Taking off from what was an impressive 2018 campaign that saw her win five out of six assignments, Indonesian mixed martial artist Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol is looking to keep active in 2019.
The 30-year old isn’t wasting any time, as she gets right back in the cage against India’s Puja “The Cyclone” Tomar at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY on 19 January in her hometown of Jakarta.
“Thathie” hopes that in 2019, she can finally compete for the division’s top prize.
“I am grateful to receive yet another opportunity [to compete] this year, and I hope this could be the start of something great,” Lumban Gaol told ONE Championship.
“My only goal is to give the best performance and entertain the home audience with a good win,” she continued.
Against Tomar, Lumban Gaol faces a heavy-handed striker with all three of her wins coming via KO or TKO, which is precisely why the Indonesian is looking to exploit her opponent’s ground game.
“Tomar’s strength is definitely her power, but from what I see in her matches, her weakness is the ground game,” she explained.
This year, Lumban Gaol says that she’s ramped up the training in order to get better results, which could eventually lead to a shot at the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship.
“The preparation for this year has been all about discipline; I am training a lot harder to get the maximum results.”
“My coach instructed me to work more on my stamina, power, and techniques to even the odds,” she continued.
A win against Tomar would put Lumban Gaol on a three-bout winning streak, and it would certainly put her in the conversation for the top contender in the division.
“My only conviction this year is to play strong in each match and improve after every fight, so I can take home the ONE Women’s Atomweight belt,” she expressed. ““The only target for an athlete is to get the gold and to entertain our fans.”
No matter how long it takes, “Thatie” maintains that she will be ready and willing to take on all challenges.
“I will always accept as many bouts as possible that God and ONE provide for me.”