Sunisa Srisen: ‘Victoria, please prepare well’

Sunisa Srisen
Photo courtesy of ONE Championship

The focus of ONE: Fists Of Fury may be on the professional debut of Victoria Lee, but Sunisa Srisen is prepared to spoil the party and get on a winning streak ahead of the ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix.

The talented Thai athlete had a rough entry into ONE Championship as she met Stamp Fairtex, but she quickly rebounded to show her skills against Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige last year.

Sunisa Srisen Prepares for Victoria Lee

Perhaps one of the toughest challenges for Srisen is the lack of footage of the teenage prodigy in competition. Instead, “Thunderstorm” turned to her sister, ONE Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, to help learn what to expect in Singapore.

“I couldn’t find her previous video fights that much, so I studied Angela Lee instead,” Srisen told ONEFC.com. “I think they both would have similar training and style – good at both striking and the ground game. She also has a karate base, too.”

“After I fought with Rika, my coach realized that I still have some weak points in my ground game,” Srisen says. “So he trained me more in BJJ and all techniques with grappling and submissions – especially the rear-naked choke to make my body remember how to react quickly.”

Tightening up her ground game could be the right decision against the young upstart.

Lee may not have a professional bout under her belt, but she is not a neophyte to mixed martial arts. The 16-year-old is a two-time Pankration Junior World Champion, a Hawaii State Wrestling Champion, and has many grappling medals to her credit.

The ground game is where the Hawaiian would expect to have the advantage, but the 20-year-old is preparing herself to manage the dangers and take over against her younger opponent.

Sunisa Srisen said, “I’ve been training since the new year, never taking a break for even one day. While people hang out, I’m still on the mat.”

“My coach put me on the mat with some men who are sumo wrestlers – and some are heavier than 100 kilograms.” 

“Also, I have a new weight training coach. He is from Iceland, and he helps me to build stronger muscles. Then I also have a sports scientist who takes care of my nutrition.”

The 16-year-old American garners most of the interest heading into the contest, but Srisen is unbothered by the interest around her counterpart. Instead, she is prepared to stand out in the spotlight and show herself as a future star of the division.

“I can say that I am more than ready for this fight,” Sunisa Srisen offers. “Victoria, please prepare well. I will take away the win from you and take it back to my home country.”

ONE: Fists Of Fury airs live and free on B/R Live at 7:30 a.m. EST/4:30 a.m. PST from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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