Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol Hopes Five-Star Year Will Lead To Gold In 2019

Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol Hopes Five-Star Year Will Lead To Gold In 2019
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Indonesian fan favourite Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol returns to action in her hometown looking to extend her undefeated record on home soil.

Lumban Gaol faces undefeated Filipina Angelie “D Explorer” Sabanal at ONE: WARRIOR’S DREAM at Stadium Istora in Jakarta on Saturday 17 November.

And the super-active 30-year-old is looking to continue her rise to the top of the women’s atomweight division in her sixth bout of 2018.

“I am taking on my busy year with a joyful heart. I am very happy. I am only constantly thinking on how to win my fights,” she says.

“My job is only to train, train, and train to be a champion. I feel good about myself, and I am hoping that God continues to entrust me with more victories in my future bouts.”

Lumban Gaol’s preparation for her bout with Sabanal saw her train up to three times a day at Siam Training Camp to ensure she is fully prepared for the challenge of her undefeated opponent.

Indeed, handing opponents their first loss is nothing new for “Thathie”. She defeated then-undefeated Jomary Torres in her most recent outing at ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES.

“The most important thing is to train and give the rest to God,” she says.

“At the time, my game plan was to strike and anticipate any takedowns. I had no special tricks and was only anticipating her takedowns. Thank God that everything worked as planned.”

Despite her successful performance, Lumban Gaol did reveal one moment where things did not go according to plan, when she failed to react to her corner’s instructions during the bout.

“After seven times entering the cage at ONE Championship, this was the only moment where my coach was angry for not following their instructions in there,” she explained.

Ahead of her upcoming match-up, Lumban Gaol says she has the right game plan to take her to victory once again, and is prepared to win the bout standing up or on the ground.

“It all depends on the momentum on how I am going to win this fight,” Lumban Gaol explains.

“I will definitely rain down my strikes first, and if she’s able to counter, I’ll shift to the ground game.”

With a relentless work ethic and a rapidly-evolving skillset, fans are watching Lumban Gaol come of age as a martial artist in front of their own eyes, as the 28-year-old produces ever-improving performances from bout to bout.

Now she wants to finish her busy year with another win and set up the biggest year of her career in 2019.

“I constantly pray for more victories. I am only practising to win and make everyone around me proud,” she says.

“I am aiming for more achievement by the end of this year and the next. I want to bring home trophies every time I enter the cage, and I am going with the flow.

“If I am entrusted to take on the ONE Atomweight World Champion, I would be thrilled!”