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Gina Iniong

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Gina Iniong
BornGina Iniong
(1989-06-05) June 5, 1989 (age 31)
Baguio, Philippines
NationalityFilipino
Height158 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Weight52.2 kg (115 lb; 8 st 3 lb)
DivisionWomen’s atomweight
TeamTeam Lakay
Mixed martial arts record
Total12
Wins8
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision4
Losses4
By submission1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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Gina Iniong (born June 5, 1989), nicknamed "Conviction", is a Filipina martial artist. She is a six-time national wushu champion, and currently competes for ONE Championship in its women's atomweight division.

As of November 2019, she is the number six pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in Southeast Asia according to Tapology.[1]

Biography[edit]

Iniong is the eighth of 10 children in her family, and hoped to become a police officer in her childhood.[2]

She first took up boxing as a high school student, and later started wushu. She joined Team Lakay in 2007,[3] and later earned a scholarship to the University of the Cordilleras after she won the first of six gold medals at the national wushu championships.[4]

Upon her graduation with a degree in criminology in 2012, she decided to become a full-time athlete.

Martial Arts Career[edit]

Asian regional MMA promotions[edit]

Iniong began her MMA career in 2010 and fought in regional promotions including in the Philippines including Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC),[5] and Martial Combat.

Her performances attracted the attention of ONE Championship, and its CEO, Victor Cui said he would be interested in a match between Iniong and the promotion's atomweight champion, Angela Lee.[6]

Iniong's “Conviction” nickname was inspired by women's MMA pioneer Gina Carano.[7]

ONE Championship[edit]

Iniong was signed to compete in ONE Championship alongside several of her training partners from Team Lakay.[8] She made her debut in the women's atomweight division on April 21, 2017 at ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny, and earned a unanimous decision after three rounds against Natalie Gonzales Hills.[9]

Iniong extended her winning start in ONE in her second match with the organization on November 10, 2017, when she finished Indonesia's Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol via TKO in round two at ONE Championship: Legends of the World.[10] After the fight, Iniong offered to compete again two weeks later in place of the injured Angela Lee against Mei Yamaguchi at ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit.[11] Her request was granted, but in a rematch from a 2013 contest in Pacific Xtreme Combat, Yamaguchi avenged a split-decision defeat with a victory via unanimous decision.[12]

On April 20, 2018, Iniong rebounded from her first defeat in ONE with a win against Jenny Huang via unanimous decision at ONE Championship: Heroes of Honor.[13]

At ONE Championship: Battle for the Heavens, Iniong suffered her second setback in ONE when she was defeated by unanimous decision after three rounds against Brazil's Istela Nunes.[14]

Iniong defeated Hayatun Jihin Radzuan of Malaysia by split decision in Bangkok, Thailand on February 16, 2019, at ONE Championship: Clash of Legends to record her fourth win in ONE Championship.[15]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 8—4 Hayatun Jihin Radzuan Decision (split) ONE Championship: Clash of Legends February 16, 2019 3 5:00 Bangkok, Thailand
Loss 7–4 Istela Nunes Decision (unanimous) ONE Championship: Battle for the Heavens July 7, 2018 3 5:00 Guangzhou, China
Win 7—3 Jenny Huang Decision (unanimous) ONE Championship: Heroes of Honor April 20, 2018 3 5:00 Manila, Philippines
Win 6—3 Mei Yamaguchi Decision (unanimous) ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit November 24, 2017 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 6—2 Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Legends of the World November 10, 2017 2 2:12 Manila, Philippines
Win 5—2 Natalie Gonzales Hills Decision (unanimous) ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny April 21, 2017 3 5:00 Manila, Philippines
Win 4—2 Vanessa Rico Fernandez Submission (Achilles Lock) Pacific Xtreme Combat 51 January 16, 2016 1 1:52 Paranaque, Philippines
Loss 3—2 Cortney Casey Submission (rear-naked choke) Pacific Xtreme Combat 46 November 15, 2014 1 4:49 Manila, Philippines
Win 3–1 Mei Yamaguchi Decision (split) Pacific Xtreme Combat 43 June 8, 2013 3 5:00 Pasig, Philippines
Win 2—1 Nathalie Heidel TKO (punches) Pacific Xtreme Combat 41 November 9, 2013 1 3:43 Pasig, Philippines
Loss 1—1 Xiaonan Yan Decision (unanimous) Martial Combat 6 July 15, 2010 3 5:00 Sentosa, Singapore
Win 1–0 Sonrex Patanao Decision (unanimous) URCC Baguio 2 - Tribal Wars February 19, 2010 1 3:52 Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines

References[edit]

  1. "Asia Southeast Women's Pound for Pound MMA Rankings". Tapology. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  2. "Gina "Conviction" Iniong | ONE Championship - Athletes". onefc.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  3. "ONE Championship: Gina Iniong feels at home with team Lakay". fansided.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  4. "How Gina Iniong Became A Filipina Martial Arts Pioneer | ONE Championship - Features". onefc.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  5. "Team Lakay bets Iniong, Corton win on PXC 51 undercard". rappler.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  6. "ONE Championship boss interested in making Angela Lee vs Gina Iniong". rappler.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  7. "How Gina Iniong’s early hero brought out ‘Conviction’". Manila Standard. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  8. ABS-CBN Corp. "Team Lakay standouts Belingon, Kingad, and Iniong join Folayang in Manila card | ABS-CBN Sports". sports.abs-cbn.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  9. "One Championship Kings of Destiny Results: Folayang vs. Ting". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  10. "ONE Championship 63: Legends of the World". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  11. ABS-CBN Corp. "Team Lakay's Gina Iniong offered to step in for Angela Lee in Singapore | ABS-CBN Sports". sports.abs-cbn.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  12. "PH fighters Iniong, Corminal bow to separate foes in ONE Championship". foxsports.ph. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  13. "Kevin Belingon defeats Andrew Leone via second round TKO | FOX Sports Philippines". foxsports.ph. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  14. "ONE Championship: Battle for the Heavens Results". combatpress.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  15. "Gina Iniong dedicates ONE championship win to ailing mother". rappler.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.

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