SEAG kickboxing champ returns to MMA
Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) - January 18, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Fresh from capturing a kickboxing gold medal in SEA Games, Gina Iniong resumes her quest for a shot at an MMA title as she clashes with Indian Asha Roka in the ONE: Fire and Fury set Jan. 31 at the MOA Arena.

“Everyone wants to be a champion,” said Iniong. “We will get there eventually, but right now, this next fight is the most important.”

The Baguio-based, Team Lakay standout, however, will have to familiarize herself with mixed martial arts again as her last fight came almost a year ago since she had to focus on her SEAG kickboxing bid.

What was left is the memory of her impressive split decision victory over former wushu world champion Jihin Radzuan of the United States in ONE: Clash of Legends in February last year in Bangkok, Thailand that hiked her record to 8-4 (win-loss).

Now she faces an opponent with a 4-1 slate and itching to bounce back from a heartbreaking third-round submission defeat to Thai Nong Stamp in ONE: Dreams of Gold last April also in Bangkok.

“Right now, the only thing in my mind is beating Asha Roka,” said Iniong. “That is what I am training for. I will take it one fight at a time. I believe in my abilities and trust in my team. Whatever opportunities come after, I will take it.

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