Hailing from Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines, Jomary “The Zamboanganian Fighter” Torres, 22, is one of the undefeated mixed martial artists currently signed with ONE Championship. Recently, she shared some details of her humble beginnings.
Torres and her older brother were raised by their grandmother. Despite not having a stable business as a source of income, their grandmother found ways to provide, such as picking up extra work at a school cafeteria.
“Instead of letting my grandmother work even more just to get me through college, I decided to stop going to school and find a job to help her out,” Torres recalled. She then left Zamboanga del Norte to work as a nanny in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines.
In 2015, Torres was introduced to ONE Championship athlete Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 39. The latter is a multiple-time Wushu world champion and the head coach of Catalan Fighting System, which is based in Makati City, Metro Manila.
After receiving an offer to join Catalan’s team, Torres did not think twice to leave her job as a nanny and trained to become a full-time MMA fighter. With no martial arts background, the Zamboanga native was shocked when she was immediately booked for a match.
On August 12, 2016, Torres made her professional MMA debut at “URCC: Dutdutan ‘16” at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City, Metro Manila. She won via unanimous decision over compatriot Krisna Limbaga, 28.
“I trained for two months and was surprised when I was told by my coach that I would be competing,” Torres recalled. “I took on the challenge so that I could experience a real match, and thankfully, I won.”
After the successful professional MMA debut, Torres joined ONE Championship and won all of her first three assignments in the promotion. In her promotional debut at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors” on August 5, 2017, she submitted Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, 29, of Thailand.
On November 3, 2017, Torres defeated Nita Dea, 26, of Indonesia at “ONE: Hero’s Dream” via unanimous decision. In the Zamboanga native’s most recent bout, which was at “ONE: Global Superheroes” on January 26, 2018, she knocked out her compatriot April Osenio, 24, via slam and punches.
Now with 4 wins and 0 loss, Torres will compete in ONE Championship for the fourth time. she will compete in the atomweight division at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” in Jakarta, Indonesia against Priscilla “Thathi” Hertati Lumban Gaol, 30, of Indonesia.
For Torres, she is destined to strap on four-ounce gloves. She said, “I am happy to be part of this sport.”
“It’s now considered as the fastest-growing sport in the world,” Torres added. “Making a mark as an international competitor of mixed martial arts gives me a sense of fulfillment. I truly believe I am destined to be a professional fighter. I have no regrets.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip from one of Torres’s ONE Championship bouts: