Despite falling short against Rika Ishige at ONE: Warriors of the World, Rome “The Rebel” Trinidad remains positive about her future with ONE Championship.
Trinidad (1-1) stepped into the ONE Championship cage for her debut with the organization in Bangkok, Thailand. But although it was just her second-ever bout as a professional mixed martial artist, Trinidad showcased the composure and intelligence of a crafty veteran.
Rome Trinidad is out here looking like a veteran of the sport despite just one fight in her career.
— Jake Nichols (@JakeNicholsMMA) December 9, 2017
Trinidad’s striking in the first round was impressive. In particular, her counter punches were brilliantly timed and executed. Almost every time Ishige attempted a left kick, “The Rebel” stormed forward with courage and attempted to land a right hand punch. From distance, Trinidad connected cleanly and was patient enough at times to work behind a stiff jab.
However, it all fell apart for Trinidad in round two after Ishige turned the contest into a grappling match. Yes, Trinidad did manage an armbar escape early in the round, but Ishige dictated the flow when the fight hit the mat.
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After the contest, Trinidad commented: “It is truly an honor to face a talented competitor like my opponent Rika Ishige. She gave me a tough test. My opponent withstood everything I threw at her.”
But most importantly, Trinidad reflected on her performance in a positive way. After all, Ishige had explained it perfectly because she did withstand everything that Trinidad threw at her. “The Rebel” fought well, but the Thai fighter used her experience and grappling edge to get over the line.
Trinidad believes she made a ‘lasting impression’ in her ONE Championship debut and now looks forward to her next assignment:
“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.”
Jake is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief, based in Tasmania, Australia.