Two weeks after the crowning of the new ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, at the Studio City Center in Macau, China, his Team Lakay teammate Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 29, will compete at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China. She will face Istela Nunes, 25, of Brazil.
Based in Baguio City, which is in the cold and mountainous part of the Philippines, Team Lakay is known for its world-class strikers including ONE Championship athletes Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, and Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34. The team was founded by its head coach Mark “The Machine” Sangiao.
On July 7, 2018, Iniong and Nunes will compete in the women’s atomweight division at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.” This marks the Team Lakay fighter’s fifth ONE Championship bout.
After taking up boxing in high school, Iniong transitioned to Wushu in college as a means to earn a scholarship to the University of the Cordilleras like many of her fellow Team Lakay fighters. She became a full-time martial artist upon graduation in 2012 and eventually a six-time Philippine National Wushu Champion.
With a reputation as one of the top women warriors of the Philippines, Iniong joined ONE Championship in 2017. The Baguio City native has since registered impressive wins over tough opponents, winning two out of her first three bouts in the promotion.
In 2018, Iniong conquered her Taiwanese opponent Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang, 27, at “ONE: Heroes of Honor.” Both Nunes and Huang once unsuccessfully challenged reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 21, of Singapore.
Iniong also wants to challenge the reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion someday. To get closer to this goal, she has to conquer Nunes at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens,” which will be headlined by Yodcherry Sityodtong, 19, of Thailand and Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei for the inaugural ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship.
Meanwhile, watch the bout between Iniong and Huang here:
Ticket information for ONE: BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS is available at www.onefc.com.