MAKING her second professional mixed martial arts appearance, Filipino women’s atomweight fighter Jomary Torres said she is relishing the opportunity afforded her, more so because she gets to represent the Philippines.
Set to make her ONE Championship debut later this week at “ONE: Kings & Conquerors” in Macau, China, Ms. Torres, winner in her pro MMA debut with another organization last year, said the feeling of carrying the country’s colors in an international fight has her pumped up as she prepares for her battle against Thai Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige (2-0).
“I am very happy because [I get to represent] the Philippines. This is good. I hope I win on fight night,” said Ms. Torres, who will see action along with two other Filipinos — Eric “The Natural” Kelly and Joshua “The Passion” Pacio — in Asia’s largest sports media property’s latest foray in Macau on Aug. 5.
“We get to represent the country. It’s really an honor and a privilege. We are one team in Macau. We are all hoping for a clean sweep,” Ms. Torres said.
But while she is making her ONE debut and has only one fight to show for in her young MMA career, Ms. Torres said she is not letting such hold her back and bent on making a good account of herself on a bigger stage.
“It’s my first time to compete in ONE Championship. I am honored and blessed to be in this topnotch organization, which is widely considered as the frontrunner of MMA in the region. Of course, I am aiming to get a big win. I’ve worked hard just to make it here. I won’t waste this opportunity,” she said.
Respecting the sport, Ms. Torres, fighting out of Catalan Fighting System, said she is coming into her debut against Ms. Ishige prepared as anything can happen in MMA and one should always be ready.
“I am prepared for this fight. Every fight is a challenge for me. But I welcome all challenges. Bring it on,” Ms. Torres said.
ONE: Kings & Conquerors at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao is headlined by the title fight between ONE bantamweight champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil and challenger Andrew Leone of the United States.
Serving as co-main event is the clash between Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan and Adriano Moraes of Brazil for the undisputed ONE flyweight world championship title. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo