Thai-Japanese MMA star Rika Ishige to compete again in Bangkok

Chatri Sityodtong, Rika Ishige

Chatri Sityodtong, Rika Ishige

The Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand will once again play host to a ONE Championship event. One of the hometown heroes who will showcase their skills in front of their countrymen at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” in the arena on October 6, 2018 is Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, 29, a Bangkok resident who is Japanese and Thai descent.

ONE Championship™ (ONE), the largest global sports media property in Asian history, formally announced “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” during the kick-off press conference on July 9, 2018 at the W Hotel in Bangkok. During the event, Ishige stated, “Martial arts in Thailand has really taken off, and I am proud to be a part of its growth.”

“I have progressed a lot so far in my young career,” the Thai-Japanese ONE Championship athlete added. “The possibilities are endless for me, and I will continue to work hard to make my family and my fans proud. This is an awesome opportunity to showcase my skills at a big event this coming October.”

ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong was also present during the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” press conference. During the event, he said that the organization will “create an indelible legacy” during the event in Bangkok.

It was in the ONE Championship cage where Ishige made a successful debut as a professional MMA fighter. On March 11, 2017, she knocked out her Malaysian opponent Audreylaura “Ice Comet” Boniface Raphael, 28, at “ONE: Warrior Kingdom,” which also took place at the Impact Arena.

All of Ishige’s victories in ONE Championship have ended via impressive finish, showcasing her high-level grappling skills. She is training out of Tiger Muay Thai and Bangkok Fight Lab.

At the age of 9, Ishige started her martial arts training with Aikido and Taekwondo. She was heavily influenced by her late Japanese father who trained in Judo.

Ishige is coming out of a loss to Angelie Sabanal, 28, of the Philippines. The Thai-Japanese fighter’s opponent at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” has yet to be announced.

Currently, Ishige holds a professional MMA record of 3 wins and 2 losses. Watch one of her previous bouts here:

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