ONE Championship: Jomary Torres is stronger, more motivated in bout against Mei Yamaguchi
ABS-CBN News on Nov 28, 2018 04:12 PM
"It is sometimes better to feel that. You come to know that you have to work harder and harder. I have learned many things, and now I have more dedication and hunger for this sport." - Jomary Torres
After her impressive undefeated streak ended in unfortunate fashion nearly three months ago, Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres is preparing to make a definitive statement in her last bout of 2018.
Torres is slated to face former ONE World Title contender Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi of Japan in a three-round atomweight affair on the main card of ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS, which takes place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 December.
The Filipina breakout star’s four-match win streak was cut short by Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol at ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES in Jakarta, Indonesia this past September, yielding to the hometown hero by unanimous decision.
While other undefeated competitors sink into obscurity after tarnishing their immaculate records, Torres is determined not to fall into that category as she is eager to pick up the pieces and redeem herself on the most prestigious stage of martial arts competition.
“My loss last September is a big lesson,” she stated. “It is sometimes better to feel that. You come to know that you have to work harder and harder. I have learned many things, and now I have more dedication and hunger for this sport."
Torres stressed that she has her previous bout firmly in the rearview mirror, justifying that the setback has not shaken her confidence
“I was born for tough situations. Deep in my heart, I know I can turn this setback into triumph. I am ready for anything,” she explained.
The woman standing in her path to re-enter the winner’s column is Yamaguchi, who also seeks to return to her winning ways after falling short in her bid to capture the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title from Angela Lee at ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS last May.
A pioneer of Japanese women's mixed martial arts who holds an experienced standing of 17-11-1 with nine finishes by either knockout or submission, Yamaguchi looks to maintain her status as one of the top contenders in the organization’s stacked women’s atomweight division.
“We know that Yamaguchi is a versatile athlete, and I’m ready for whatever she brings,” Torres said. “I learned my lesson the hard way. I feel stronger and more confident.”
Although a tough test awaits her in Kuala Lumpur, Torres is driven to reignite her momentum towards the upper echelon of her weight class.
“I want to show everyone that I improve every time I step into the cage,” she vowed. “I was on the right track to becoming one of the division’s elite, but I got railed off. I don't have any plans of losing again because I want to reclaim that spot.”