly about many things, and I think that has made me a stronger person.”
Gaol looks to keep the momentum rolling as she is slated to square off with Rome Trinidad, 20, of the Philippines on the undercard of “ONE: Grit and Glory” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta on May 12, 2018. Despite having the momentum going into her next assignment, the Indonesian fighter remains on her toes to bring her A-game each and every time she sets foot inside the cage.
“I always learn from a loss,” Gaol reflected. “Losing is a bitter pill, but it can be our best friend sometimes. It makes us feel bad, but at the same time, it lets us know what to do next time, so we can be better.”
There is plenty of ambition fueling her grind, including a shot at the coveted ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship. Although Gaol acknowledges that it will take more time and more experience to achieve her dream, she seeks to exemplify the utmost confidence of a woman on a global stage at “ONE: Grit and Glory.”
“I love it when I defy odds and prove my doubters wrongs,” Gaol conclude. “I am here for a reason. Someday, I will be a world champion and I will use that platform to create more opportunities for women and my countrymen.”