2-time Wushu World Championship medalist Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol of Indonesia leads the way for women warriors in her home country, paving the route towards ONE Championship and opening doors for many who are looking to follow in her footsteps.
The 32-year-old Circle veteran has been working hard over the past few months, staying sharp and getting ready for her return.
Lumban Gaol will step into the ONE Circle again opposite China’s Meng Bo at ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX II, a previously-recorded event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore scheduled to air this Friday, 6 November.
Although she wasn’t sure if she would be competing again at all this year, Lumban Gaol is glad for the opportunity that was presented to her, and vows to make the most out of it.
“I am very glad to be able to compete again. I really didn’t expect it, so I’m happy. I can’t wait to represent my country once more inside the ONE Circle. I will do my best,” said Lumban Gaol.
“I know to achieve today’s success, I have to stay consistent in practicing and trying to improve myself. I am so far enjoying the process. But during this pandemic, my preparations were quite short with limited time. It was certainly a challenge for me and my team.”
Against Meng, Lumban Gaol faces an elite Chinese veteran famous for being the only woman in the world to have defeated current UFC women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili. Meng is also the No. 2-ranked women’s atomweight contender in ONE Championship.
If Lumban Gaol were to defeat Meng, it would surely catapult her up the official rankings, and perhaps even allow her to break the top five.
Lumban Gaol isn’t expecting Meng to be an easy opponent, however, and she knows just how important this next bout is for her.
“She’s a tough opponent. Her record speaks for itself. The game plan will be key in this fight,” said Lumban Gaol.
“For now, I am just trying to improve my stamina and focus on sharpening the techniques I already have. I feel I’ve become more self-disciplined now. I train a lot harder, and most of the deficiencies in my game are being addressed. I still have a long way to go, but I’m moving in the right direction.”
ONE Championship returns with ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX II, a previously-recorded event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore scheduled for air this Friday night, 6 November.
In the main event, reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Kiamrian Abbasov of Kyrgyzstan makes the first defense of his world title against undefeated top contender James Nakashima of the United States.
Lumban Gaol is working hard to achieve her dream of one day becoming a ONE World Champion. A victory over Meng could be just her ticket.
“Every fighter’s goal is to become a world champion. To me, this is the highest achievement. If I can win this match, of course it will mean a lot to me and my team. I will prepare myself as best as I can to keep up in this title race,” said Lumban Gaol.
“My goal is to give Indonesia its first women’s world champion in mixed martial arts. To give my country this achievement and honor, it will be something I can be proud of. It will definitely have a huge impact in the mixed martial arts community in Indonesia, especially for the women.”
Watch the event this Friday, 6 November on Vidio.com, Kaskus TV, or MAXstream at 7:30 p.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB). Additionally, SCTV will air the event on a same-day delay at 11:30 p.m. WIB.