"Ang ganda niya," - Filipina Rome Trinidad not worried about facing 'idol' Ishige in Bangkok

Santino Honasan on Dec 07, 2017 10:53 AM
Trinidad not worried about facing 'idol' Ishige in Bangkok
"Well, kahit pa home country na ‘to, pero pag-dating sa cage, ibang usapan na yun. Ibang usapan na, kahit home country niya ‘to, kahit gaano siya ka-popular, wala."

Filipina mixed martial artist Rome 'The Rebel' Trinidad has her work cut out for her in her ONE Championship debut.

The 20-year old Manileña will be entering the ONE cage for the first time against hometown hero and Thai superstar Rika 'Tiny Doll' Ishige at ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok, Thailand. 

"Nakaka-amaze kasi isa ako sa naka-line up sa ONE Championship," Trinidad said during the pre-fight press conference. "It’s a big privilege for me na mapasali na i-rerepresent yung Philippines, yung sarili nating flag."

(It's amazing that I'm part of the ONE Championship line-up, it's a big privilege for me to be here and represent the Philippines and the flag.)

What's more is that Trinidad, a model-turned-mixed martial artist, will be facing an idol of hers in Ishige. 

"Idol ko kasi talaga siya, ang ganda niya eh," said Trinidad. " Pero eto, napag-tapat kami, pero kailangan talaga laban, laban Pilipinas!"

(She's actually my idol because she's so pretty, but we were put against each other, so we'll have to fight. Go Philippines!)

As for fighting in Ishige's hometown, Rome says she isn't sweating any of that. 

"Well, kahit pa home country na ‘to, pero pag-dating sa cage, ibang usapan na yun. Ibang usapan na, kahit home country niya ‘to, kahit gaano siya ka-popular, wala."

(I don't care if this is her home country. When we step into the cage, it's a different story, no matter how popular she is here.)

Instead, Trinidad too busy thinking about ensuring a W.

"Hindi ko iisipin yun kasi ang iisipin ko yung sa laban, kung paano ko dadalhin yung laban." Trinidad continued. 

(I'm not thinking about that, I'm thinking about the fight and how I can control the fight.)

Come fight night, Trinidad will try to make an immediate impact in her ONE Championship debut, and better way is there to do so than by defeating the highly-favored Ishige in her own home country? 

 

Rome Trinidad and Rika Ishige go head to head at ONE Championship: Warriors of the World on Saturday, December 9th at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Catch the action LIVE starting 9:30 PM on S+A channel 23!

 

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