Zamboanga embraces underdog role vs. veteran Seo

FILIPINA MMA fighter Denice Zamboanga embraces her underdog standing and hopes to attain one other big upset in her street to a world title shot within the ONE Championship.

“I do know that she is the hardest opponent of my profession up to now. Because of that, I’m not going straightforward on her. I’ll make certain I’m the hardest opponent she could have ever confronted in her profession, too,” stated Zamboanga.

Zamboanga faces skilled former UFC fighter Seo Hee Ham within the first spherical of the ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix within the all-women ONE: “Empower” present on May 28 on the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

“I’ve been making ready laborious for this combat. A number of ache, sweat, tears and blood went into this coaching camp. I’m in the perfect form of my profession. Physically, mentally and spiritually, I’m prepared for this combat. I’m prepared to present it one hundred pc, and do something it takes to win,” she stated.

The 24-year-old Zamboanga rose to prominence after scoring an enormous unanimous resolution upset over former world title challenger Mei Yamaguchi in simply her second combat within the ONE Championship cage in 2020. She adopted it up with a primary spherical Americana submission win over Watsapinya Kaewkhong in her final combat on Aug. 28, 2020.

“I’ve improved a lot over the previous few months. I’m removed from the final Denice Zamboanga you noticed within the Circle. I’m a a lot better fighter now,” stated Zamboanga. “I’ve diversified my sport and remodeled my fashion and methods. I haven’t even stepped into the Circle together with her, however I can let you know that Seo Hee Ham has already introduced out the perfect in me.”

The 34-year-old Seo is coming into ONE Championship with the momentum of a six-fight successful streak in Road FC and Rizin Fighting Federation. Her newest win was a cut up resolution over Ayaka Hamasaki to win the Rizin atomweight crown on Dec. 31, 2019.

Zamboanga, the No. 1 rated atomweight, is 8-0, whereas Seo is 23-8.

The different fights within the ONE Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix are Ukranian Alyona Rassohyna (13-4) towards Thai star Stamp Fairtex (5-1) in a rematch, unbeaten Japanese Itsuki Hirata (4-0) versus American Alyse Anderson (5-1) and Chinese striker Meng Bo (17-5) towards Brazilian Julie Mazabarba (8-2-1). (EKA)

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