Gina “Conviction” Iniong, PXC veteran and pride of Team Lakay, feels confident on the rise of Pinay fighters.
[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]T[/mks_dropcap]eam Lakay’s Gina “Conviction” Iniong lets her hands do all the talking. In her most recent fight, she submitted a seemingly bigger opponent in the opening round. After notching her third win inside Pacific Xtreme Combat’s Terrordome, The mild-mannered lady from the Cordilleras might soon get a crack at a title.
Back in the days when mixed martial arts is still emerging on her home soil, Iniong had no choice but to train with male fighters. As she recalled in an interview with Dojo Drifter, “I have no choice but to spar with guys as I prepare for my fights.” Going through this constant challenge says a lot about her character, and it’s safe to consider the veteran Iniong is the face of women’s MMA in the Philippines.
Now that the sport she fell in love with years ago has found worldwide popularity, Iniong sees that women’s MMA in the Philippines is “booming.” More female fighters have joined Team Lakay and some have already competed in local and international organizations. Other local fighters have also made a name for themselves in various leagues.
In her Fight Talk interview, Gina Iniong also revealed the reason behind the monicker “Conviction” and how she reacted after one of her idols Ronda Rousey received harsh criticisms after a brutal KO defeat.