ONE Championship has announced the complete fight card for “ONE: Battle for the Heavens,” which will take place at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China on July 7, 2018. The fifth bout of the evening will be between Istela Nunes, 25, of Parana, Brazil and Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 28, of Baguio City, Philippines.
Nunes and Iniong will compete in the atomweight division. Currently reigning as ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion is Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 21, of Singapore.
When Nunes made her ONE Championship bout at “ONE: Heroes of the World” on August 13, 2016, she defeated Mei “V.V.” Yamguchi of Japan via split decision. When the Brazilian two-time Muay Thai World Champion returned to the cage on May 26, 2017 at “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes,” she challenged Lee.
At “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes,” Lee was able to defend her belt by submitting Nunes via anaconda choke. After nine bouts in ONE Championship, the reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion is still undefeated.
Iniong has yet to face Lee but she has fought Yamaguchi twice. The Filipino fighter representing Team Lakay of Baguio City defeated Yamaguchi via split decision at “Pacific Xtreme Combat 43” on March 29, 2014 but during their rematch on November 24, 2017 at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit,” the Japanese contender won via unanimous decision.
Currently, Iniong holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 7 wins and 3 losses. In her most recent bout, which was at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” on April 20, 2018, she defeated Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang, 27, of Taiwan via unanimous decision.
On the other hand, Nunes has 5 wins and 1 loss. “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” serves as her comeback as she went on hiatus after losing to Lee at “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes.”
The atomweight bout between Nunes and Iniong will not be the only female bout at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.” In the main event, Yodcherry Sityodtong, 19, of Thailand and Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Taiwan will compete for the inaugural ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship. It will be the 10th bout of the evening.
Meanwhile, watch the bout between Iniong and Huang here: