Rika Ishige talks to mediapersons during a press conference.
Rika Ishige talks to mediapersons during a press conference.

Rika ready to rumble against Filipina Torres

sports August 04, 2017 04:47

By Chidchanok Sharm
The Nation

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Macau - Rika Ishige, the first Thai Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, will aim for a hat-trick of wins when she takes on Jomarry Torres of the Philippines in the atomweight bout of One Championship: Kings & Conquerors tomorrow at the Cotai Arena here.

The 27-year-old Rika, who is of Thai-Japanese parentage, won her previous two fights in One Championship Series last year in Bangkok and in May this year in Singapore while Torres would be making her debut in the tournament.

Riki decided to take up martial arts as she was picked on by friends when she was young. The former white-collar employee now wants to be a role model for other Thais to enroll in MMA

“I want every Muay Thai fighter to join the MMA like me because there is more to it than meets the eye. It requires much more fighting skills and adaptability to engage in each fight. You’ll never know what you will get,” Rika said.

Twelve bouts will be fought during tomorrow’s programme with the highlight being the fight between bantamweight world champion Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil and Andrew Leone of the United States.

Chatri Sityodtong CEO and chairman of ONE Championship said his aim is to make the event one of the biggest in the world.

“One Championship is still in its early stages and we will try to develop it until it reaches the same level as other major international events,” said Chatri.