THE PHILIPPINES’ Gina “Conviction” Iniong (pix) is planning to ruin a Malaysian star’s perfect mixed martial arts record next week.
Iniong is scheduled to face unbeaten local star Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS, which emanates from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, 16 Feb.
The 28-year-old Team Lakay representative admitted this is one of her toughest assignments to date, but she believes her team has the perfect strategy in place to win.
“She is a world-class athlete and a great champion — that is why we have a great game plan ready for this match,” the Filipina said.
“It will be challenging to face a young and hungry competitor, but it will be a really exciting fight, whether it stays on our feet or goes to the ground.”
The bout will mark Iniong’s first appearance in ONE Championship since her unanimous decision loss to Istela Nunes in July 2018.
Meanwhile, her Malaysian foe is coming off a dominant performance. This past December, the 20-year-old defeated former ONE World Title challenger Jenny Huang at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS in Kuala Lumpur to extend her spotless record to 4-0.
The Baguio City native said she is prepared for the undefeated “Shadow Cat”, regardless of what game plan her opponent has in store.
“I’m always excited to compete. I’m really excited to display the hard work and preparations we did at the gym,” Iniong explained.
“I think grappling is her strength, but I will not underestimate her striking. It will be nice to see how I fare against an opponent of her caliber.”
Although “Conviction” brings more veteran experience into the contest, the Malaysian rising star is not too concerned about that.
“Gina has a lot of experience, but I do not care who my opponent is or the amount of experience they have,” Jihin said.
“I want to challenge myself, and if I go against someone with more experience, then it is good.”
A victory for either in this exciting clash would undeniably move them closer to a bout with ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee.Watch the video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0msMt2vEWA