Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong will soon be a mom.
Now Iniong is contemplating taking a lengthy furlough from MMA, maybe even retiring.
“She thought about retirement, but I told her, ‘Don’t think about it yet’,” Lakay coach Mark Sangiao said in an article posted on ONE Championship's official website.
“I told her to focus on her pregnancy and then maybe she can make decisions after if she really wants to stop.
“I told her that it is hard to decide right now. I’ve seen a lot of people retire, then come out of retirement.
“It’s best for her to just focus on her well-being and pregnancy, and then worry about the next steps in her career later.”
Iniong married Richard Araos last October before winning a gold in kickboxing in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games last December.
In her most recent MMA outing, she decisioned Asha Roka of India.
Then came the life-altering news of her bearing a child, and it changed everything.
“This is such a huge blessing for her. She wanted this for a long time, and it was given,” Sangiao said.
“We cannot really tell if Gina Iniong will return. It’s her decision. We cannot really say.”
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