Four Filipinos aim for glory at ONE: Warriors of the World

April Osenio (right) is one of four Filipino fighters that will compete at ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok, Thailand (Photo from One Championship)


BANGKOK, Thailand – ONE Championship, the largest global sports media property in Asian history, is bound for another historic fight night with four Filipinos making the undercards of ONE: Warriors of the World happening this Friday at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

ONE Championship veteran fighter Jimmy “The Silencer” Yabo from Cebu will take on Muay Thai specialist Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai of Thailand in a featherweight match. Yabo boasts one of the best finishing percentages in the featherweight division, having stopped all five of his opponents by either knockout or technical knockout.

Another Filipino fighter who will face a Thai opponent is Rabin “The Rock” Catalan. The 31-year old native of Iloilo is fighting Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai in a strawweight match. Catalan is eyeing his first victory in ONE Championship after two unsuccessful tries.

Meanwhile, Filipina fighters April Osenio of Team Lakay and Rome Trinidad will be facing Xiong Jingnan of China and Thailand’s Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige respectively.

Osenio, who fought three times in 2016 with a 2-1 record, will enter the cage for the first time this year. A former National Wushu Champion, the 23-year old Osenio looks to climb the atomweight ladder to become one of the top contenders in the division.

On the other hand, model-turned MMA fighter Rome “The Rebel” Trinidad will be making her MMA debut at ONE: Warriors of the World. “It is my honor to be a part of one of the biggest mixed martial arts promotions in the world like ONE Championship. Not everybody gets this chance. I will do my best for my family and also for my countrymen,” Trinidad said. “My bout against a well-revered Thai martial artist like Rika Ishige is a must-win fight for me. My family is going to watch. Not only that, the whole country will be watching as my bout will be broadcasted live worldwide. Surely, I will give everything in this match to bring home the victory,” she added.

ONE: Warriors of the World will feature reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito as he defends his title against Brazilian Alex “Little Rock” Silva in the main event. Naito is unbeaten in his professional career with a perfect 12-0 record with 6 victories via submission and 1 by TKO. Silva on the other hand is a second-degree black belt and Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion. Silva is entering the fight riding a five-bout winning streak.