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February 18, 2019, 5:33 pm

MMA: Iniong hopes latest win will lead to atomweight title shot

Gina “Conviction” Iniong is glad she was able to get the better of a hump in her MMA career.

MMA: Iniong hopes latest win will lead to atomweight title shot
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Gina Iniong wants to pile more wins. Handout

MANILA -- Gina “Conviction” Iniong is glad she was able to get the better of a hump in her MMA career.

The Team Lakay combatant squeezed out a well-fought divided determination win over erstwhile-unbeaten Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan over the weekend.

The 6-time Philippine wushu champion now has 8 wins in 12 fights. It was her second win in her last 4 fights.

"It was a big relief. I struggled in my last bouts, so it feels really good to get back on track,” she said following her win.

“Hopefully, this is a start of another run for me at the belt. “

  • MMA: Gina Iniong dedicates fight to ailing mom

It was also a welcome development for Team Lakay which suffered losses with the recent defeats of champions Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio and Joshua “The Passion” Pacio.

Iniong dedicated her victory to her team and, of cause, her ailing mother.

“This win is for my family first and foremost, and of course my gym, Team Lakay, and the Philippines,” she said.

Iniong battled Radzuan with her accurate striking and super takedowns which garnered her points from the judges.

The only time Iniong was really threatened was late in the third round when Radzuan momentarily took the mount position, before transitioning to take Iniong’s back before the match ended.

That did little to convince two of the judges to favor the Malaysian standout, allowing Iniong to walk away with a divided determination.

“I was confident that I did enough to get the win in the end,” Iniong said. “Radzuan is a tremendous warrior, and I wasn't expecting this to be an easy fight at all. Thankfully, our game plan worked.”

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