Rome Trinidad remains positive after loss to Rika Ishige in Bangkok

Santino Honasan on Dec 11, 2017 01:53 PM
Trinidad remains positive after loss to Ishige in Bangkok
“We never lose. It’s either we win or we learn. My match against Rika Ishige in Bangkok is a learning process for me and my team.” (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)

She may have not been able to pull out the win, but former model-turned-mixed martial artist Rome 'The Rebel' Trinidad definitely left her mark in her ONE Championship debut at ONE: Warriors of the World against hometown favorite Rika ‘Tiny Doll’ Ishige in Bangkok last Saturday.

Coming in with just one professional bout under her belt, Trinidad held her own, landing the better shots and arguably won the first round against Ishige.

The Thai-Japanese superstar’s experience came into play in the second round however, as Ishige controlled Trinidad on the mat and eventually finished the fight with a rear-naked choke in the dying minute of the second round.

While it was a loss, Trinidad’s gutsy performance in her debut fight and in front of a partisan Thai crowd was definitely noteworthy.

“Everything is still surreal to me because I know deep in my heart that I made a lasting impression in my first assignment as an official member of the ONE Championship roster. I guess this is what happens when you dedicate yourself to your craft.” said the 20-year old Manileña, who began as a Sikaran practicioner.

For Trinidad, the loss is nothing but a lesson, as she looks to keep working and keep improving in her MMA journey

“Even though I fell short in my ONE Championship debut, I am excited about how the future will unfold as I continue my career in ONE Championship. For sure, I will be back in the gym to hone my skills.”

“The good thing about this sport is that losses are avenues for competitors to grow.” She continued. “We never lose. It’s either we win or we learn. My match against Rika Ishige in Bangkok is a learning process for me and my team.”

Trinidad also had some kind worlds for Ishige, who improved to 3-1 in her professional career.

“It is truly an honor to face a talented competitor like my opponent Rika. She gave me a tough test. My opponent withstood everything I threw at her. I tip my hats off to her and her skills. The bout against her will be beneficial to my growth as a martial artist in this sport and in ONE Championship.”

No doubt, Trinidad will be someone to watch out for as she continues to progress in ONE Championship’s women’s atomweight division.


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