There is a new fire in the eyes of Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres.
After going the distance with two of the best atomweights in the world, the 23-year-old is determined to turn those experiences into a dominant run of form.
The Filipina returns to the ONE Championship cage this Friday, 8 March. She is scheduled to face “MMA Sister” Lin Heqin at ONE: REIGN OF VALOR in Yangon, Myanmar, and plans to use this bout to springboard her back to the upper echelon of the division.
“I am motivated to show everyone the Jomary Torres of old,” the Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines native states.
“I know Lin Heqin is a great athlete, and I can’t wait to share the cage with her and prove that I belong there.
“It has not been easy, especially after losing my last two bouts, but I am not giving up. I want to make sure that I get back and regain my momentum. I have a great career ahead of me. The setbacks in the past will only make me a better competitor moving forward.”
Following a successful rookie year in The Home Of Martial Arts, Torres experienced some difficult times in the latter half of 2018 when she dropped consecutive decisions to battle-tested veterans Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol and Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi.
Although she tasted defeat, the Filipina learned from those encounters and has incorporated those lessons into her training camp.
“The Zamboanginian Fighter” has been preparing for her upcoming bout at Catalan Fighting System in Manila under the guidance of her head coach and strawweight contender Rene Catalan, who is also scheduled for action at ONE: REIGN OF VALOR.
“We worked on bringing back the hunger in my game, as well as improving my aggressiveness, which was for me the main reason I started my mixed martial arts campaign with three straight wins,” she explains.
“In this sport, you must have an outstanding will to win, and the rest will follow and lead you to victory.”
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Catalan has been influential in helping to unleash the atomweight star’s greatness from the very beginning.
The Filipino has extensively worked with Torres ever since she first stepped through the doors of his gym four years ago, and she has developed rapidly.
He knows what his star pupil is capable of achieving, which is why Catalan pushed “The Zamboanginian Fighter” to her limits during training camp.
“We’re going all out with her preparation, trying to get her in the best condition possible,” he reveals.
“We want to improve on everything — be it boxing, kicks, wrestling, or jiu-jitsu. I want to see that hunger for a victory. I want to see more aggressiveness from her. She has to be explosive and impressive in her upcoming fight.”
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Posted by ONE Championship on Saturday, September 8, 2018
Lin may be making her promotional debut, but she enters the world’s largest martial arts organization with some fabulous credentials and more experience than the Filipina.
The 25-year-old Chinese athlete is a sanda specialist and WMMAA Champion who holds a 16-2-1 professional mixed martial arts record.
Driven to add more gold to her trophy case, she would love nothing more than to start her path to the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship on solid footing.
Torres plans to be the roadblock on her path to the belt, however, and Catalan believes his student could finish the Hunan resident at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.
“We might go for a stoppage in this fight,” he states, confidently. “We are prepared to do everything.”