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Sunisa Srisen seeking redemption against Rika Ishige at ONE: A New Breed III

Sep 16. 2020
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By THE NATION

After her ONE Championship debut didn’t pan out the way she planned, Thailand’s Sunisa “Thunderstorm” Srisen is looking for redemption in her next bout. The 19-year-old from Chonburi is a relative newcomer to ONE Championship, but if she can beat her next opponent, she has the potential to become Thailand’s next big martial arts star.

Srisen faces Thai women’s martial arts pioneer Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige at ONE: A New Breed III, an event recorded in Bangkok and airing this Friday, September 18.

For Srisen, this bout is not only a shot at victory, but also at redemption in front of millions of fans watching around the globe.

“I’m going to do better in this fight than my last one, because I’m more conditioned this time. I have a good chance of winning this fight,” said Srisen.

“I have much more to offer and I want to show fans what I am capable of.”

Srisen suffered a first-round TKO against ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex at ONE: No Surrender in July.

“Rika is very good on the ground. Her submission game is excellent. But I’m not afraid to go to the mat with her. I have my own strengths too, and I think I will do well against her,” said Srisen.

“I think I can handle Rika’s ground game. I have a lot of experience in grappling, and I come from a judo background. … I have a lot of respect for Rika, but she doesn’t like getting punched. She will try to take me to the ground, that is her strength. Let’s test her in every area, and then we’ll see who comes out on top.”

ONE: A New Breed III is the final entry of the “A New Breed” series from Bangkok.

The main event features a showdown for the ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship, with reigning champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy of Thailand defending his title against promotional newcomer and former Lion Fight World Champion, Magnus “Crazy Viking” Andersson of Sweden.

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