Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol during training. (Photo courtesy of Instagram/@hertati880516)
Indonesian Wushu Fighter Seeks to Prove Herself in MMA
BY :AMAL GANESHA
JANUARY 30, 2017
Jakarta. Indonesian fighter Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol is about to join a growing list of elite female mixed martial arts talents in Asia.
Priscilla, fondly known as "Tati" among her peers, has trained in various disciplines, such as kickboxing and Wushu Sanshou.
In addition, she has also competed in numerous international tournaments, including at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
The 28-year-old Jakarta native will make her professional MMA debut at a ONE Championship event in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 10.
"I am very excited for this fight. This is my debut in ONE Championship. I will give the best for my team and my fans," Tati said in a statement.
Although she had successful career as a Wushu Sanshou practitioner, Tati admitted that the sport's multi-faceted element was the major factor on her decision to jump into MMA.
"What made me try MMA is that I wanted to try something new. I was amazed that there are various disciplines in one sport, but each of it is beneficial in being successful," she said.
However, a tough test awaits Tati in her maiden appearance as an MMA competitor as she faces Singaporean prospect Tiffany "Soul Crusher" Teo.
Teo holds an unblemished professional record of four wins and no losses, including two submissions and two knockouts.
The 26-year-old Singaporean fighter began training in taekwondo before moving on to compete in boxing and Muay Thai.
She eventually transitioned to MMA in 2016 and made her ONE Championship debut last November by defeating Walaa Abbas Mohamed Kamaly via a second-round submission.
Although Teo has more experience than her in MMA, Tati is confident that she will have her hand raised against her Singaporean opponent. Seeing striking as her leverage over Teo, Tati plans to dictate the pace of the three-round encounter from the toe-to-toe stance.
"Tiffany has hesitations in throwing her strikes. Meanwhile, striking is my bread-and-butter. I will try to lure Tiffany in striking with me," Tati revealed.
However, she clarified that she is prepared if the bout goes to the canvas as she is extensively working on her ground game.
"My focus right now is on grappling. This is MMA. Fighters should be well-rounded. If she wants to fight on the ground, it's fine with me. I am ready," Tati said.